Get rid of unnecessary detail in your resume

One of the first steps I take when writing a client’s resume is to strip away anything that doesn’t add meaning in explaining that individual’s value proposition. So if you’re wondering what constitutes unnecessary detail in your resume, read on. A professor who taught a graduate program in writing gave our class excellent advice. She

How to Deal with Employment Gaps in Your Resume

You already know that employment gaps in your resume will cause some recruiters and hiring managers to reject your resume. That’s unfair, but it’s a reality, so let’s discuss some ways to hide or explain the gap in such a way as to avoid rejection. The reason for the employment gap determines how to handle

Is a College Degree Necessary to Get a Good Job?

10/31/19 update This post has clearly struck a nerve, as it’s one of the most widely read on this site. My guess is that you’re reading it because you’re in the job market, and want to know if the lack of a degree will count against you. Or you’re considering whether it pays to get

Why does my resume get rejected?

“I’ve applied to so many jobs, but I never hear back! Why does my resume get rejected – for every job I apply for? Clients call me every day, frustrated about high rates of resume rejection when they apply for jobs online. The reason that so many resumes are rejected when job candidates apply online

A Generic Resume is a Waste of Money

“I’d like you to write me a kind of generic resume so I can apply for a variety of jobs.” I hear this request at least once a week, which means the job seeker is stuck listening to me rant for 15 minutes about why a generic resume is a complete and total waste of

Who Gives the Best Resume Advice?

You want feedback on your resume, but who gives the best resume advice? Many people solicit feedback on their resumes from well-intentioned people who nevertheless are unqualified to weigh in. I recognize that it’s more than a bit self-serving since I’m clearly suggesting that I am qualified, but stay with me; I am qualified, but

Why You Need a Professional Brand

Jeff Bezos famously noted that your brand is “what people say about you when you leave the room,” and that’s exactly why you need a professional brand, and you need to articulate your brand on your resume. Let me explain why. Your professional brand tells recruiters and prospective employers who you are, what you do,

Do Employer Descriptions Belong on Resumes?

Gary emailed me his resume, and we sat down to discuss it. I asked him, “why do you want your resume to describe your employer?” “Shouldn’t it” he asked. “If recruiters don’t understand what my employer does, how will they understand my role?” Should Your Resume Include Descriptions of Your Employer? Recruiters are less interested in