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?

You want to know – before you make a huge financial investment – is a college degree necessary to get a good job. I’m not going to repeat the gazillions of studies and statistics that prove that candidates without college degrees earn less than those who have them, nor will I bore you by repeating

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

Best Way to Structure your Resume

Ted is in IT; Beth is in Logistics Management; Patty is in retail, but they all used an identical resume structure. Despite very different industries, each of them have been with the same employer for several years, having begun in a fairly junior position and rising  – often more than once – to positions of