Skills Employers Will Look for in 2020

Time and again, when clients show me their old resumes, I see skills that are completely outdated or irrelevant, which not only ages you, but tells employers you don’t value the skills that they value. As to what skills I predict that employers will look for in 2020, you can be assured that by this

Why Your GPA Doesn’t Belong on Your Resume

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it now: your GPA doesn’t belong on your resume.  Recent graduates mention their GPAs, which I understand. They’re just exiting an environment where their grades mattered, and if they’re applying to graduate school, they still matter. That doesn’t mean that GPAs add value to resumes, and I’ll explain

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