What’s a Proven Leader? And Other Phrases That Don’t Belong on Resumes

“I am leader, and I can prove it?” Is that what job candidates and some resume writers (the not so good ones) mean when they include”proven leader” as part of your value proposition? Pretty silly, isn’t it? And I’ll bet that the phrase, “results driven” follows close behind – another phrase that doesn’t really mean

Are Functional Resumes a Good Strategy?

I still see people recommending functional resumes for those who have employment gaps, or whose job titles don’t convey the full extent of their competencies. This advice is always well-intentioned, but it’s just wrong because it impresses exactly nobody, nor does it obfuscate any unemployment gaps. There’s a much better strategy for tackling these issues

You’re Graduating: Now Learn How to Write a Resume

Last week, I met two new clients, both of whom had graduated in 2016, but neither of whom knew how to write a resume – and the result was a bad post-graduate year in which neither had found employment in his or her profession. Things should change for both of them quickly now that they

The Generic Resume: Don’t Waste Your 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