Leave These 9 Things off Your Resume

(appeared in HuffPost by Casey Bond) When was the last time you reviewed your resume? According to a recent poll by career site Monster, 39 percent of respondents said they updated their resume the last time they applied for a job; 8 percent said they couldn’t even remember the last time they looked at it. But

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

Are you a Proven Leader? Prove it.

“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

Here’s What Recruiters Look for in Your Resume

It doesn’t matter what you think your resume should include; you need to be aware of what recruiters look for. Maybe you’ve shopped your resume around to your family and friends or campus career center for their opinions. But truthfully, the only opinions that really matter belong to the people reading your resume – your

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

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,