Can a Freelancer Get a Full Time Job?

Why can’t freelancers find full time work? When freelancers look for full time jobs, they are often baffled by rejection from companies for positions they are well qualified for. This has happened to all of my self-employed clients who decide transition to full time employment. However, given their poor success rate, many wonder, “can a

10 Most In Demand Skills Employers Look For in 2019

Time and again, when clients show me their old resumes, I see skills that are completely outdated or irrelevant. Not only does listing these skills take you out of the running, but it really ages you as well. To avoid this career faux-pas, here are the most in demand skills employers look for in 2019.

Update your Resume for 2020

You probably need to update your resume for 2020 to reflect the most recent job search trends. Everything is subject to trends, and resumes are no different, but that doesn’t stop job candidates from submitting resumes that are astonishingly old school. Recruiting has gone digital; social media plays an increasingly important part in sourcing candidates,

Do You Need to Write a Cover Letter?

I’ve never understood why job candidates need to write a cover letter, and I don’t understand why it’s a hotly contested issue within the hiring process. Here’s the fact: the vast majority of people in recruiting don’t read cover letters. I periodically survey recruiters and HR professionals in my network to get their feedback, and

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

Should I Accept a Lower Level Job?

When you’re unemployed, or just really, really need to quit  your current job, you may wonder if it makes sense to take a lower level job – either in terms of salary, responsibilities, title, or all three. The answer – as with so much in life – is that it depends. And what it depends

What are Your Salary Requirements?

Rose, a client whose resume I’d recently written, emailed me today to say that her first interview with her target company had gone very well, and in follow-up the interviewer asked, “what are your salary requirements?” This question makes everyone understandably nervous; if the number you give is higher than the employer has budgeted, you

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