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,

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

How to Find a Professional Resume Writer

There are different types of resume writers While there are many professional resume writers who do excellent work, there are also too many “resume mills” that churn out a resume within an hour for a temptingly low price, making it hard to find a professional resume writer who can meet your needs. Resume mills offer

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

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