Branding Your Resume: How Your Lead-off Batters Make or Break Your Resume Brand

We’re so close to our resumes and so familiar with every aspect, often we can’t see the first branding impression it makes.  When someone reads your resume, you immediately create a brand – but is it really the brand you want to create? Is it YOUR brand? I recently met a young man (let’s call […]

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When It Comes to Resumes…Sweat the Small Stuff!

Steve, a talented albeit painfully unemployed writer and editor, couldn’t see that his own resume was undermining his job search efforts. Yet it only took me a few seconds  – and a fresh set of eyes – to see why he wasn’t getting more than an occasional interview. Or even if he did manage to […]

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Are You Getting Screwed By Your Professional Resume Writer?

I am writing this while still a bit ticked off, so please bear with me. I know there are many great resume writers out there – some of them I know personally. But I just heard something a few days ago that left me steaming. Someone I met – let’s call him Bob – showed […]

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Who the Heck is Screening Your Resume?

From what you tell me, some of you spend a lot of time working on your resumes. Others (sorry to say) not so much. And then there are those of you who prefer to simply pay a professional to create the perfect resume “hire me” card. All in the hope of getting yourself to that […]

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The Great Cover Letter Myth: Why Your Cover Letter Can’t Always Save You

I’ve been taking some career coaching classes lately. (Fear not. I promise not to jeopardize my non-expert status too much.)  Anyway…while we were talking about resumes, one of the people in my class asked “Do resumes really matter? It’s all in the cover letter.” After I got up off the floor and brushed myself off…oh […]

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7 Resume Landmines That Can Blow Up AFTER an Interview

I heard a discussion a few days ago where one of the speakers made a flat-out statement asserting 100% if you’re getting a good number of job interviews – even if you’re not getting offers – your resume must be good enough and therefore not an area for you to focus on at all. Almost […]

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How to Handle Annoying Red Flags in Your Resume

Dear Ronnie Ann, I need your help. I’ve been on a job search now for 16 months (I know!) and this afternoon one of my most trusted mentors basically said I have a lot of red flags in my resume – and that may be why I haven’t been hired yet. I was laid off […]

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Is Your Resume Sure-Fire Proof of Insanity?

Pop psych wisdom tells us that a sure sign of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results. Well…the same holds true for your resume. Any resume doctor worth his or her salt will tell you that a good resume really can make all the difference. This is not mere […]

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Will These 10 Resume Killer Phrases Really Destroy Your Resume?

There’s a Liz Ryan “resume killer” article setting the blogosphere ablaze (well at least warmly abuzz) that offers a list of overworked resume phrases that kill your resume (or so she says) and therefore you should never, ever, positively no way use them.  Here are those dastardly resume-killer word combos that, that according to Liz, […]

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Good to Have a Friend in HR Tell It to You Straight!

I was shocked at how poor my job hunting skills had become after 20 years. Now I know how divorced people feel when they try to date again.

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