Five common resume mistakes to avoid

Your resume is more than a list of your past work experience. It is your marketing document that must convince an employer that you’d be a great candidate for the job in just a few short seconds. Here are five common mistakes people make when applying for jobs, and how you can avoid them to…

The resume lie most likely to cost you the job

Most people lie at least a little bit on their resumes.  And, honestly, it’s not always a bad idea. Some lies during the job search are actually good, such as the lie of omission, or the lie that you left your previous job to seek bigger challenges and more opportunities, rather than because you hated…

Nine things that make you look older and can cost you the job

Age discrimination is a reality on the job market. Research consistently suggests that after 40, and sometimes even in your late thirties, your chances of getting hired start to diminish. Employers prefer youth over experience, which is an unfortunate reality in a scene where job hopping has become the new normal and nobody stays in…

Three things that are more important than your resume

When job hunting, your resume will make or break your success. Or so common wisdom has always suggested. But times are changing, according to a recently published CNN article, which says that the one-page document has “lost its dominance.” The claim is that companies and recruiters are putting less emphasis on resumes when searching for…

Essential skill: How to proofread like a professional editor

Writing an error-free resume is critical to getting hired. And once you get the job, good writing skills can help you build your professional brand and advance faster. It’s simply one of the most important skills you can have for career success. I studied professional writing in university and have been a writer and editor…

The words and phrases in your resume that make employers cringe

Your resume should be a marketing document designed to promote your candidacy for a specific role. It needs to highlight your key qualifications and describe how you would be a particularly successful hire for that job. Too often people rely on a generic template of a resume, peppered with buzzwords and clichés that they think…

10 phrases to remove from your cover letter right now

Every job application should come with a cover letter. Even though there’s a pretty good chance nobody is going to read it, you still should write one, because if it does get read, a cover letter can help vault you over the other candidates. Well, a good cover letter can. Most cover letters are bad,…