One thing I always look for in candidate resumes

Consciously or subconsciously, we are always looking for patterns, for stories we can relate to. This is even true while we read resumes. When considering your application, employers will be looking for the story of your career. Demonstrating a clear plot can be the key to a winning resume. When I am evaluating resumes, I…

How to focus your application on the most important part of a job posting

Reading through job ads can be discouraging. All too often candidates see a high-level job title and a lengthy list of degrees, certifications, and years of experience in the requirements section and get scared off from applying. The thing is that job titles vary widely from company to company. In some companies a ‘manager’ might…

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…