Nine tips for getting your resume past the bot that reads it first

Are you sending out endless resumes, and not hearing back from anyone, even though you’re pretty sure you’re qualified for the jobs for which you’re applying? It’s possible that your resume isn’t making it past the electronic gatekeepers, also known as Applicant Tracking Systems. You’re probably already aware of this, but most medium to large-size…

Five things I always cut from the resumes I review

Having worked as a writer and publisher of career news and advice for nearly two decades now, I have probably read tens of thousands of resumes. I have also written and rewritten resumes for hundreds of people. There are a few common missteps that I see over and over again in people’s resumes. Most of…

The most commonly misspelled words to watch out for in your resume

Google trends last week released a list of the most commonly misspelled words that people look up. Interestingly, mispelled, sorry that should read misspelled, is actually one of them. Other words that top the list for frequent spelling gaffs include beautiful, schedule, and decision. Watch out for those when applying for a job; they could…

The one skill that really matters on a resume for a high-paying job

It’s not the fancy school that you went to or the latest programming language you’ve learned that will land you the fattest paycheques. No, there is really only one skill that you need to demonstrate on your resume to get hired for the top jobs – regardless of what field you are in. Shark Tank…

How to read a job description (what savvy job seekers should look for)

There is valuable information hidden in job descriptions that many candidates fail to take advantage of. Here’s what you can watch for that can give your application a significant boost over the competition. The job title The job title is generally the first thing you read in a job posting. It’s the reason why you…

The worst cover letter ever (and how to fix it)

Some of the most commonly asked career advice questions are about writing cover letters. People wonder if they still need to send one at all, and if so, what they should include in it. First off: yes, you should submit a cover letter along with your resume when you apply for a job. It’s true…

8 ways to ruin your resume

There are a lot of ways to ruin a resume, and a new survey has provided a list of these. The survey of more than 850 current and former hiring managers in the U.S., found that the worst thing you can have on your resume is “a few or more spelling errors.” This should come…

What employers see in your resume file name (that you don’t)

The details matter. When you’re competing with other candidates for a job, employers are going to notice which potential hire put the most care and attention into getting it right. In a few recent articles, we’ve pointed out that employers can read more into your contact information than you realized you were communicating, as well…

What employers see in the length of your resume that you don’t

The little things matter. Reading your application for a job is the very first impression that employers will have of you. The details of your submission are often communicating more than you intended. Here is an often-overlooked example. When looking for advice on writing a resume, you’ve probably heard conflicting information about how long it…