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,…

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…