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Ten Tacky Resume Tricks to Avoid

Posted: 12.01.2015
As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, over the years I have come across many tacky résumé tricks that candidates use in a misguided effort to stand out. Most recruiters are on to these gimmicks. When you use these tricks, you may appear desperate, or worse yet, dishonest. Avoid them because they do not work and are bound to fail.

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Top 10 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

Posted: 12.01.2015
Your resume is the first and far most important document towards getting the job that you want. Some recruiters receive literally hundreds of resumes per day and getting your resume to stand out among them can be challenging.

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Top 10 Resume Mistakes

Posted: 12.01.2015
As a professional resume writer, clients come to me to prepare their resumes for a number of reasons:
  • They've never prepared a resume before and don't know how
  • They have neither the time nor the inclination to prepare their own resume
  • They know they lack the writing and/or the computer skills to produce a professional resume
  • They've tried it themselves, they're frustrated, and have finally given up

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The New Standard of Resumes, or How Did We Not Know There Was One?

Posted: 12.01.2015
The resume has definitely evolved over the last two decades. There are both minor and radical changes that have crept into resume protocol, some of which have been written about by career experts but have not necessarily penetrated the mass market yet.

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Ten Reasons Your Resume Won’t Get You A Job

Posted: 12.01.2015
Resume styles and trends are constantly evolving. A resume that was effective in landing you a job back in the 90’s, isn’t effective for a 2015 job search. Here are 10 reasons why your resume won’t get you a job.

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Trash the Template and Distinguish Yourself

Posted: 12.01.2015
As principal resume strategist for Graham Management Group, I complete hundreds of complimentary assessments every month. On one particular day, I received requests for resume reviews from three experienced sales managers within half an hour of each other. Putting the resumes alongside each other, I noticed that all three were virtually identical. Other than the companies that they worked for, there was nothing to distinguish these highly qualified senior-level professionals. The structure, formatting, opening statement, and duties all looked like they came from the very same template. It was no surprise to learn that each of these individuals had been floundering in an unsuccessful search for months!

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What Makes a Great Resume

Posted: 12.01.2015
The difference between a great resume and an acceptable resume can be measured in dollars; thousands of dollars. Great resumes attract great opportunities and average ones get lost in the shuffle of daily business activity. What makes a great resume is very subjective.

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You Can Create Superb References

Posted: 12.01.2015
In the last few years, reference checking has been steadily growing in popularity. Current sources indicate that background and reference checks are commonly performed in over 75% of middle management to senior level positions. More importantly, formal reference checking organizations assert that up to 20% of all candidates are eliminated due to poor or questionable references. If you are in the midst of a job search, it is likely that you will be asked to provide a reference. Reference checking usually starts as you near the end of your interview process. So, it is absolutely critical that you produce the very best references to close the deal.

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Practice For Your Interviews

Posted: 11.30.2015
“Practice makes perfect.” “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” There can be no mistaking the value of practice when it comes to job interviewing. Once you have a basic understanding of the most common interview questions and of questions that may be specific to your job category, it’s time to step on to the interview rehearsal stage.

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Inappropriate Interview Questions

Posted: 11.30.2015
Prejudice in employment interviews is real. But seldom does it equate to discrimination.

Too many operate under the delusion that no interview question can be asked relating to personal characteristics or circumstances. However, Canadian employers are permitted to ask tough personal questions. While human rights legislation prohibits employers from making decisions based on permanent personal features such as race, place of origin, colour, religion or disability, among others, it does not prevent them from asking questions based on these grounds. Therefore, while interview questions may be aimed at exposing personal details, this does not automatically lead to the conclusion that discrimination influenced the hiring decision.

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