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Transforming a Cover Letter into an Easy-to-Read Email

Transforming a Cover Letter into an Easy-to-Read Email

Are Cover Letters Important? Studies and articles are all over the map when it comes to a cover letter’s importance. While some say they are worthless, others claim they are critical. Enotes replaced cover letters when online job submissions replaced USPS snail-mail. I tell clients that if a posting calls for one, you’ll get dinged for omitting it. If it doesn’t ask for one, it…

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Transform your Resume into One that’s ATS-friendly in 6 Steps

Transform your Resume into One that’s ATS-friendly in 6 Steps

Applicant Tracking System Software (or ATS) is the software that reads your resume when you apply for a job online. The telltale sign ATS is at play is when you upload your resume, and it instantly reformats it into what I affectionately term gobbeldy-gook. If not formatted properly, crucial components of your resume may get lost in translation. Avoid this by creating a Plain Text…

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Typo-Free Resume – a 12-Step Checklist

Typo-Free Resume – a 12-Step Checklist

Nothing shuts the hiring door more quickly than a resume with typos. Reviewing your document over and over can make your eyes glaze, which in turn makes your chances of missing a typo increase exponentially! I run resumes past two grammar and spell checks – one provided free with Microsoft Word and the other a subscription service. As a third and final safety net I…

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Five Steps to a Resume that Can Overcome a Short Attention Span

Five Steps to a Resume that Can Overcome a Short Attention Span

No doubt about it – people spend less time than ever reading resumes. Somewhere between six and 20 seconds depending on who you ask. Thanks to online submissions, hiring makers receive more resumes than ever before and thus have less time to devote to each. Make sure your resume contains these, and you’ll get your value across in no time: #1 Career Title: Just like…

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Generalist v. Specialist – The Biggest Post-Recession Mindset Change for Job Seekers

Generalist v. Specialist – The Biggest Post-Recession Mindset Change for Job Seekers

How Generalists Had the Advantage Pre-recession, a manager wearing a multitude of hats running accounts payable, doing a little marketing and managing a customer service team had the competitive advantage. A sales director could easily jump industries by showcasing sales results in his/her role. Pre 2008, these resumes needed to show  a list of fantastic skills and decision makers were happy to plug them into a…

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Give Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

Give Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

No one looks for jobs in the paper anymore. Why use a resume designed for that era? A resume up-to-date in terms of career history but out of date style-wise is a sure fire way to not get a call back. Below are six techniques I use to get a resume up to speed: #1 Lose the home phone Today’s resumes usually include just one…

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How to Go from Passive to Active on LinkedIn and Gain a Competitive Advantage

How to Go from Passive to Active on LinkedIn and Gain a Competitive Advantage

To be cutting edge back when LinkedIn launched back in 2003, all you needed was an account and a profile that outlined your jobs, titles and where you went to school. Boasting a 2014 membership of 300 million, a passive profile alone no longer cuts it – particularly if yours is an industry inundated with job seekers. You need to actively engage your audience and…

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Four Ways to Go the Extra Mile and Get Hired

Four Ways to Go the Extra Mile and Get Hired

No doubt about it – job hunting is rough. While the economy is improving my anecdotal observation is the landscape still favors employers and not applicants. Gone are the days where a quick online submission will get you a job. Today’s job seeker must go the extra mile to stand out, get noticed and GET HIRED! Go the Extra Mile: Email When an application calls…

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News You Can Use: November 5, 2014

Once a week I compile stories of interest that have appeared in my RSS, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds. This week’s edition has some good stuff regarding interviewing and finding a recruiter to help you in your job search.  Check it out! https://paper.li/VAFrancoResumes/1410291563#  


Quick Fixes for Resume Don’ts

Quick Fixes for Resume Don’ts

I don’t know about you but when I try something for the first time and get it wron, I need someone to point out what’s wrong AND tell me how to fix it! Hopefully, like minds will appreciate my quick fix list that includes common resume DON’Ts I often come across and some easy tips to turn them around: TOO LONG: There’s a lot out…

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