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To Write a Great Resume: Ask Yourself These 5 Questions


Almost anyone can explain the day–to–day, nitty gritty details of their job description.

But many struggle when it comes to communicating the end result of their work, and how those spreadsheets, reports, conference calls, campaign concepts, and big ideas create serious value for an organization…   

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There Are 3 Types of Job Applicants: Which Are You?


Hiring a full time employee for my Los Angeles office has been an eye-opening experience, as both a hiring manager and a career consultant.

Granted, over the course of my recruiting career I have hired for hundreds of jobs; I’m used to the influx of under-qualified applicants…   

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First Rule of Resume Writing: Forget the Rules


I’m not a fan of the “MUST/MUST NOT” rules of resume writing. Most of us are familiar with the obvious ones: one page only, a certain font, a limited number of bullets, etc. When I write a resume, in fact, each of my conversations with a new client concludes with me asking them what their initial expectations are for the final product – what would they like to see changed or improved about the document they’re working with? And more often than not, I get a response like this: “I have no idea. I don’t know what employers are looking for.”   

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3 Rules for Perfectly Practical Resume Design


I love designing a resume as much as I enjoy writing them. After all… a well-thought out design only makes great content that much better. And of course the opposite also holds true:  ineffective presentation detracts from the quality of the content, and negatively impacts how well it’s received. Today, I share practical insights into the principles of effective resume design and presentation tactics that I incorporate into my work, and that you can adapt to your own process for designing eye-catching, storytelling resumes that stand out from the crowd of blah. Let’s examine three resume writing rules and their   

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6 Reasons You Need a LinkedIn Profile Right Now

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Today, LinkedIn and your resume go together like peanut butter and jelly – universally accepted as a good thing, a standard even. Yet, I still get asked all the time: Do I really need a profile on LinkedIn?

Here are 6 reasons why you should be on LinkedIn, and if you already are, why you should continuously update and optimize your profile…   

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7 Simple Follow Up Rules for Job Seekers

Follow Up To-do List

Proper follow up is an integral piece of your job search, and how you execute can make or break your chances at snagging an interview, or even an offer. And while we live in the digital age where immediate information at our fingertips is the norm, it’s not quite the way the hiring process works. As such, your efforts in following up after an interview, and even submitting your resume, require a delicate balance of assertiveness and respect for your contact’s time.   

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