Does Your Resume’s Contact Information Make or Break Your First Impression?

A great resume is a key first step toward that next critical step – getting an interview. Just as your choice of wardrobe is important to face-to-face interview success, the contact section at the top is your resume’s chance to make a great first impression.  While details like your name, address and email may seem … Continue reading “Does Your Resume’s Contact Information Make or Break Your First Impression?”

Does Your Resume Pass the Scan Test? Write it Like a Newspaper and it Will!

The term “resume reading” should be obsolete in today’s job market. Given that the average reader spends between six and 20 seconds on the first pass, we should really refer to it as “resume scanning.” While the idea of scanning versus reading a resume may be terrifying – understanding where our eyes dart and making … Continue reading “Does Your Resume Pass the Scan Test? Write it Like a Newspaper and it Will!”

6 Steps to Deep Dive Company Research

Whether identifying companies to target or preparing for an interview, research is a critical component to any successful career strategy. Most career coaches and interviewing experts agree that researching a company is key to formulating astute interview questions; in large part because employers recognize that those who took the time to uncover information about a … Continue reading “6 Steps to Deep Dive Company Research”

5 Online Tools Key to Targeted Job Sleuthing

Targeted research can offer a tremendous advantage when it comes to executing a smart and effective job search, and employing multiple job search methods will help you land a role faster than using just one or two, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics referenced by the Michigan State University Career Services Network.  While the … Continue reading “5 Online Tools Key to Targeted Job Sleuthing”

How to Transform Everyday Tasks into Resume-Worthy Quantifiable Achievements

When it comes to resumes and LinkedIn profile reading, nothing screams “achievement” in my experience more than statistics and numerical figures. Why? Numbers let the reader see your bottom-line achievements without the need for fluffy adjectives and descriptive language. We All Have Numbers For those in sales who are responsible for meeting quotas on a … Continue reading “How to Transform Everyday Tasks into Resume-Worthy Quantifiable Achievements”

5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Persuasive LinkedIn Summary Section

Did you know that after the headline section, LinkedIn Summary is the second most widely-read section on your profile? Furthermore, studies show readers spend a majority of their total time focused solely on this section. THE BOTTOM LINE? If you don’t hook the reader with a persuasive LinkedIn Summary Section your chances are slim that … Continue reading “5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Persuasive LinkedIn Summary Section”

Why is Your Resume Not Getting Any Attention?

Originally posted here If you stick to the resume formatting that worked back in the 80s, 90s and heck, even through 2010 . . . you run the risk today of being overlooked or that critical key points will get missed altogether! The culprit? Technology. For better or for worse, technology has transformed our lives … Continue reading “Why is Your Resume Not Getting Any Attention?”

Will a LinkedIn Premium Membership offer a Strong ROI on your Job Search?

As LinkedIn continues to evolve and the site continues to grow, plans and user offerings are likely to continue evolving to meet the needs of its diverse membership. In my experience as a Professional Resume and LinkedIn profile writer who has helped clients leverage LinkedIn to its fullest and successfully land interviews, I’ve learned that … Continue reading “Will a LinkedIn Premium Membership offer a Strong ROI on your Job Search?”

4 Easy Ways to Increase Your Profile Views on LinkedIn

If your goal is to generate attention (particularly from recruiters), a stagnant LinkedIn profile or one merely up to date is not likely to get you far. The chances of your LinkedIn profile reaping rewards exponentially increase if you remain active. In addition to targeting companies and people to include in your network for outreach, … Continue reading “4 Easy Ways to Increase Your Profile Views on LinkedIn”

#24 – Career Expert Series – Virginia Franco On Crafting Effective Resumes

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:33 — 16.1MB)Subscribe to The CareerMetis Podcast Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSSFor this Episode of The Career Expert Series – we will be hearing from Resume Expert Virginia Franco. Virginia Franco, NCRW, CPRW is a double-certified Executive … Continue reading “#24 – Career Expert Series – Virginia Franco On Crafting Effective Resumes”