Best Resume Format: Bullets or Paragraphs?

Q:   Should I use bullet points or paragraphs when listing out job descriptions on the resume? A: Whether you utilize bullet points, (short) paragraphs, or a combination of the two when formatting your resume comes down to two things: 1) how much information is being communicated within the description, and 2) what method will […]

Most Powerful Resume Keywords

How to Choose Powerful, Descriptive Keywords for Your Resume The point of the resume is to make a solid first impression, and doing so requires strong, compelling language that effectively markets your experience and skill sets at the appropriate level. No hiring manager wants to read a resume that’s full of nondescript adjectives, or one […]

How Long Should I Wait to Follow Up After a Job Interview?

Q: How long should I wait to follow up with a potential employer after a job interview?   A: Whether you just had a phone conversation or an in-person meeting, your immediate priority should be to follow up with a thank you letter to the interviewer(s) thanking them for their time, and also reaffirming your interest […]

My Proven Formula for Writing a Great Cover Letter

Q: What is the most effective formula or strategy for writing a great cover letter? A: Writing a solid cover letter comes down to a few key points – who your audience is, what kind of information is important to them, and the best way of communicating that visually and verbally. On top of that, communicating […]

Discussing Relocation in Your Resume & Cover Letter

Q: I’m actively searching for a job in another state. How can I mention in my resume and cover letter that I’m open to relocation without getting overlooked? A: Hiring managers are heavily concerned about the logistics, costs, and time required to hire and transition an out-of-state candidate.  For that reason, they tend to favor […]

3 Tips for a Quick Resume Refresh

I hear the same situation over and over again from candidates of all levels – “I haven’t updated my resume in years!” It goes without saying that you should keep your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn presence up-to-date, even if you aren’t actively searching. Candidates often find themselves scurrying to update their materials the moment […]

Are Your Job Titles Helping or Hurting Your Resume?

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) and job boards alike utilize keyword-driven search functionalities to evaluate resumes and assess a candidate’s potential fit. While you can’t always control your job title, you can determine how you are depicted on paper, and to a degree how your resume will be received by such technology. Will you pass, or will […]

Tips for Introverts: How to Network Effectively

Q: How can I make the networking process less awkward while still creating worthwhile connections?   A: If you’re an introvert like me, the networking process can be a daunting and difficult scenario – both in-person and online. Trying to start a conversation and forge worthwhile connections at an in-person event is challenging, as is connecting and […]

Go Beyond the Basics to Make Your Resume Stand Out

In today’s digitally-driven job market, recruiters receive, on average, between 120 and 200 resumes per open position. So it’s critical your resume and application not only meet the standard criteria but really go the extra mile to stand out. Despite the plethora of career advice and job search articles out there, the basics are nothing […]

How to Survive (and Sabotage) the Job Interview

Guest article by Allison Wong of Pluralsight. Your resume is in hand, your interview outfit is polished, and now it’s time to market your best skills and experience. What does it take to ace the job interview? Preparation. You’re ready to do battle on the job front, but you also know that curve balls can […]