MAR
28

Make No Mistake! Proofread Your Entire Resume

Welcome to this week’s blog. As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on how to write resumes, prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. 

This week I’d like to share with you a funny, but not so funny story about why Sidney, an Executive Level, Customer Relationship Manager was getting zero phone calls for interviews from his resume.  He did not receive one call for the first two months. Sidney had a positive attitude as he met with me for a word of encouragement. I remember when it was time for Sidney’s appointment, week after week he reported, again and again, no phone calls for the interview.  We discussed the importance of proofreading his resume, even the header. Sidney took responsibility for the final proofreading of his resume. His resume appeared to be perfect. He was over 50, but it didn’t show on his resume. He listed key words of his skills matching the jobs of interest, his degrees were listed were under his education and he included the results in all his accomplishments. We just couldn’t figure out why his resume was not getting interviews. Soon he discovered the importance of carefully proofreading the phone number in the header of his resume.  Read on…

One day, Sidney came my office for our meeting.  He sat down.  This time with a curious look on his face, he said 

I am so embarrassed to tell you why I wasn’t receiving phone calls for interviews. It was because of the phone number on my resume."

"I haven’t even told my wife yet. I wanted to tell you first.”  Sidney was sending his resume to apply for advertised jobs and to set up his own informational meetings. After making a follow up call from a company he was really interested in, he got a call back from the Chief Operating Officer of the company.  He told Sidney, "I returned your call from Caller ID, however, the phone number on your resume is one digit off." Sidney gratefully thanked the company executive.  After they spoke, he couldn’t help but wonder "Who was getting all the phone calls for his job interviews.  Was he or she interviewing too?" 

Once we corrected the phone number on Sidney’s resume, he set up weekly informational meetings and within three weeks, he landed a great job as the Director of Customer Relationship Management for a Fortune 500 IT corporation.  There are more stories I will share with you about the informational meeting Sidney had that helped him land this job. 

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FEB
01

Resume Success for the Mom Re-entering the Job Market

 

Here is a great success story from one of my clients.  I wrote this story for housewives and moms re-entering the job market in one of my books titled “Just Resumes, 200 Powerful and Proven Successful Resume to Get that Job” by Kim Marino. It is available through Amazon.com. To see the actual resume sample we’ll be discussing, check out the resume section at your local library for the book mentioned above.

 

This is a true story from a housewife/mom who got credit where credit is due as experienced husband’s helper and volunteer at her children’s elementary school!

 

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JAN
08

50+ Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! Which Resume Format Works Best for You and Why!

 As a professional resume writer and Executive coach, I write blogs for job seekers going through career transition.  You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition. 

I have been hearing so many stories lately about the functional resume.  Stories that are giving the functional resume a bad rap. I’ve been hearing these stories for years. And, I’ve been writing functional resumes that work great for my clients for 25+ years. So, I would like to educate you on which resume format is best for you and why.  And how to write a functional resume that lands the interview for those that need this resume format.

The best resume format is determined by your future career.

 Not necessarily where you’ve been. But where you are going now. Below is an explanation of the 3 resume formats. 

Here's the 3 resume formats. Which resume format works best for you and why?

1. The chronological resume highlights the progress in your jobs.  This resume format works best for professionals staying in the same profession and moving up in their careers. 

2. The functional resume works best for professionals changing careers or making a lateral change into a different industry or position. It also works well for professionals making a career transition from business owner to a corporate position. 

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MAR
12

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-3

Many of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career. 

In Part-1 we exposed the first four resume writing myths. These resume writing myths included 1-page versus 2-page resumes, chronological resumes, accomplishments and employment history.

In Part-2 we exposed resume writing myths five through eight. These resume writing myths included your education and GPA, community service and functional resumes.

Today we will expose the final four resume writing myths in this 3-part series. These 12 Resume Writing Myths are all from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-3

  9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.

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MAR
05

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-2

If you're new to my blog, I'd like to welcome you. Many of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition. 

Last week we exposed the first 4 Resume Writing Myths. This week in Part-2 we will expose Resume Writing Myths # 5 through #8 of this 3-part series.  Again, I am discussing 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths each week. These Resume Writing Myths are from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-2

5. Always include your GPA.

6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume.

7. Community Service is not important on your resume.

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MAR
01

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-1

As a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition. 

This week is part-1 of a 3-part series.  Each week I will discuss 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths. Myths I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.  So here it is. May the truth be told, once and for all.

Top 4 Resume Writing Myths! Part-1

1. The resume should only be 1-page

2. Include all your accomplishments on your resume

3. The resume should always be written in the Chronological Format

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