If you’ve been wondering when to leave your job, the answer is probably “within the next six months.” But as much as we hear about how essential it is to change jobs every two to four years, the bottom line is that—subconsciously—this concept remains anathema to many people. It takes incredible discipline to get up […]
Some of us are “word” people and some of us are “number” people, but when writing your resume, you need to be both. Its arguable that metrics are as important—if not more important—than language. Regardless of the balance, it is absolutely essential to master the art of quantifying achievements on your resume. Frankly, metrics are […]
Contemplating a job search? But perhaps you have had a hard time diving in? Well, prepare yourself for some serious motivation… You’ve probably heard some buzz about the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ January 2018 jobs report over the last few days. Perhaps about how it was so positive that the stock market fell significantly? (While […]
Whether you’re preparing for a job search or seeking to expand your knowledge on a topic, staying informed regarding changes in your profession—and industry—is an essential component of career management. For instance, if you’ve been working at the same company for a few years, chances are you’re focused on the technology tools your company uses […]
For many of us, the new year is the ideal catalyst we need to find a new job. But it’s far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the search—and its potential for a better salary, expanded title, and greater job responsibilities—and lose sight of a primary reason people leave their jobs: […]
It’s holiday season at work. You know the drill. People are hard to get ahold of. Your office building’s lobby is decorated. You have a secret Santa gift to buy. Maybe there’s a holiday lunch this year instead of an evening party but, otherwise, you are seized by a sense of déjà vu…including that sinking […]
The job search process can be daunting – especially if you haven’t been in the market for a few years. Much has changed and to achieve any meaningful goals, you’ll need to outline your strategy, make a tactical plan and—critically—execute elements of that plan. How do you hold yourself accountable and deliver on the commitments […]
During a job search, it’s important to focus on networking, cultivating relationships and connecting with real people—and not rely solely on job postings and submitting your resume to as many opportunities as you possibly can. And, uploading your resume to every job board and waiting for someone to contact you isn’t an effective job search […]
We spend so much time researching companies and preparing our responses to likely interview questions that we can forget how crucial it is to think about the questions to ask at a job interview. Ultimately, what you ask a hiring manager is equally important to how you articulate your responses to their interview questions. Your […]
While there are no hard and fast rules to resume editing, there are guidelines that can help you craft an effective, compelling resume. In addition to including achievements and quantifying information to demonstrate the scope of your role and impact you’ve had, it’s also crucial to know what you should not include when resume editing.
Whether you wrote your resume years ago or this morning, be sure to remove the following:
“References Upon Request” — This is a given. It’s understood by both the candidate and hiring manager that references will be made available when the selection process has advanced to the appropriate stage.
Objective Statement — Nothing transmits “outdated” more so than including an objective statement at the top of your resume. Hiring managers want to know how you will help them — not how they can help you. In place of stating what you are seeking, provide a high-level overview of who you are as a professional and the value you can deliver to the organization.
“Etc.” — Can we agree now to banish the use of “etc. in your resume?” What does “etc.” even mean? That you have one more skill or ten more? Hiring managers certainly will not know and it only succeeds in implying that you took a shortcut instead of thinking your skills through. Replace “etc.” with specific details. For example, instead of writing “Led marketing communications, PR efforts, etc. for major company rebranding effort,” give the reader the specifics. What else did you lead in the company’s rebranding effort? The more high-level detail you can provide during resume editing, the better.
While some of these recommendations may be second nature to you, not everyone keeps current on resume writing and resume editing trends. When in doubt, perform some research or ask someone in your network to review your resume and give you feedback.
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