Should You Attach Your Resume to Your LinkedIn Profile?

Have you often wondered if you should attach your resume to your LinkedIn profile? Maybe it would help boost your job search? Don’t. Why not? 1) If your home address is on it – which it shouldn’t be; only use city, state and zip or equivalent – you are putting your information at risk for […]

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Three Types of Resumes that People Don’t Want to Read

Your resume is a communication tool that tells people why they should refer, recommend or hire you. It is not a cruel ritual meant to torment you, and neither should you torment your readers.

When smart people write bad resumes, they waste weeks and months wondering why the phone doesn’t ring. This unhappy result further leads them to putting their energies into thinking about their own situations and insecurities instead of the greater perspective of how to best present themselves to achieve their goals.

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Breaking Out of a Suffocating Job Search

Halloween friendly ghost costumes aside, let’s talk about facing some very real fears. Prospective clients sometimes ask if I can help them break out of a suffocating job search. They tell me that “everything they try” is not working. Nothing is working. I can’t think. I can’t breathe. How can I move forward? When we talk […]

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Five Cures to Resume Writer’s Block

Why is it that so many of us sit at our desks, writing away, deleting, rewriting and generally getting stuck on where to start, where to end and what to put in the middle? A blank page is a great source of anxiety and writer’s block for the majority of us, even those who call ourselves writers. Cure resume writer’s block. Don’t let your resume stand between you and your future.

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Avoiding Resume Failure: Four Things Resumes Need to Do

While a résumé cannot make your career, it can certainly break it. Résumés fail every day. They make a candidate look too scattered, too junior, too specialized or too much of any other trait that is undesirable in general or a particular case and not enough of what an employer actually does want. In the hundreds of résumés I read last year alone, I can say that the greatest point of failure is that the résumé writer did not step back and consider what he or she was trying to communicate.

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Sending a Bad Cover Letter is Like Taking Your Date to the Drive-Thru

Bad cover letters are like drive-thru dating. Here’s why: hastily dashing off a cover letter is as likely to make a negative first impression as asking someone out on a date and then failing to put in the effort.

A poorly written cover-letter lacks the three C’s: creativity, curiosity (about the employer and its needs) and care.

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