Category Archives: Resume Writing

Question: Are Cover Letters Really Necessary?

Are cover letters worth writing? One person says no one reads them. Another says the letter is more important than the resume. – JD Sometimes looking for jobs is a lot like dating: Say you have two dates with two … Continue reading

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Want to Write a Cover Letter in Six Tweets?

My junior year of high school, I drove a tank car that I tried to hide in the parking lot. It had a sticker on the back of the Boynton bears saying, “My other car is a Rolls.” It belonged to my parents, … Continue reading

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Learning to Fight Blah in Job Search

"Your language becomes clear and strong, not when you can no longer add a sentence, but when you can no longer take away from it." Isaac Babel This is one of my all-time a favorite writing quote. My colleagues and … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Bad Fit Blues

“Sign your name here. Now switch hands and do it again. Is it tougher the second time around? Yeah, I thought so….” I’m right-handed. I grew up sitting across the kitchen table from my left-handed sisters. Our seating arrangement prevented … Continue reading

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A Most Unfortunate Resume Mistake No One Will Tell You

I participate in the Career Collective, a community of bloggers who talk about careers and write different posts in response to a common question each month. Up today: scary resume mistakes in honor of Halloween. My mistake is one that … Continue reading

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Resume Quick Fix: How to Catch A Cloud and Prepare for Scans

One of the hardest things about writing a resume is the process of preparing it for electronic eyes–many resumes are scanned and ranked against preferred keywords and never even reviewed by hiring managers. (I can say this frankly because I have worked … Continue reading

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“The Next Opportunity is the One You Create”

Like many of you, I love aphorisms and am a collector of quotes. Sometimes I stumble across a phrase, work very hard to commit it to memory, and then go on a mad dash across the internet to find it … Continue reading

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The 15 Minute Cover Letter

Do you enjoy writing cover letters? If you do, chances are good that you may be an oddball–like me. Over the past ten years, I've helped over 2,000 job seekers write cover letters. I've met less than two dozen who … Continue reading

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Behind the Music Resume with Alec Biedrzycki…

For the past year, I've been scouting for talented job seekers who've made bold moves through public "hire me" campaigns. In the process, I've identified a handful of people who've been able to achieve "career gold": These job seekers have demonstrated the ability not only to execute … Continue reading

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Does Your Hobby Have A Home on Your Resume?

Cue the song that never ends for this post: There are a few debates about resumes that never end. The one I'll focus on today: Do outside interests matter?   Call me evasive, but my answer generally comes with a bit … Continue reading

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