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If you’ve spent any time looking for jobs recently, you’ve probably encountered websites and apps that offer a one click apply process. These sites offer the promise of a quick and easy way to apply for the job of your dreams. Just a single click and soon you’ll be sitting in that executive corner office.
For most of us, life has a tendency to get in the way of our career paths. Employment history gaps are becoming more common, but they’re still often seen as red flags to employers. When it’s time to return to work, you need to reframe those gaps and show yourself in a positive light.
If you’re reading this article, it’s because you are looking for a new job. Maybe you’ve been on the hunt for a while; or perhaps you’re just getting your feet wet and exploring your options. Whatever your situation, I have a simple question for you: How fresh is your resume? Is your resume compelling and on-point? […]
Can your resume engage a human resource manager and make them want to read more? Or, does it just blend in with all other task-oriented resumes they receive? This week’s guest expert Andrea Gerson has seen thousands of resumes and shares her best practices to help you get the attention of your intended employer. She says, […]
When it comes to our online behavior, hindsight is 20/20. The good news is that you can (literally) re-write your online history. I can show you how. Today, I launch How to Wow and Woo Employers Online, a free, three-part course that teaches you how to clean up your online history and build an online presence that gets […]
On Thursday, October 6, Mac List hosted our first “online office hours” event using Facebook Live. This was a great opportunity to connect with our readers in a live and interactive format. Over the hour-long chat, Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of Mac’s List, answered questions from job seekers around the country.
You know you need to spend a lot of time on your resume, but sometimes you can get stumped with questions like: Should I use a creative design or should I keep it neat and simple? Does it matter that I haven’t had a job in over a year? And most importantly: How can I […]
Here’s an ironic, ugly, and unfair truth: being unemployed makes it much more difficult to find a job. Multiple studies show that employers have a bias against candidates who aren’t currently employed. In the some companies, you are automatically disqualified if you’ve been out of work for more than six months. To beat unemployment bias […]
A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Sitting in my inbox right now: An email asking for help. In it, a job seeker indicates that she has sent out 1,884 resumes in the past four months (that’s 471 a month, roughly 15 a day). In these four months, she has landed a grand total […]
A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. For anyone making a career pivot, it’s essential to shift your professional brand so that your new target audience will understand how and why you make sense for the types of roles you’re now pursuing. Too often, people assume that a savvy resume reviewer — […]
A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Do you have a goal to change jobs in 2016? Are you working on your resume, or getting ready to? If so, let’s talk about the oft-debated question: Do I need an objective — or a career summary — on my resume? (Or neither?) I’m going […]
There are many, many errors you can make when preparing your resume. But the biggest (and totally avoidable) mistake is to frame your resume around past job responsibilities, rather than professional accomplishments. Your resume exists for just one purpose: to showcase your unique value to prospective employers. When you focus primarily on previous work duties, […]
A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Let’s get it right out there: Crafting a killer resume is hard. For many people, it’s insanely hard. (This, by the way, is why the entire professional resume writing industry exists.) At JobJenny.com, we’ve worked with PhDs, MBAs, CEOs, PMPs, RNs, BS’s, and just every […]
Many jobseekers expend significant time and energy fine-polishing their resumes, wordsmithing the document until it is “perfect.” They then make a huge mistake by using that exact same resume for each and every job application. You wouldn’t send the same greeting card for every life occasion. Likewise, you shouldn’t send the same resume to every […]
Among human resources professionals, it is commonly held that at least 85 percent of all resumes “suck.” A vast majority of resumes are are poorly written and formatted, and–most damningly–they don’t showcase the candidate’s value to the prospective employer. Where does your resume fall? Is it in the mediocre majority or the awesome, “non-sucky” 15%?
You’ve been spending hours each day on job search sites, applying to each and every job that you’re remotely qualified for. You have 27 versions of your resume, all saved with cryptic titles somewhere on your desktop. If you see another job posting, your eyes will pop right out of your head. Sound familiar? I […]
Writing a winning, stand-out resume can feel like a roadblock to overcome in your job search. Often people experience what we call “resume writer’s block” when applying to a job, especially when dealing with online application systems. To simplify the process, look at your resume as a marketing document that is used to sell yourself […]
Many employers allow applicants to apply for positions through email. This is a often a great option for jobseekers, as it avoids the labyrinthine pitfalls of online application systems. At the same time, email applications represent a different kind of danger. Your email application is the first point of contact with a prospective employer; if […]
Imagine you’re running for a political office. As you approach the podium to give your stump speech to show your qualifications for the job you say with pride, “I can read, I can write, I will show up to all meetings on time”. Will you get elected?
To get the job you want, you need to craft a stand-out application. This can take significant time and effort. Following the guidelines below will undoubtedly slow the pace at which you can apply for open positions, but what you lose in quantity, will be more than made up for with quality. Here are the […]
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