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I recently received an email from a client who was applying for positions via LinkedIn. Despite being extremely qualified for the roles, he was receiving the following message: “You wouldn’t be in the top 50% of applicants for this job.” Because I know that many other Premium LinkedIn users are receiving the same alarming message when applying via LinkedIn, I thought I would share what I told this client: 1. LinkedIn’s main goal i...
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We're getting into Autumn. Wow. This is the time of year when I recommend that people, yearning for a new job or career, start making the transition to more meaningful work. Do not wait until December or, worse yet, January. That might feel like a good time of the year for this kind of professional development work, but it rarely is. Save the end of the year for celebrating with loved ones and working on small changes that you want ...
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Telling your story via your #resume  does not mean writing a novel. 

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I want your resume to tell your story as well. In fact, I am passionate about it. But I also want your resume to get read. 
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As compelling as they may seem, in most cases, an  #infographic #resume  is not the right approach. 

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Today, I want to do a repost of a post from awhile back. Since I continue to get asked a lot about infographic resumes, I think this is worth a re-share. Infographics are becoming very popular. They quickly communicate a wealth of information in an engaging and creative manner. Personally, I think they are fantastic. So...  Why not use an infographic as a resume, right? Well, hold on for a second before you decide. Last week, I wa...
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Not long after publishing last week's post, I was on a plane talking to a guy about his job search. He got into some of the themes brought up in that post. Specifically, he was discouraged because he feels like the employment landscape promotes a "who you know" mentality. He was wondering if there's a place for people who focus on doing good work and not on meeting friends of friends who have a contact within your dream employer's ra...
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Tips on how to list availability on your #resume  
If you are applying for a position that requires specific availability, then it can be assumed that you meet those requirements (so you don’t need to state that you do).
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Short answer, no. Here’s why: The cover letter is almost exclusively meant to very quickly set the tone and prepare readers to “see” specific details about your experience when they move on to the resume. In almost all cases, this is most effectively accomplished with a one-page cover letter (essentially half a page when you account for addresses, etc.). In all of my years developing job search documents for clients, I can count on o...
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During a recent project with a separating Service Member, I received this note: “I’ve heard that some people view military experience as separate from 'real-world' experience. For example, I tell people I have 8 years of experience as a network administrator because I did it for 5 years in the military and 3 years in the private sector. The response I received was that the 5 years of military experiences doesn’t count because it is not ...
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My "Power of Two" #resume  promotion is going to continue for one more month (and then I really have to put it to bed!).
I am going to extend my current promotion for a fourth month. I think that's the longest that I've ever continued a promotion. For some reason this one is especially popular, so I figured, "Why not?" This will be the last month, though, or it verges on becoming a year-round promotion. And that's no fun – I gotta mix things up a bit. Here's hoping your summer is off to a great start! If you're celebrating a long weekend ahead, I hop...
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make sure your #resume  is excellent before you worry about creating something completely outside of the box.

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We’ve all heard the stories – some are true, many are bordering on the job search version of urban myths. A woman sent a VHS tape to Google instead of a resume and it landed her a senior-level position. A guy created a resume that looks exactly like an Amazon.com web page and it goes viral. A friend of a friend showed up to a place of employment and simply refused to leave until he or she was given a job (at least that worked for Erin B...
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At this time of the year – particularly after tax season – people tend to reflect on their jobs and careers. Many of the questions I get revolve around the classic "do I just get a job – any job – or do I build my career" dilemma. Given that, I wanted to put up this repost of some advice I've given before. I was just on a conference call on which someone said "Right now, people care about getting a job, not reinventing themselves." I...
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Believe it or not, #career  longevity could be working against you.

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Longevity, while still potentially very attractive to employers, just doesn’t command the attention that it once did. In fact, longevity could actually be working against you. Here are three possible perceptions that someone with an extended history with one organization (or in one role) needs to be mindful of: Unambitious – The easiest way to combat this especially negative perception is to highlight a track record of taking on new...
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