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Write For Humans, Not Machines

Many companies receive hundreds (if not thousands) of resumes for job postings. When that occurs, there’s no time for the hiring manager to sift through them all. That is why some companies rely on applicant tracking systems to conduct the initial review of resumes.
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12 Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

Typos, grammatical errors, and bad formatting are three possible reasons why an employer could reject your application. But what else might be contributing to your lack of success in getting interviews? Here are 12 things you should consider leaving off your resume: 1. Generic
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Is It Okay to Leave a Job Off Your Resume?

Here is my thinking … Resumes are essentially marketing documents. Their main purpose is to present your relevant experience and qualifications to an employer that (hopefully) will get you to the interview. Resumes—first and foremost—must be truthful and should not mislead the reader in
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Try Writing a Failure Resume

Most of us don’t bother to reflect on our past and how we became the person we are. Or, if we do, we fool ourselves by only focusing on the good parts of the story—not on the failures and setbacks we may have experienced
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23 Buzzwords That Make My Head Explode

Many of you know I detest buzzwords and other corporate jargon. In many cases, these are terms invented by consultants who take an old idea, put a new label on it, make it as confusing as possible, and then sell you a solution. Unfortunately,
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Is Your Resume the Flip Phone of Resumes?

If you have been out of the job market for some time—but now find yourself looking for a job— simply dusting off (and using) your old resume could be a very unwise decision. Even if you are well qualified for many jobs, you might
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12 Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

Employers often receive several dozen if not hundreds of resumes for job openings. Since they don’t have time to read each one carefully, they often look for reasons to reject an applicant. Typos, grammatical errors, and bad formatting are three possible reasons for putting
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Write For Humans, Not Machines

We just finished a series of four job search webinars for newcomers to Nova Scotia who are registered in the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program. In one of the webinars, we had several questions about applicant tracking systems such as how they might change the
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Write A Failure Resume To Learn About Yourself

“Tell us your greatest failure and what you learned from that failure” is a common interview question and one that catches a lot of people off guard. That’s because on our resume and in interviews we focus only on the positives—those skills, successes and
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The Complete Resume Checklist

Employers don’t spend much time reading resumes. Most say they spend only 20 – 30 seconds. That doesn’t give you—the applicant—great odds of being selected for an interview, even if you are a qualified candidate. In fact, the best candidate often doesn’t get selected
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