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Posted January 04, 2013 by

What to Do About Gaps in Your Resume

CollegeRecruiter.comA job seeker may worry about leaving a negative impression with potential employers once they see any gaps on his or her resume.  So, how can a job seeker overcome this issue?  Learn more in the following post.

This is probably one of the most common questions job seekers face when creating a new resume. The traditional chronological resume can be daunting when there is a gap in employment. Knowing that you will have to explain the gap during an interview can be even more daunting. No worries!  There are several ways to deal with this problem, and any expert resume writer can easily communicate your value regardless of whether or not you’ve been unemployed for a period of time.

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What to Do About Gaps in Your Resume

Posted December 07, 2012 by

What A Resume Is NOT

CollegeRecruiter.comYou know that a resume is supposed to tell an employer who you are and what you have to offer.  Make sure it does these things and not those described in the following post.

So often, when researching how to put together a resume, the posts and articles are a lot of “a resume is this,” and “a resume should have this,” but often, there is no information about what is dangerous or unnecessary in a resume. That is what this post is for–to help you understand what a resume is not so you can create the best and most impressive resume.

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What A Resume Is NOT

Posted August 30, 2012 by

Are Writing Mechanics Making or Breaking Your Executive Resume?

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

There are so many essentials to consider when writing an executive resume that sometimes it can be easy to overlook critical elements of the writing process. One often overlooked element is writing mechanics.

Paying attention to writing mechanics can include making sure your sentences are correctly structured, words are not misspelled, word choice is correct, and the document does not contain any obvious grammatical errors. As you can imagine, making too many mistakes on your resume could result in its being tossed. So what are some ways you can avoid making mistakes when developing and finalizing your resume? (more…)

Posted August 14, 2012 by

Is Your Executive Job Search in Limbo?

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Executive job seekers have learned over the past few years that a search at any professional level can be challenging in a tough job market. If enough time passes, it could seem like the search is in complete limbo.

Of course, no job search is perfect. No matter how amazing your qualifications appear, it can be tough to secure a job against other highly qualified candidates. But by refining your resume writing and networking skills, you may be able to improve a search that seems to be stalling. (more…)

Posted August 14, 2012 by

Executive Resume Too Short? Here Are Some Ways to Lengthen It

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

There are many challenges to being an executive job seeker. It’s likely that one of the biggest is that you have been employed for so long that you don’t remember how to search for work anymore. Not to mention that the job-seeking world may have changed significantly since your last seeking experience.

But another challenge some executives struggle with could be unique to others: the short resume. If you are a candidate who has experience with only one or two companies, you may feel uncomfortable submitting a resume that looks like it could belong to an entry-level professional. (more…)

Posted August 02, 2012 by

Executive Resume Words and Phrases You Should (and Shouldn’t) Avoid

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

If you’ve been searching for executive positions for some time, it’s possible that you’ve gotten into the habit of utilizing catchphrases to describe yourself. While there’s nothing wrong with choosing great brand attributes to define who you are, you want to avoid those that sound generic to decision makers who read your resume.

Sometimes, a word or phrase sounds impressive, but when broken down into simple language actually means that you are organized, or work well with others—something all executive candidates should be great at by now. To avoid sounding too clichéd or ordinary on your resume, let’s take a look at some phrases that you should and should not include. (more…)

Posted July 12, 2012 by

What You Shouldn’t Add To Your Executive Resume

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

In your attempt to create the perfect executive resume, you’ve probably run into a lot of information regarding what should be included, but oftentimes, what shouldn’t be included is just as critical. The last thing you want is for a key decision maker to think: “I would have called this candidate for an interview if only her resume weren’t so …” To prevent this statement from being made about your resume, it’s good to avoid adding information that’s not needed. (more…)

Posted July 02, 2012 by

It’s Time To Write A Fresh Executive Branding Statement

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Writing your own executive resume can feel extremely intimidating if you’ve grown accustomed to having a professional do the work for you. But there’s something to be said about taking a look at yourself and finding the words to describe who you are and what you’ve accomplished.

One piece of your resume that does an amazing job of describing your accomplishments and potential value to a company is your branding statement. There are many examples out there that can help you write one, but none will help you deliver your message as authentically as when you craft your own fresh, high-quality branding statement. (more…)

Posted June 25, 2012 by

How to Feel Confident About Writing Your Executive Resume

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

The process of writing an executive resume can feel downright intimidating for someone who has been out of the job-seeking loop. But if you’ve been successful as an executive for the past few years, then it’s understandable that you’d have little experience—you’ve been busy working!

Now that the time has come for you to begin the process of applying for jobs, it’s important that you feel good about every step in the process since your attitude makes a huge difference, especially as you write your resume. So how can you gain some confidence? Here are some ideas to consider … (more…)

Posted June 14, 2012 by

QR Codes: Use Them to Enhance Your Executive Resume

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

As technology evolves, new opportunities continue to emerge that enhance executive resumes and overall job searches. One relatively new concept that job seekers are taking advantage of is the QR code.

The QR code, also known as the quick-response code, is a 2-dimensional bar code that contacts a set of data (text, numbers, or a hyperlink). If the code is placed on an executive resume, it can instantly link a hiring decision maker to important details about you as an applicant. (more…)