Resume

The words you choose to use and how you present information on your resume can dramatically impact the results you get. As a job seeker, you have to remember that your goal with your resume is to make an immediate impact by impressing hiring managers and recruiters with something you have that they want. One of the best ways to do that is to offer quantifiable information.

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There has been—and most likely will always be—discussions over the “best" format for resumes. While there's no debate over the need to ensure your resume is free from spelling and grammatical errors, the debate over several key areas remains.

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LinkedIn has made it very easy to upload your resume as a PDF to make it part of your LinkedIn profile.

While it's tempting to do this rather than build a full profile from scratch, you should avoid it.

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When it comes to having career goals, it's important to aim high.

But, sometimes the challenge we all face in aiming high is putting too much pressure on ourselves, and then becoming overwhelmed. Achieving your career goals is all about balance.

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Unless you've been really lucky, you've probably discovered this simple fact about the job search process: It's not easy.

The process is littered with ups and downs, small victories, and brutal defeats. By the time you achieve the ultimate victory—earning your dream job—you're both physically and emotionally exhausted.

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I'm a big fan of the X-Men comic books, and have always loved the powers of Dr. Charles Xavier, who is telepathic. Who wouldn't want the ability to instantly read a person's mind and affect their behavior? This skill would come in extremely handy during interviews with hiring managers, many of whom seem to belong squarely to the school of “Say little and express even less."

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You've identified an amazing job opportunity and decided to apply for it. Your resume has been updated and the cover letter is written, everything seems to be in order.

Wait! Are you forgetting something?

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