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Category Archives: Job search

I need a resume update, now what?

You had your resume professionally done. You may determine you need an update. Many people work with me multiple times throughout their career. I help them get a new role and then a few years later, they need an update. If the time span is just one or two years, updates make sense. New content to add and other changes may fit the definition of an update. When you start getting beyond one or two years, you face other issues.

What if you wrote my resume?

Resume styles and strategies are a continually changing process. If I wrote a resume four or five years ago, the design is stale, the strategies are outdated, and your content has also changed. This puts this client in the position of potentially needing to invest in a new resume. I assess every situation individually and determine what we need to do to reach your goals.

What if another professional resume writer wrote my resume?

My first recommendation is to go back to the original writer to see what their policy is about updates. If I work with a client with a professional resume from another writer, it will be treated as a new project and charged as a new resume. Going back to your original writer will allow you to see what their update policies are and possibly fit into a different pricing bracket.

How often should I update my resume?

Yesterday I talked about spring cleaning. I think you should treat your resume as an active document in your career arsenal and continuously evaluate it so that you are not caught without the right date in the event that an opportunity arises for a new role.

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Is your resume in need of a spring cleaning?

People don’t talk about spring cleaning much any more but when I was a little girl, long before there were computers and mobile phones, and even much television, our family had a tradition of spring cleaning. My grandmother lived on the lower level of our house (see photo above by my brother, Andrew Plath) builtContinue Reading

Why back door is often the right door to get a job

The toughest concept I work on with my clients is the “back door” concept. All too often, the assumption is that the only way to get a job today is through the online job boards, which is the front door. The problem is that everyone goes in through that front door. Think about this inContinue Reading

Don’t make this critical mistake in your career planning!

One of the things that professional resume writers hate to hear is someone who wants to hire them for a job opportunity that is due in two days. I know I can speak for the career industry when I say that many of us have been been blessed with many new clients and buried inContinue Reading

The chief cause of many poor hiring decisions

I won’t be winning friends within HR departments or with hiring managers with this post but it has been on my mind for years. How long do hiring managers spend reviewing resumes? After seeing this statistic in a Career Builder Press Release, I had to share it with you and tell you what is onContinue Reading

5 improvements for your resume’s email address

Whenever I present resume tips and concepts to classes or to clients, I address the topic of putting your email on your resume. Why? Your email is a critical component of your resume and yet I still occasionally receive original resumes from clients that have no email addresses. If you are one of those peopleContinue Reading

What are you going to do differently this month?

When I spoke about goals in other blog posts, I mentioned that I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions that you make on January 1. Rather I believe in continuous challenge and continuous actionable goal-setting. Whether you are reading this as a job seeker or as an entrepreneur or as a business professional or asContinue Reading

Why following directions is critical in your job search

Job search is one of the most challenging things you will ever do. When you recognize that your future earnings depend on you finding the right job in the right company, you have learned an important lesson. Many people don’t take job search seriously. They put out half an effort and hope that somehow theyContinue Reading

You have to believe you can do it!

One of the things that stops many people from achieving their goals is that they don’t believe they can do it. They assume that where they are is where they will always be. They see obstacles. They create new obstacles just because they don’t believe they have the ability or talent or gifts to overcomeContinue Reading

5 steps to launching a targeted job search that works

One of the chief reasons that job seekers fail is that they fail to use a targeted job search. Instead, they throw out resumes or applications at any jobs that remotely fit the bill. When you are hoping to change jobs or get a job, you need to understand the concept of a targeted jobContinue Reading