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  • Questions About Senior Level Resumes
    by Robin Schlinger - August 8, 2017
    Q. I’m applying for my first senior level (director) position. I want my resume to show that I’m ready for the challenge. How do I do that? A. Good for you for recognizing that your resume must match expectations for a senior level position. When you are listing your skills, make sure that you feature leadership, financial (profit and loss), strategy, and talent development skills. At this level, no one is in...
  • What Your Resume Says About You
    by Robin Schlinger - July 31, 2017
    One of the most important things your resume can say about you—before anyone reads a word—is that you are a professional. How does the resume say that? It is formatted cleanly, with your name and content information clearly visible on top and with consistent alignment, font size, and bolding or italics. On closer inspection, it uses standard English spelling and grammar. Once hiring managers or recruiters beg...
  • The Worst Resume Advice
    by Robin Schlinger - June 30, 2017
    A couple of years ago, I wrote The 10 Worst Resume Suggestions You Ever Received. It is time to update that list with a few more examples of the world’s worst resume advice for job hunters. Do not say anything that sounds like bragging. Then hope that companies will be awed by your lack of success, progress, and confidence. Fill your resume with acronyms so that hiring managers and recruiters are struck dumb wit...
  • Resume Questions and Answers
    by Robin Schlinger - June 16, 2017
    Q. During my career as an executive secretary, I have worked in four companies in different industries but my job duties have remained pretty much the same, as has my title. I love what I do, but how can I show progress in my career as I look for my next position? A. When you are applying for an executive secretary position, the other candidates probably have skills, education, and responsibilities that are very similar...
  • Write Your Resume with Facts—Not Adjectives
    by Robin Schlinger - May 26, 2017
    Hyperbole is an exaggerated statement or claim. When you claim that you are a “world-champion” sales person or an “extraordinary” team player, you are engaged in hyperbole if you do not back those claims up with real statistics and results. Resumes that are heavy on adjectives, like “world-champion,” “state-of-the-art,” “exceptional” or “extraordinary,&rdq...
  • The Value Proposition in Your Resume
    by Robin Schlinger - May 16, 2017
    Employers, hiring managers, and recruiters expect to find more than one candidate with the skills and education they are looking for. How can you stand out from a crowd of applicants with similar qualifications? Through your value proposition. Your value proposition embraces the unique details of your career and your individual approach to challenges and opportunities. Are you the strategist in an organization or the imp...
  • Resume Advice for College Students
    by Robin Schlinger - April 28, 2017
    Q. I am going to be graduating soon with a degree in economics but I really want to work in the fashion industry. How can I apply for jobs when all my education is pointing in the wrong direction? A. Many of us find that our careers take off in directions that have little if anything to do with our degree. I’m a professional resume writer but my degree from MIT is in Chemical Engineering. That does not mean my degr...
  • Misleading Job Titles: Are They Hurting Your Resume?
    by Robin Schlinger - April 20, 2017
    The companies you are applying to know what position they are trying to fill. They search for someone with a job title and history that matches their expectations for the position. However, your own company might have a different approach to job titles. You should never change your job title on your resume: you should use the title your company uses. However, you may need to bridge the gap between your current title and...
  • Your Brag File and Your Resume
    by Robin Schlinger - April 10, 2017
    Have you recently finished a major project at work (as a leader or team member, received recognition or a promotion, or finished a career-related course or certification? Then it is time to make an entry into your “brag file.” All too often, after some time has passed, we tend to forget past achievements and milestones. We downplay them in our minds as we move onto the next challenge. Yet, those achievements are...
  • 3 Fixes for Technical Resumes
    by Robin Schlinger - March 31, 2017
    Q. I have a lot of technical skills, with certifications in several software programs, but employers always want more. How can I convince them that I am fully capable of learning those skills quickly and becoming the expert they want? A. Many companies are guilty of asking for an impossible set of technical skills in their ads, job postings, or directions to recruiters. At Robin’s Resumes®, we can align technic...