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Do Job Titles Matter?

Networking consistently ranks as one of the top ways to find a job or advance a career. Unfortunately, many people feel flustered in networking situations and don’t make the most of opportunities. The good news is that anyone can become better at networking through thoughtful consideration of the process. As noted by Patti DeNucci, author […]

How to Create a Targeted Resume

Why You Should Create a Custom Resume for Each Job It’s critical to write a custom resume each time you apply for a job. According to an article on, the average job listing has 118 applicants, but only 20 percent of those candidates will be interviewed. For high-profile jobs, the numbers of applicants can […]

How to Include Hobbies and Interests on Your Resume

Including work experience and related skills is a given when creating a resume, but what about your interests and hobbies? Many people have a passion project outside of their professional realm, but should you include interests on your resume? Here’s how to decide when to include any personal interests on your resume, and what’s the […]

5 Common Resume Mistakes Made by Entry-level Workers

What’s your next step? Do you have a new job lined up? These are questions people hear over and over when they’re starting out or starting over, and the pressure is on to find entry-level employment.Make that task easier by beginning each job application with a perfect resume, customized for the employer and role. And […]

5 Things Every Job Seeker Should Know About References and Recommendations

1. Why References and Recommendations Matter Excellent references and recommendations can mean the difference between getting a job offer and receiving a rejection letter. In today’s competitive job market, it’s important to have reliable references lined up (and potential recommenders in mind) as soon as you start hunting for a new position. For entry-level positions, […]

How to Choose the Best Resume Layout

Hiring managers may look through dozens of resumes at a time, so the way you present yourself on your resume can be just as valuable as your work experience itself. To catch a hiring manager’s eye, create a well-designed resume with a logical layout. Whether you choose a chronological, functional or combination/hybrid resume format, your […]

Maximizing Your Resume with Action Verbs

Action verbs keep your reader engaged, which is crucial given that the average recruiter spends just six seconds on each resume. If your verbs make the recruiter enjoy reading your resume, they are more likely to pass you on to the next round for an interview. Additionally, the right phrasing on your resume helps to […]

How to Write an ATS-Friendly Resume

In today’s competitive hiring climate, many companies use resume screening to weed out applicants that may not be a great match for a job. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are software programs that scan resume content and use an algorithm to search for keywords. The keywords look for certain skills, education, prior work experience and even […]

How to Proofread Your Resume and Avoid Common Mistakes

When you apply for a job, your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer. The average recruiter spends just 6 seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether to cast it aside or call the candidate for an interview, so your resume needs to be its very best to make an […]