Believe It or Not!

How far would you go to land your next job? For most, it depends on how badly they need a job. As a career counselor, I’ve had the opportunity to hear about many amazing and often outrageous stories involving people employing extreme strategies to find suitable work. Many of the stories may sound unbelievable to…

Letter of Decline

A formal letter of decline is a professional way to turn down an offer.  The intent is to indicate your appreciation, explain why you are not accepting, and consequently avoid burning any bridges with the employer. If you are still open to negotiation then you would delineate your conditions in this document. Not burning bridges…

Cover Letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to: Make a formal introduction of yourself Capture the interest of the reader Entice the reader to read your resume Allow you to state your case Highlight the attributes of interest to the employer Inspire action on the part of the reader (phone call to you) Your cover…

Resume “Do’s and Do nots”

Do…. Do not…. ·       View yourself as a marketable product and service to be presented to a hiring representative. ·       Try to tell the reader everything by including an exhaustive skills lists or a comprehensive work history. ·       Present yourself accurately and positively. ·       Lie or exaggerate. ·       Lead the reader through your points with…

Formatting Tips

Your name is one of the most important features on a resume because without it, your resume would be useless! Use a larger font size, such as 16 point or 18 point font, to make this information stand out. One of the best ways to set off names and headings is by using different kinds…

Chronological vs. Functional Resumes

Formatting your resume is an important decision in the resume development process. If your qualifications are presented in the right format, the reader can identify you as a worthy candidate in less than eight seconds. There are two basic resume formats: chronological and functional. Decide which format works best for you by reviewing the following…

Resume Components

This section provides an overview of the components required to format a winning resume. It also contains basic information on the different types of resumes (chronological and functional) and when it is best to use each. The following information is contained in this section: Contact Information Objective Statement Profile and Skills Summary Professional Experience Education…

How Do I Write a Resume?

The mission of this section is not to teach you how to “write” a resume.  A number of great books exist that can help you accomplish this goal.  We find that even when people purchase resume books for assistance, they rarely create a resume that they are happy with. Instead, we find that people rewrite…