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PDF or Word: How Should You Save and Send Your Resume?

Once you’ve put the final touches on your resume and are ready to apply for a job, the big question becomes, do you save and send it as PDF file or a Word file? There are advantages and disadvantages to using both, and it largely depends on how it is being submitted. Before you decide, […]

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How to Create a Core Competencies Section on Your Resume

Recruiters spend just a few seconds skimming your resume to decide whether they want to learn more or move on. An easy way to attract their attention – and that of ATS – is to have a solid core competencies section that quickly highlights your key skills. One mistake that job seekers often make is […]

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Are You Making These Common Cover Letter Mistakes?

Cover letters – recruiters either seem to love them or hate them. But job seekers should learn to love them (and write them well) because it doesn’t appear they’re going out of style just yet. If given the option, it is better to include a cover letter and cover your bases than to skip it […]

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Resumes Have Changed Over the Years: Has Yours Kept Pace?

When was the last time you honestly updated your resume aside from changing a few numbers or adding a new job? If you’re having trouble remembering, it’s probably been too long. And just like most things in life, resumes have changed over the years. The tactics and format you used 10 years ago probably won’t […]

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Why Sending a Thank You Note After an Interview Matters

You may think that once you walk out of an interview, your job is done and the ball is in the employer’s court now. While this is true, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook quite yet. Whether you totally rocked – or totally bombed – the interview, you should still take the time to […]

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5 Quick Fixes to Clean Up Your Resume

When you pick up your resume, one of the first things you should notice is how it looks. Your eyes catches the document as a whole, not necessarily the actual text (though words in larger font do stand out). If your resume doesn’t look as polished and professional as you’d like, or something just seems […]

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Addressing Lack of Education on your Resume

A common section on any resume – and typically any job description – is education. Employers want to know what type of training you have and what degrees you hold. This can be a frustrating part of resume writing if you have not completed any higher education and jumped right into the workforce. Do you […]

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Do Creative Resumes Really Work?

Every so often a story gets picked up by the media about a job seeker that went above-and-beyond to apply for a job by creating a unique resume and sales pitch. Maybe they transformed their resume into product packaging (think candy bar wrappers or shampoo bottles), wrote a rap song, or developed a catchy video. […]

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Reduce Stress in Your Job Search with Customizable Email Messages

One of the main components of an effective job search is communication. Networking and referrals can help you connect with job opportunities and get a foot in the door. Following up on resume submissions and interviews shows you’re still interested and reminds employers of what you have to offer. But what you say and how […]

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Where Does Relocation Fit into Your Job Search Materials?

There are many people who are not tied to where they live and are open to exploring different cities and states. Perhaps they’re even eager to relocate and have a change of scenery. Other people know they’ll be moving soon due to a spouse’s job or because they want to be closer to family. Whatever […]

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