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RESUME: WRITING one that Really Shows Who You Are
A resume that gets results doesn't cover up and doesn't use self-descriptives like highly professional and results-oriented. Instead, it proves that you have the skills and experience the employer needs.

Writing a POWERFUL RESUME SUMMARY
Your summary needs to position you quickly in the employers' eyes with name dropping  -  name dropping of specific customers, processes, and industries.

How a RECRUITER READS A RESUME
This behind-the-office-door look at how a retained executive recruiter reads your resume will probably surprise you.

Skip the SELF PRAISE! Don't Say It, Prove It on Your Resume
Most resumes are filled with self praise:  "power" descriptors like spirited, dynamic, driven, adept, proven performer, highly skilled, or innovative that resume books and professional resume writers urge job hunters to use to perk up their resumes. Only an idiot believes any of this horse magoosh, and most employers aren't idiots (and if the employer is an idiot, do you want to work for them?) ...

FORMAT YOUR RESUME So It Can Be Read On a Computer Screen
Resumes often open on an employer's screen at 200% magnification, making them difficult to read. You need to format them so they can be easily read.

Resume:  Make it VISUALLY APPEALING
Your resume needs to lead the reader's eye directly to your top selling features. Most don't.

COVER LETTERS WITH HOOKS Catch Employers
You have five seconds to hook the reader with your cover letter, or he or she will stop reading.  Here's how to hook 'em.

The START OFF WITH AN UNRELATED INSPRING QUOTE Cover Letter - Why?
One of the resume mailing mills encourages its customers to send only a one-page letter, without a resume, that starts off with an inspiring quote from Winston Churchill, John Kennedy (or perhaps Groucho Marx?), or another comment designed to demonstrate that the sender has tremendous insight. It doesn't.

Include the EARLY PARTS OF YOUR CAREER on Your Resume
A lot of the resume books and supposed resume experts will tell you that only the latest part of your career is relevant, so you should leave off the early parts.  Employers and recruiters do look at the early parts of your career, and leaving this off can hide experience you have that is a critical requirement for the job.

WORDS NOT TO USE on your Resume
Here's a long list of words that are commonly found on resumes that add nothing, such as enthusiastic, aggressive, consistent, organized and successful.
Scan your resume to ensure that you're not using these, and replace them with concrete accomplishments instead.

Avoid the JOB DESCRIPTION Resume
Many resumes surprisingly read like job descriptions, listing only duties, and making it impossible to distinguish the candidate from anyone else with the same title.

The FUNCTIONAL RESUME:  Don't Do It!
Why functional resumes so often wind up in the wastebasket.

This GIMMICK BOMBED
A gimmicky cover letter made this skilled exec look insipid and insensitive.

FAKING DEGREES: It's Easy, & Nobody Checks Anyway, Right?
You might get away with it, but even if you do, you'll be miserable.  And if you get caught, boy will you regret that incomplete in Organic Chemistry.




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