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Uncover The Job Trends in Your Field is not just good for reviewing job listings. They have some really cool analytics tools as well, including this one ( – which enables you to look at job trends by plugging in a key word or phrase. For example, type in “Twitter” and watch the line graph shoot off the page. Conversely, type in “COBOL Programming” and see the line zig zag downward.

This is a great way to see what kind of keywords show up most in resumes, and therefore, what keywords you should think about having in your resume and what skills you should have in your repertoire!

8 February 2011 | Career Transition, Job Market, Resumes | Comments Off

How To Choose a Career Counselor

I started writing an article on how to choose a career counselor and then, in my research, came across these excellent guidelines for job seekers, written by Sally Gelardin, former President of the California Career Development Association (CCDA).

Enjoy! And remember to take your search for a career counselor seriously!

7 February 2011 | Career Transition, Job Market, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Delayed Gratification With Degrees

It seems like degrees, especially non-professional degrees are on a “lay-away plan” these days: you don’t really get to use it until you’re about 3-5 years into your career Continue reading this entry »

20 January 2011 | Career Transition, Job Market | Comments Off

Real Market Pain

This month’s already been a rough one.

One client, upon receipt of her resume, wanted to forgo the revision process, wanted a partial refund, and asked to “end this relationship” with no further explanation. Wow.

Another resume client refused to do career counseling despite her being completely at a loss for where to go next.

One job-seeker sent us a list of demands and concerns a mile long, and hadn’t even placed an order yet!

A valued former client threatened Continue reading this entry »

9 July 2010 | Career Transition, Job Market, Resumes | 6 Comments

Resume Tips For Overcoming Recession-Related Challenges

Give employers the real scoop, not just your work history.

Recessions tend to push hardworking people into two groups. On the one hand is the layoff survivor handling the load of multiple former employees. On the other is the hyperqualified job seeker who nevertheless remains overlooked. Both types of people often need to write a new résumé, and neither can afford to do it the same way they might have in the previous millennium. Continue reading this entry »

30 August 2009 | Career Transition, Job Market, Resumes | 2 Comments

The Golden List of Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Here’s some inside advice to help you prepare for your interview.

Interview Do’s

1) Visit the company’s website to get a sense of its products, services, and marketplace.

2) Spend at least an hour reviewing your portfolio, especially the pieces the hiring manager has asked you to bring (see above). Remind yourself of your contributions to the projects so that you can discuss them confidently.

Also, ensure that your work contains no Continue reading this entry »

8 August 2009 | Interviewing, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Impressing Your Colleagues On Your First Day

We all hustle to prepare for job interviews, but how many of us take the time to prepare for the first day. Your new colleagues want to see what you’re made of? They want you to succeed and they’re curious how you’ll contribute. It’s no wonder we’re all a bit nervous.

Here’s a great article with 5 tips to calm your nerves and make sure your first day sets the right tone.

30 July 2009 | Interviewing, Job Market, Uncategorized | Comments Off

What Are Resume Writers Really Offering?

It never ceases to amaze me how many people argue against hiring a resume writer.

I’m one myself–the world’s best in fact–and though I know my resumes are well worth the $1,000 people pay for them, I understand that my services are not for everyone. Continue reading this entry »

11 May 2009 | Resumes | Comments Off

Video Resumes: Yea or Nay?

This question was posed on LinkedIn, receiving unanimous “no way in web 2.0 hell” replies from recruiters and HR people. Among the top arguments against video resumes were viewing time, discrimination issues, downloadability, and storage, but I think there’s a much more important and insurmountable factor to consider. Continue reading this entry »

5 May 2009 | Resumes | Comments Off

Brazen Careerist’s Compelling Argument for Hiring a Professional Resume Writer

It’s often hard to justify spending money on a resume writing when you’re already out of work. Isn’t money supposed to be flowing the other way?

The Brazen Careerist makes a compelling argument for hiring a pro, using the analogy of a haircut to drive her point home. Continue reading this entry »

15 April 2009 | Resumes | Comments Off

Cliff Flamer, Owner of BrightSide Resumes, Named “World’s Best Resume Writer” After Winning Contest

Press Release: Cliff Flamer, seasoned résumé writer and owner of BrightSide Résumés, wins #1 public vote for crafting the world’s best résumé.

San Francisco, CA — Cliff Flamer, résumé expert and career counselor, was just deemed The World’s Best Résumé Writer” after winning the public vote for the first-ever worldwide résumé-writing contest sponsored by Career Director’s International (CDI).

So what makes his résumés the world’s best? Continue reading this entry »

15 April 2009 | Career Transition, Job Market, Press, Resumes | Comments Off

Answers To Popular Resume Questions From Recent Grads

Here’s an interview I did for MadGrad blogger and recent graduate, Ashley Mittman, asking me some popular resume questions on behalf of her fellow Millenials. Continue reading this entry »

15 April 2009 | Resumes | Comments Off

Mature Workers And The Fountain of Youth

As a seasoned professional, you have much to offer but remember to make room for new experiences as well.

An effective résumé for will balance your strengths (i.e. what you can teach) with your areas for growth (i.e. what you can learn). In regards to the latter, I’m certainly not suggesting you claim ignorance. Rather, consider showing a recently developed interest in a new industry or field.

This is best done by illustrating how you’ve already Continue reading this entry »

7 April 2009 | Career Transition, Mature Workers, Resumes | Comments Off

Are “Job Gaps” A Good Thing?

Recently, a resume client of mine forwarded a newsletter article from job board discussing ways to overcome “job gaps” of 3-6 months.

Here’s a snippet from the article, and my subsequent retort as to why we should redefine the criteria for a job gap: Continue reading this entry »

5 March 2009 | Career Transition, Interviewing, Job Market, Resumes | Comments Off

Gen Y’ers Create New “Happy” Unemployment Group

The CBS news covered an interesting story on a support group that promotes the positive side of being unemployed. Recent generation-Y layoff victims claim liberation and relief from their jobs. With their new-found freedom they’re joining a different kind of support group Continue reading this entry »

21 February 2009 | Career Transition, Networking, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Let the Government Pay For Your Career Expenses

One of the best kept secrets in job-hunting: The government has offered to pay part of your expenses!

You read correctly: Career expenses, including fees incurred for Continue reading this entry »

28 January 2009 | Interviewing, Job Market, Mature Workers, Resumes | Comments Off

Headhunter Reveals The Ladders scam

Looking for $100K+ Jobs? You might want to look somewhere other than TheLadders. According to this in-depth exposé by Nick Corcodilos, one of the industry’s most trusted voices of recruiting, TheLadders is making promises they’re not even coming close to keeping.

More and more career professionals and job seekers are making complaints about The Ladder’s resume-critique and job-posting services, often claiming this household name in job boards to be a scam.

As you’ll see, his article evokes equally frank reviews and experiences from resume-writers, career counselors, coaches, recruiters, and regretful clients of TheLadders. The message is clear: TheLadders came up with a concept on which they can’t deliver.

22 January 2009 | Job Market, Resumes | Comments Off

How To Work A Room

Networking doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are a few pieces of advice to keep the conversations interesting:

Don’t lead with your job title.
Good public speakers never lead with their name or credentials. Similarly a savvy job-seeker should never lead with her job title. Continue reading this entry »

8 January 2009 | Networking | Comments Off

3 Steps to Make Your Online Resume A Winner

* Voted “Best Answer” in LinkedIn Discussion: Is Applying for Jobs Online a Waste of Time?

I agree with the overwhelming response of careerists to spend time networking and doing company research as a job seeker, instead of posting resumes. The facts are there: online job applications account fro 2-5% of job offers.

That said, if you find a suitable company through your networking and research, chances are they are going to ask you to apply online, even if you claim an inside contact. So you’re stuck being just one more needle in the hiring person’s haystack. Here are some quick tips to make your online resume stand out from the rest of the chaff: Continue reading this entry »

29 December 2008 | LinkedIn's Best Answers, Resumes | 1 Comment

Gift Ideas for the Unemployed

It’d be great if you could go out and buy a job at Walmart for someone you love but, unless you know something I don’t, retailers aren’t stocking their shelves with job requisitions (yet).

The closest you can come to giving someone a job, is giving them someone that can give them a job. Continue reading this entry »

16 December 2008 | Job Market, Networking | Comments Off