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“Should I Hide My Age By Leaving Off My Graduation Date?”

* Voted “Best Answer” in LinkedIn Discussion: Is a Graduation Date Necessary on a Resume?

  • I am too old
  • I’ve never managed anyone directly
  • I don’t have Microsoft Excel experience
  • I have a job gap from 2002-2004

You’ll never see these above items on a resume because the purpose of the resume Continue reading this entry »

25 August 2008 | Interviewing, LinkedIn's Best Answers, Mature Workers, Resumes | Comments Off on “Should I Hide My Age By Leaving Off My Graduation Date?”

“Should I Include My LinkedIn URL On My Resume?”

Assuming your LinkedIn profile is completely error free, always professional, and in line with your current job pursuits, then I suggest including it on the resume. It shows you’re a proactive job-seeker, you’re technically adept, that you know people, and (if you’ve taken the initiative to get some recommendations) that at least some people like you.

I can think of at least 3 things your LinkedIn website offers that a resume does not: Continue reading this entry »

19 August 2008 | Networking, Resumes | 2 Comments

The Most Common Question About Resumes

As an ex-recruiter, career counselor, and résumé-writer, I’m often asked the ever popular question: “Should my résumé be 1 or 2 pages?”. This concern is valid, especially since lengthy résumés can make an applicant appear arrogant, unfocused, anxious, old, or overqualified.

So how do you know when to stop writing? Continue reading this entry »

7 August 2008 | Career Transition, Resumes | Comments Off on The Most Common Question About Resumes

“Should I Lie On My Resume To Recharge My Job Search?”

[After sending out 1000+ resumes with not a single job offer, a job seeker concluded that he needed to lie on his resume. In his case, he felt he was overqualified and therefore needed to dumb down his resume to get some interviews. It’s my estimation that he’s looking in the wrong place Continue reading this entry »

5 August 2008 | Career Transition, Mature Workers, Resumes | Comments Off on “Should I Lie On My Resume To Recharge My Job Search?”

Safe Answers to the Salary Question

Your negotiating power stems from your ability to demonstrate how your contributions will increase revenue and productivity and/or decrease costs and stress for your employer. Therefore, the earlier you talk about salary (without having first addressed the employers’ concerns), the worse your negotiating position. Here are some winning answers Continue reading this entry »

1 August 2008 | Interviewing, Salary | Comments Off on Safe Answers to the Salary Question