8 tips to improve your resume

A resume is essentially your professional life experience all consolidated into a single document. Upon entering the workforce, you will need a resume to apply for new jobs. This is your chance to showcase your skills to recruiters and prove why you are better qualified and well suited for the position rather than other candidates competing for the role. Regardless of the experience and skills that you currently possess, little adjustments to your resume can go along way to improving your profil...
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What to do if you’re embarrassed by a former employer (but did great work there)

Your resume (or CV) needs to accurately reflect your employment history, yet you may feel reluctant to list a previous employer to avoid embarrassment during a job interview. "If you suspect a reviewer may raise an eyebrow about something related to your background, assume that they will and address it proactively," says job search and career coach Jenny Foss. Here, she shares her top tips for deflecting attention from the source of your embarrassment and steering the conversation towards your s...
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5 better ways to talk about the 5 most common resume gaps

Gaps in your work history can make employers cautious about hiring you, yet they needn't be a stumbling block if you address them in a positive way. Most of us have taken time off work for one reason or another. And while you must be honest about a career break, it's how you explain it that matters. "With a little foresight, you can turn a potentially tricky interview situation into a masterclass in personal branding," says Sjoerd Gehring. Here, Gehring shares his top tips for using the gap...
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Research shows the best resumes and cover letters use these words and phrases (in moderation)

​ Recruiters and hiring managers often receive literally hundreds of applications for a single role and are skilled at quickly scanning them to find what they're looking for. While a good resume increases your chances of being invited to interview, the definition of a "good resume" is subjective. Each recruiter is different, and their advice about what works and what doesn't can vary accordingly. With this in mind, researchers examined various resume writing tactics to determine how they're...
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The 6 best job search lessons I learned after 10 years away

Finding suitable employment can be tough at the best of times and when you're returning to work after a lengthy career break the challenges can seem almost insurmountable. This is the situation strategic marketing executive Judy King found herself in, despite her early career success and an advanced degree in her field. Faced with the daunting prospect of competing with younger candidates and those with more recent experience and up-to-date skills, King realised she needed to make a strategic sh...
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