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The Hit Parade: Five Minutes to a Better Career

I’ve been planning this in my head for years, and I’m thrilled to announce that the Hit Parade has arrived! Let me explain. As a resume writer, my job is to help people advance their careers by putting their accomplishments into resumes and LinkedIn profiles. So of course, I frequently ask my clients things like— What have been some of your wins in this role? What are you most proud of professionally? Can you think of some concrete successes? And you’d be surprised how often my sharp, savvy,...

Forget Naughty or Nice. This Christmas, give “Radical Candor” a Try

This Christmas season, don’t settle for Santa’s “Nice” list. This former Google exec says the real gift we should give is “radical candor.” Ever gotten some painful, maybe embarrassing, but (sadly!) accurate feedback? Not fun. Executive coach and former Google exec Kim Scott recounts (fondly!) the day her boss took her aside and told her “You say um a lot, and it makes you sound stupid.” Rather than being offended or becoming defensive about this direct, negative feedback, Scott– a.)...

Get Clarity on Your Personal Brand

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be conducting a workshop at Westminster College’s Westminster Weekend this Friday. The topic is personal branding and career development. We’re going to zoom out wide to get clarity on personal brand and then zoom in and do some hands-on career development projects. It’ll be both enlightening AND productive. (And I’m going to talk about my all-time favorite resume client–the world’s foremost expert on...

Checklist for a Great Resume

One of the challenges for many people in preparing a great resume is…knowing what exactly makes up a great resume. Here’s a handy checklist of the major components of a strong resume. How does your resume measure up? Does it look sharp? Good looks aren’t everything, but they certainly help. Make sure your resume is easy to read—clean, not cluttered; sharp, not confusing. Does it have a well-designed letterhead with your name larger than surrounding text? Does it include your contact...

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