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Manners for the Job Interview

Folks, you’d be surprised how many people fail to follow basic principles of etiquette, protocol, and good common sense in a job interview. I hear this consistently from recruiters and hiring managers. And I’ve fielded my share of stunningly unprofessional professional calls. We live in a culture that values being casual, off-the-cuff, and effortless. We tend to equate too much effort or ceremony with insincerity. But there are times when manners, preparation, and deference are called for. And...

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,...

20 Ways to Sleuth a Target Company BEFORE You Apply

Sort of like Facebook stalking—for your career. One habit of savvy professionals is to keep tabs on companies of interest, such as companies that have a product you believe in or a workplace culture you admire. And any time you’re applying for a job, it’s well worth your while to do a little sleuthing on the target company’s background, branding, and vision. A few minutes of Internet research can give you insights on your target company’s brand, vision, and direction. This gives a clearer...

Resume FAQ: The Classy, Correct Way to Handle Professional References and Salary Requirements

Among the dozens of questions about resumes and job searching I get from my resume clients, here are two that pop up again and again:  how to submit professional references and how to handle requests for salary requirements. These are sticky little issues, but fortunately, here are clear, simple answers to both. References Some people write “References Available Upon Request” at the bottom of their resume or even list their references’ contact info on the page. This is outdated and frowned...

3 Things I Hate about Your Resume: Notes from a Professional Recruiter

Wanna know what people really think about your resume? Check out this no-holds-barred list of pet peeves from a Salt Lake professional recruiter. Think of it as the resume version of What Not to Wear. The great mystery of resume writing is…what do recruiters and hiring managers actually think of your resume? Recently, I had lunch with Marilyn McSweeney, Executive Recruiter at Principal at The McSweeney Group, to share notes on recruiting, the job search process, and how resumes are evaluated...

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