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Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Professionally Written Resume to Apply for a Job

You’ve paid good money for a professionally written resume. It’s modern, clean, readable, and accomplishments-driven. It’s perfectly error-free, and it represents your unique professional brand. You’re ready to shoot that resume to the next good-fit job opening you see, right? Wrong. No matter how well-crafted your resume, it isn’t yet ready for prime time. The reason is simple: ATS. Head here for a quick refresher on what ATS is and how companies use it in the hiring process. In short, you...

How to Build a Federal Resume

There are about 3 million jobs within the federal government, from entry-level to advanced, in all functional areas. These jobs offer generous benefits, solid pay, and job security. Unfortunately, applying for a federal job is a bit of a complicated process. A federal resume is not the same thing as a typical professional resume. USA Jobs is your essential tool for landing a federal job. Use it to search for openings and submit your application. Be sure to read each job announcement very...

4 Steps to Make Your LinkedIn Summary Stand Out

The Summary section of your LinkedIn profile is highly keyword-optimized, which means it’s super influential in getting your profile in front of recruiters or other folks searching for people like you. And because it sits at the top of your profile page, it occupies primo real estate, giving you a golden opportunity to establish your personal brand and your professional credentials. How exactly to approach writing a LinkedIn profile Summary section stymies a lot of people. LinkedIn is its own...

The Easy Way to Take a Great LinkedIn Profile Pic

It’s a basic minimum requirement for most any professional to have a LinkedIn profile with a decent profile picture. LinkedIn research estimates that simply adding a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed. Of course, allowing viewers to attach a face to a name makes your profile more compelling and memorable. Furthermore, a good picture lets you promote your professional brand. You don’t need a professional headshot or fancy photography. But your picture must be...

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