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What You Need to Know about Submitting Job References

Job references are one of those mysterious elements of a job search that happen behind the HR curtain. Do they really contact my references? What do they ask? This month, I talked with HR professionals and career coaches to learn more about how references are handled and how you can be proactive and strategic in submitting your references. HR pros tell me it isn’t uncommon for a reference they contact to be: ✓ Unaware of the application.   ✓ Unavailable to schedule a call.   ✓ Unresponsive to...

LinkedIn by the Numbers: How to Leverage LinkedIn Character Limits to Optimize Your Profile

LinkedIn has become an essential component of a well-managed career portfolio. A strong LinkedIn profile can do a lot for your professional brand: ⇨  Communicate your professional brand to prospective employers, who will definitely check you out on LinkedIn as part of their vetting process. ⇨  Remind networking contacts who you are and what you do. ⇨  Rank you in recruiter search results, so you’ll be on the radar of recruiters who are searching for candidates for the positions you’re actually...

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...

Resumes for Law School / Business School Applications

MBA/business school or law school can be a great career investment. Such applications generally call for a resume, along with a personal statement, recommendation letters, and other documentation. But the professional resume you already have probably will not fit the bill. A professional school application resume is a whole different animal from a professional resume. Not only are the audiences and purposes different, but the expectations of what should and shouldn’t be included are unique for...

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,...