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Open Sesame! How to Use Keywords to Get Your Resume Past ATS

One of the resume questions I get most often is regarding keywords. People hear stories about a mysterious computer system that screens resumes and discards those that don’t have the magic words! The stories are true. Many companies, particularly large companies doing high-volume hiring, use Applicant Tracking Systems (known as ATS) to streamline the hiring process. An ATS scans incoming resumes to measure how well the resume matches the job posting—simply by comparing how many keywords from...

What a Cover Letter Can Do That a Resume Can’t

Most professionals know the importance of a well-written resume. But don’t stop there. Angela from RedRocketResume explains why a cover letter can help you get the attention you deserve. One of the most common–and most damaging–mistakes job seekers make is neglecting their cover letter. Getting a hiring manager’s attention is first and foremost a marketing endeavor. Like a movie trailer, a cover letter encapsulates the main ideas and most compelling highlights of your...

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...

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