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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...

Feel Good, Do Good: The Happiest Way to Increase Your Career Success

Here’s some solid career development advice that’s perfect for summertime. Studies show that a huge predictor of your career success is… your happiness. That’s right, there’s reams of data-driven evidence that our personal happiness and the positivity of the culture that surrounds us has very real influence over our performance. When you feel better, you do better. People who feel good, do good. These aren’t just feel-good platitudes. They’re borne out by research. Here are a couple stunning...

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,...

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