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News, tips, and updates from RedRocketResume.

Insider Tips from the Job Yenta

One of the most maddening parts of career development and job search is the disconnect between the hiring side and the job seeker side. We send out resumes and hear crickets. We’re passed over for great-fit positions with no explanation why. We hear stories of innocent resume mistakes that lead to rejection. That’s one reason I partner RedRocketResume with career coaches and recruiters to continually gather feedback on what’s working and what’s not, what potential employers are looking for and...

Why (and How) to Tweak Your Resume (It’s not as hard as you might think!)

Have you heard the advice that you should customize your resume each and every time you send it out? This is great advice in theory. But in the real world, spending hours re-constructing your resume for each job application isn’t practical. And what exactly should you be tweaking anyway? Here are some targeted tips on why and how to tweak your resume. The good news is that a few minor changes can have a big impact on the effectiveness of your resume.   Tweak Your Headline and Summary Section...

Turning the Tables: 5 Questions to Ask at Your Next Job Interview

One of the biggest, most influential mindset shifts about a successful job search is that it’s not about you. A successful job seeker or interviewee understands that their job isn’t just to communicate about themselves. It’s to communicate how they can serve the company’s needs. To this end, I’m thrilled to share some savvy job interview advice from my friend and colleague Heather Austin. (Heather is a talented and personable career coach offering expertise on...

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...