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5 Steps to a World-Class Resume in 2019

Our goal at RedRocketResume isn’t to deliver resumes that look good. Our goal is to create resumes that work. That means resumes that give hiring managers the information they need to identify you as the person best qualified to solve their problems and make their businesses run better. One of the ways I keep RedRocketResume up to date with current hiring practices is partnering with recruiters and career coaches. This helps us align our deliverables with what works in the real-world job...

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...

Think Twice: 3 Ways Your First Idea May Be Undermining Your Career

Sometimes our first thought isn’t the brightest idea. As I work with professionals in every industry, at every career level, here are 3 pesky mistakes I see crop up again and again, strategies that at first glance seem like a smart move but that in reality can have negative career consequences.   Think twice before saying something negative. Any time you say something negative about your company, your boss, or even your coworkers—even if your point of view is completely accurate—this can blow...

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...