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Have you been applying for jobs in New York but have not heard back from any of them? How many jobs have you applied for recently and how many have emailed or called you back? Applying for jobs in New York is a job in itself and it can get exhausting at times. And I know how discouraging it can be, to apply for countless jobs and not hear back from any of them!

Here is the scenario: You find a job posting online, you read it and find out you would be a perfect fit for that job, you apply and wait anxiously for a response. Days have passed, weeks or even months and you never heard back from that job, as a matter of fact you haven’t heard back from any of the jobs you have applied for… This really feels discouraging. The New York job market is tough and very competitive, but if after applying for over 10 jobs you still haven’t heard back from at least one, then the problem may actually be with your resume!

It is important to have a well written, concise and straight to the point, resume. But it is also important, especially for those applying to jobs online, to have a computer optimized resume. Most companies in New York nowadays use a software scanning system, which scores your resume based on certain key words, the higher the score the higher your chances are of receiving a call back. The key words vary from job to job and can be found on the job posting itself. You need to develop a core competency or key skills section, to computer optimize your resume, which will help to improve your rankings.

If your resume has a strong professional profile section and a key skills section that has all the key words that New York employers are looking for, then you are halfway there. Make sure your resume is tailored to the jobs you wish to apply for, that it is computer optimized for those jobs and don’t forget to include accomplishments on your profile section. You need to market yourself on your resume and show them why you would be the best fit candidate for that position! Good luck to all on your job search!

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Grad Resume


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The Resume Series: Recent College Graduate Still Searching after 18 Months

Welcome back to the resume series where we are looking at 5 different people and the kind of resume they might need to get the best possible job. At the same time we are reviewing the resume writing process for this individual. Today we have candidate number three.

Candidate: This candidate graduated from New York University with a 4.0 in Organizational Development and an internship in Human Resources. She has been looking for a job for 18 months.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format

•           What resume best suits this candidate? Given her best trait is her education and her volunteer experience should it be chronological? Most new graduates will use a chronological resume even though they do not have a lot history to share. It is a format they are familiar with and that HR personal and hiring managers expect from them.

•           What is the critical information for this candidate’s resume? The emphasis will be on educational experience, volunteer and internship experience. What skills does she have at this point?

•           What type of accomplishments should be listed? At this point there are not going to be a lot of accomplishments but look at her GPA – look at any awards, scholarships, grants etc. that she has earned over her time at Stanford.

•           Let’s take a look at any hobbies or outside activities she has done that might influence a hiring manager.

Obviously if she has been looking for 18 months with the kind of academic credentials she has, either her resume does not present her well, or she does not present herself well in the interview process.

Given this information this is how her resume might look.

Mary Jane Dole

Email Address

Phone number

Web address



2012   New York University

New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Development   Summa Cum Laude GPA 4.0

Internship: Human Resources Department


Experience:  Google Internship Program 2010 – 2012, New York City, NY

18 month Human Resources Internship covering all departments and all aspects of Human Resources including: Recruiting, Hiring, Training, Termination, Layoff, Personnel Issues, Performance Management, Organizational Structure and Strategic Planning, Succession Planning.

MSD Company Summer 2008-2009, New York City, NY

Administrative Assistant in Personnel responsible for word processing all meeting notes, all job descriptions, performance improvement plans. Sat in on employment hearings and dissemination of information to the employee. Assisted in recruiting and job fairs.

Skills: MS Office – Word, Power Point, Excel

Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, Linked in, Pintrest

Online HR Blogs – have written articles for several sites on various HR topics (would then provide some links to articles)

Developed entry level job descriptions during internship at Google

Assisted in development of Employee Performance Improvement Plans during summer position at MSD Company

Other: President of the University of New York Human Resources Student Association 2011-12

President Sigma Sigma  Sigma (not a real sorority – add own) 2010-2012

Valedictorian Class of 2012

Member Association of Young Business Professionals 2012

That completes candidate number three in our resume series. Our next article will highlight the very interesting case of the management candidate who has spent 20 years working for non-profit organizations looking for a better paying opportunity in the business world.

Writing HR Resumes


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Hello again. If you recall we are exploring the best possible resume for 5 different people. We are also looking at the process for decision making in respect to writing their new resume. Today we will look at the second candidate in our series.

Candidate: John Doe is a Human Resources Manager/Director from New York City with 24 years’ experience. Due to health issues he has not worked for 28 months. He was injured on his last job and had spinal surgery. His company let him go on short term and long term disability insurance. He is well now and is beginning a job search. This 28 month gap is the second long gap in his work history. He is 56 years old and would like to work another 15 years at least.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format

  • What type of resume format is going to be the best for this person?

With two major gaps in his resume, it would seem that the functional resume would serve him best. This is also true because he spent the 24 years working for 3 companies in New York. Outside of the gaps he has a very solid work history. Because of this you could do a chronological and explain the gaps.  However I think the Functional Resume is the best way to highlight his skills and accomplishments.


  • What is the critical information that must get into his resume?

The fact that he has had only 3 employers in 24 years is significant and should be stressed not just mentioned. The fact that he was injured at work is not good so it might be necessary to explain what happened.


  • Should any hobbies or outside activities be listed in his resume? While on disability he took a masters level class and taught an online class.


  • What are the types of accomplishments a prospective employer might want to see? What programs has he instituted? Has his organization saved any company money? Has he streamlined or reduced staff? Cut costs?


  • How has he used his recovery time in the past 2 years? Already answered in outside activities.


Given this information this is how her resume might look.

John Doe

Email address

Website Address

I have a 24 year successful career in Human Resources Development and am seeking to help a small start-up type company to develop and organize their human resource personal.

Looking for a company where my expertise can make a difference to their success and their bottom line.


  • HR strategist with ability to develop long and short term Global HR strategies in line with the Business Plan/Strategy.
  • Ability to conduct change management and develop and execute succession strategies.
  • Manages and grows Stakeholder Relationships
  • Assures HR organization supports each Business Unit in meeting the overall Business goals.
  • Leads Cultural and Organizational Change Strategy and Initiatives.
  • Promotes Best Practices in Recruitment, Performance Management, and Employee Relations.
  • Skilled Negotiator, Driven to deliver, personally credible – integrity and discretion


  • Helped to improve the bottom line by 32% by assuring that all departments ran smoothly and everyone in the company worked in an environment conducive to success.
  • Retention rate of 89% for a period of 3 years during major organizational change.
  • Cut recruitment, hiring and training costs by 35% and saved in excess of 1 million dollars through automation of recruiting process and emphasis on retention.


Masters in Human Resources Management and Organizational Management 1982

Stanford University, Palo Alto California

Bachelor of Arts Human Resource Management 1980

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


24 years’ experience at three companies.

1999 – 2012 MFG Company

1985 – 1995 KRF Company

1983-1985 TIR Company

2012 – current : Disability leave back injury – had spinal surgery cleared to work

1995-1999: Contract Dengy Fever during business trip to Haiti. On LTD for 4 years


Served as Chair of the National Human Resources Directors Association

Served on Board of Directors Local Professional Symphony Orchestra


That completes the second in our series. Next we will look at a new college graduates resume.

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The Resume Series: Management Professional with 20 Years’ Experience with Non-Profits Looking for an Opportunity with For Profit Business World

Welcome back to our resume series exploring the best resume for each candidate to use in theirs specific situation. We have tried to select candidates with something a little out of the ordinary so we could look at a variety of resumes and situations.


Today we will look at a management professional with 20 years of experience. The issue she has is that she has worked all those years in the non-profit world. Now at age 47 she wants to move into management in the business world. In addition to wanting to better her income and her retirement, she also wants the challenges of transferring hers skills to the for profit world.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format:

  • Which of the resumes is best suited for this candidate? Since she is looking to transfer her skills from one area to another the first choice might be a functional resume. However with a solid 20 years of experience, the combination resume is most likely the best choice.
  • What information is critical to go on her resume? The skills that she has that she feels will transfer and how will it transfer? Can it be presented in such a way that it simply appears to be a movement from one industry to another? She has raised large sums of money for her agency. She has recruited, hired, trained and fired staff. She has project management experience, has developed and managed budgets. She has developed programs.
  • What type of accomplishments matter most in the business world? How can these be presented in a way that impresses business people not nonprofit people?
  • Any outside activities that should be listed? President of Fundraisers, Board Member of Training Association.
  • Any special training that should be listed? Taking classes toward an MBA

Given this information this is how her resume might look.

Ginny Doe

Email address

Phone number

Website address

Searching for a management opportunity in for profit environment

Skills: (Because you are changing fields, it is good to explain how the skills will apply)

IT: Social Media: Linked-in, Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter, MS Office – Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Online Blogs in Fundraising, Public Relations, Board Development

Marketing and Sales: Building relationships, presentation, identifying prospects, pitching the cause and asking for the donation.

Consultation: Research, analytics, client management and project management. Stakeholder management.

Writing/Research: Grant writing, report writing such as FY Report, project overviews,

Communication Skills: Oral and written; ability to listen well. Ability to point across.

Finances: Revenue generation, Budget development and accommodation.

Entrepreneurial type experience with XDF Agency, Inc. self-managed, self-starter, collaborative and resourceful

Cross departmental project management to meet organizational goals.

Strategic Planning and Team Building and Organizational Development


Raised $3.5 million dollars as head of XDF Agency, Inc. through hand holding of high level donors, presentations to groups and basic fundraising

Cut overhead by 35% or$300,000 through a planned all department programs.

Authored grant proposal that garnered $400,000 for XDF client transportation need

Education: Classwork toward MBA

New York University

Expected graduation 6/14


University of Illinois


1994-Present XDF Executive Director


President of Fundraisers Association 2010 – present

Board Member of Training Association 2004-2010


This concludes our 4th example of out of the norm resumes. The next one will be our last one and our candidate will be the Call Center Manager.

Law Resume


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Welcome back to the Resume Series that I introduced with yesterday’s article. In this series we are looking at 5 different people and the process for writing their new resume. We will also review what that resume might look like.


Our first candidate is: A lawyer with ten years defense counsel experience. She wants to get into New York based Personal Injury Law Firm. Let’s look at the questions she will need to answer before committing to a resume or CV.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format

  • What type of resume will be best suited for this career change?

Chronological: This is the traditional resume that most of us have been familiar with for years. It lists each job held in chronological order with duties and responsibilities. Gaps in employment are obvious. This is a resume for someone with a solid work history.


Functional: This is a skills based resume that never gives a chronological view of one’s career. It is only defined by the skills acquired and used. This type of resume is actually intended to hide any gaps in employment. It is also common among people who are changing careers.


Combination: This is what it sounds like. A combination of the chronological and functional resume focuses on skills but has a list of jobs and dates worked. This resume highlights the skills needed for a job change but gives the employer the history that is traditionally preferred.

In this case we have a strong ten plus year solid work history as a defense attorney. This might lead you to think the chronological resume is right for Jane Doe. However remember she is changing careers and needs to show the skill set. This might lead you to think the functional resume is the correct one. If you think about it though you will see that what is needed here is a combination of chronological and functional. We will choose the Combination Resume.

  • What Information needs to be in lawyer Jane Doe resume? What are the basic skills she possesses that need to transfer to a personal injury law career?


She would have skills in argument techniques, negotiation, interrogation and deposition skills, written and oral communication skills and MS Office products are all skills a personal injury lawyer would need.

  • What accomplishments will best represent her skills and readiness to be a personal injury attorney?

Accomplishments would come from winning difficult defense cases and negotiating pleas.

  • Hobbies or outside activities that lend themselves to her new field of practice?


She volunteers for ACLU. She works pro bono on personal injury cases.


  • Any special training she has taken that will lend itself to Personal Injury Law?

Nothing extra


Given this information this is how her resume might look.

Jane Doe

Email address

Website address

Ten years successful practice as a Criminal Defense Attorney endeavors to bring these skills to a Personal Injury Law Practice.


Strong ability to gather evidence through interrogation and deposition of   witnesses

Complete knowledge of negotiation and argumentation techniques

Ability to negotiate pleas and reduced charges

Outstanding written and oral communication

Familiar with all aspects of MS Office


Won 80% of all criminal defense cases over a ten year period.5/12

Won 75% of all plea offers to reduce charges and/or sentences.

Defense Attorney of the Year 3 times in 10 years.

Revenue for firm in excess of 15 million dollars

Experience: DHR&J Criminal Defense Attorneys

2004 -2014 Served as primary criminal defense attorney

Offered partnership in 2013 and refused based on desire to pursue personal injury law.


Volunteer Pro Bono ACLU

Volunteer Pro Bono with N&H Personal Injury Lawyers


There you have it. Next we will tackle what the resume of an entry level graduate might look like.

Resume Pharases


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Outdated Phrases in a Resume

As I have discussed in several other articles, the purpose of a resume is to get an interview with the person responsible for actually hiring for the position you are interested in. As a retired manager, I can tell you that even in my time there could be a hundred resumes to filter through before setting up any interviews. Today’s hiring manager see hundreds of resumes and your needs to stand out if you want an interview.

So instead of looking at what should be in your resume, we will look at what should not be there. There are certain phrases that if you use them in your resume, they indicate to the hiring manager that you are not current in your understanding of the job seeking process. In other words, these phrases ‘date’ you.

Outdated Phrases

Be creative but professional as you replace these outdated phrases with more current and more meaningful ones.

  1. Career Objective: I have spoken about this in several other articles. Hiring managers are no longer interested in what you want to do with your life. Today’s hiring manager is focused in on what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.
  2. Team Player: No one uses this language anymore. Yes you want to show that you were a productive member of the team and got along with everyone else. Instead of just saying you were a team player, explain how you contributed to the company bottom line while working closely with your peers.
  3. Successful Track Record: This one really dates you. I am not interested in the fact that you had a successful track record. Tell me what you were successful at. Tell me what your successes were. Did you save the company money? Did you make the company money? This is what the hiring manager wants to know.
  4. Results Oriented: Well you better be results oriented and why do have to tell me you are. I expect that you are. This is a given. Like your successful track record tell me what your results were.
  5. Excellent Work Ethic: Don’t use this unless you give me examples of what it means. Show me something that you did that exemplifies this otherwise it is just an empty phrase.
  6. Dynamic, Enthusiastic, Energetic: This is too much self-promotion that cannot be validated by work results. Leave these kinds of self-descriptive words off the resume and let the hiring manager decide in the interview if you are dynamic. If you say on your resume that you are dynamic and you have a down day and interview poorly, you are worse off than if you did not say it on the resume. Don’t box yourself in to having to exhibit those traits in the interview.
  7. Experienced: Everyone is experienced in something. Being experienced does not mean you can do the job as the hiring manager wants it done. This is a word we used to use all the time in resume but we have learned that it does not tell the reader anything about us. The purpose of the resume is to tell the hiring party enough about yourself that you get an interview. Just saying you are experienced does not do that.
  8. Expert Businessperson: See number seven above. Again this does not tell the hiring manager anything. What is a businessperson? If you put this on your resume, be prepared to tell the interviewer just what a businessperson is when she asks about it.
  9. People Person: This is outdated language. Talk instead about your communication and interpersonal skills. Again give clear examples

10. References Available Upon Request: This phrase really dates you. The hiring manager can get references themselves as the ones you would give them are bound to be biased.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but these are some of the most important words and phrases to leave off your resume if you want to impress the hiring manager.

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Are You Overqualified?

What are your choices if at age 32 with an MBA and 4 years executive management your company leaves the country and you do not go? How many jobs are out there for you and are you overqualified for most of them? How do you deal with being overqualified and still get interviews for the available jobs in New York?

Overqualified and the Resume

The first challenge an overqualified applicant faces is the resume. The resume is designed to show off you qualifications. So what do you do if you don’t want to show off you MBA and your executive management experience? It is possible to downplay the qualifications that are more than the job requires while still remaining honest about who you are and what you have done in your career.

If you are overqualified you absolutely want to use a functional resume and start with a skills session that emphasizes the skills that the particular job you are applying for needs. You will need to focus even more than ever on the specifics of the job you are applying for. Each job you apply for needs to have its own personalized resume with the information geared to that job.

Altering Your Resume

Do not misrepresent who you are. You will include all the information about your career it is just a matter of how and where you will present it. There is a school of thought within the career counseling and human resources field that says it is ok to leave information such as your titles and advanced degrees off resume entirely. However as a hiring manager, I would very unhappy with any candidate that presented on their resume as having a BS when they actually have an MBA. I would feel that they were intentionally trying to deceive. Not everyone is going to react that way, but the question is – is it worth the risk? I don’t think so when there is a way to deal with it honorably.

Presenting Your Information

So how do you go about presenting your information without altering the facts by leaving things out? Start with a Functional Resume that follows this format.

Professional Profile: Don’t use any titles in this section and don’t mention any level of education that is higher than the job requires. Instead make this a short and concise statement of skills, education and experience that fits what the job asks for and nothing more.

Core Qualifications: Again just pick 3-4 skills and education that fit the job you are applying for. Focus strongly on how your skills meet the job requirements. This is a critical section for convincing the hiring manager or recruiter to interview you.

Accomplishments: Remember to quantify these. Your accomplishments have nothing to do with your job titles, levels or your academic credentials. Here you can just lay it out. Be strong with this section and list as many quantifiable accomplishments as you can. Try to tie them into what the job is asking for.

Experience:  In this section do a chronological review of your career. List the company you worked for, the years you worked there, and your title. Nothing else.

Education:  Be honest and list you real credentials here.

Cover Letter

I have not talked much about the cover letter but in this circumstance it just might be more important than the resume. Use the cover letter to tailor all of your credentials to the job you are applying for. Go into depth about how you are the best person for this specific job and why. Do not mention salary in either the cover letter or the resume.

Make it clear why you want this job and show how your skills, experience and successes can work for this employer and in this particular job. It is here in the cover letter that you have to sell yourself to the recruiter or hiring manager in order to get the interview.

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Ten Things Not to Say on Your Resume

If you are looking for a job or looking for advancement from your current job, your resume is your calling card. Without a professional, readable, well written resume, you are not likely to achieve either a new job or a better one. There are many things that go into the making of a good resume. There are just as many that should not go into your resume and it might be more important to your chances in respect to what is not in your resume rather than what is.

In that respect let’s take a look at some of those things that you should not say in your resume.

Ten Things Not to Say on Your Resume

1. “I was fired from that job.” Never, ever acknowledge on a resume that you were fired from any job. You will not get an interview if you do. Now if you are asked in the interview or on an application tell the truth. If you were let go say so and explain why in the best possible terms. If you cannot explain it to your benefit than tell the interviewer what you learned from the experience, what you have learned since and why that will never happen again.  Just do not offer this information on the resume. That section we used to require on resume called “Reason for leaving” is no longer something you need to or should include on your resume.

2. “I had to go on six month medical leave and I am still not feeling too well.” This might explain a gap in your resume, but it will not get you an interview. If you have to reveal this again try to do it in the interview or on the phone, not in the resume. In addition end your sentence after the word ‘leave’. Do not indicate that you are still ill. Two things will be planted in the hiring manager’s mind if they see this on a resume. One is that you will be missing substantial time from work and their health care cost could take a hit. You will be too big of a risk.

3. “I like to go have a good time with the guys on Friday night at the bar”. You might be wondering why this is an issue. Lots of folks like to have a beer with friends once in a while. The problem is your are telling your potential employer that you like to engage in potentially dangerous or troublesome behavior. This is unnecessary information and you want to keep all unnecessary personal information off the resume.

4. “I have been married 3 times and all of my husbands have been deadbeats.” Again this is unnecessary personal information and it makes you look as bad if not worse to the potential employer than the ex-husbands. They don’t care about your ex-husbands but they do care about your judgment and this information makes it look like you have very little.

5. “I had a paper route in grade school and sold Christmas cards during high school. I have a real entrepreneurial background.” Whether you are 35 years old or 21years old, this is irrelevant information. The hiring manager is not interested in what you did in grade school and high school beyond knowing that you had the initiative to earn money. The statement about being an entrepreneur actually makes you look a little foolish.

6. “I am a strong conservative and I am not afraid to talk about politics.” It is never ok to discuss politics, religion or other personal beliefs on the resume. In addition the second half of this statement could indicate to the hiring manager that you are a potential ‘hot head’. He has hundreds of resumes. Why take the chance that you would cause problems?

7. “I expect to be paid more than the average because I am better than average at the job” These statements may be true and you may have the information and achievements in your resume to back it up. However it is poor form to talk about salary requirements in the resume. You don’t even talk about them in the interview unless the company brings it up. Wait for an offer and then you will have something to negotiate.

8. “My current employer’s top clients are willing to follow me to your firm.” You might be thinking what could possibly be wrong with this sentence. Quite simply it is about loyalty and integrity. If you are willing to take clients from your current employer, why wouldn’t you do the same from me if I hire you?

9. “My email address is” Again you are giving a very poor impression with this email address. If I think you are going to party all the time, I may decide you are not worth the risk and you will never get an interview with me.

10. “I missed three months from this job because I was incarcerated for DWI.” This one is similar to #9 but it holds two problems for a hiring manager. First you were incarcerated and missed a lot of work. Second you were drinking while driving. As a hiring manager I would never trust your judgment. On the other hand if you are asked on an application or in the interview if you have ever been arrested and/or jailed, you must answer honestly and take the consequences. Again turn it your way by explaining what you learned from it.

By now you are laughing and saying what kind of person would put these things on their resume? Believe me, over the course of the past 30 years as a hiring manager, I have seen every one of these statements on resumes. However if you want an interview avoid these missteps on the resume.

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As you begin your quest for a new and better step on your career ladder, have you considered the importance and strength of your resume? Unless you are applying only within your current employer, you will need a resume that stands out among the pack. Even if you are applying within your current employer, if the department you are applying to does not know you or your HR Department requires it, you might need a resume here as well.

So you drag out your old resume from six years ago and polish it up and send it off, right?  WRONG. This would be exactly the wrong thing to do. As a hiring manager for over 25 years, I know that a six year old resume is just going to sit at the bottom of the stack on my desk, while I interview those candidates that provided me with modern resumes.

Much has changed in the resume business in six years. So much that the format, the content and the appearance have all had an upgrade. If you give me a resume that looks like resumes looked six years ago, I am going to think you don’t really want the job. I am going to think it either it does not mean that much to you or you are a lazy worker or not smart enough to know what is going on in 2014, instead of 2008.

So it is clear that you need a new resume. You cannot just recycle the old one. The next question is can you write the new one yourself or do you need a professional resume writer?

Why Hire a Professional Resume Writer

Why should you hire a professional resume writer? If your resume does not jump out of the stack of over 100 on my desk, you won’t get an interview. Are you confident you can produce a resume as good as the one a professional will produce?

  • Professional resume writers usually have Human Resources experience or managerial experience and most are experienced writers. They are experienced in looking objectively at your current resume and your experiences and bringing it up to current standards.
  • Professional resume writers are trained and experienced in identifying your skills, strengths and accomplishments and incorporating them into your resume in the best way to make them obvious to the hiring manager.
  • If you have any gaps in your resume or any periods of multiple jobs, the professional resume writer can organize these so that your best skills are presented upfront. They will make sure that the resume presents your talent and experience in a way that matches the job you are applying for are.
  • Your six year old resume that you polished up will never be internet ready. Today’s resume is not mailed or hand delivered. It is emailed, attached to an online application or posted online. If you are searching for a new job that matches your experience, then you will need keywords in your resume that line up with what you want to do. Then when a hiring manager searches for candidates, the right key words will help them find you.
  • The professional resume writer will layout and design your resume in a way that makes it catch the hiring manager’s eye without being frivolous.

How to Hire a Professional Resume Writer

  • Know what you are looking for and what it is you want from the writer. Be able to answer their questions, which mean you have put some thought into this process. What is your ideal job? What is it about a job that attracts you? What are your strengths and weaknesses as it applies to the job you want? The more information you can give the writer, the better.


  • What is their experience and background? If you are dealing with a company with multiple agents find out who is writing your resume specifically. What is their experience and how long have they been writing resumes? What is their background and education?


  • What is included in their service? Do you get multiple formats of your resume? Do you get a cover letter? References and thank you letters? Do you get a package or one resume? Know what you are paying for before you agree to pay for anything.


  • What is their success rate? How many of the resumes they write result in interviews? That is the only measure of success you can look at. The resume cannot get you the job. The resume can only get you an interview. So ask them how many resumes it takes to get one interview.


  • What is the cost? Is it a package deal with cover letters or other documents? Or is all ala carte? You just pay per piece?


So it really makes sense at times to hire a professional resume writer. The more you want the new job, the more complicated your work history, or the more important it is to present your information in a certain manner, the more you need a professional resume writer.



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Do you really need a resume these days? When companies are putting their applications and resume templates online at their hiring sites, do you really need a resume? With all the changes in how we look for a job, how companies recruit for employers, how much of the process is now online, why do you need a resume?

For many young people these days life on the internet and mobile technology is second nature. They can register on Linked-in, Plaxco, Jobster, Indeed/My Workster, and Ecadamy instead of producing a resume. They can use sites like VisualCV to create a career profile page for hiring companies to view. Many candidates these days think if they have a career profile web page there is no need for a resume.

However recent studies show you still need a resume. Jobvite did a Social Recruiting Survey with employers and using social media is not one of the top three ways that they recruit. The resume is. However 92% of all employers do use social media in some way, it just does not replace the resume in employers eyes.

At the same time Josh Tolan who is the CEO of Spark Hire says the traditional resume will always be a piece of the recruiting puzzle. However you do want to make yourself stand out from the rest. Tolan says this could include video resumes and Twitter resumes. He feels that “For example, the infographic resume shows off a candidate’s creativity and visual flair. A video resume, on the other hand, shows off a candidate’s communication skills and personality.”

Why Do I Need a Resume?

Why do you need a resume? Companies that recruit online often have elaborate applications. Even if you are not applying online most companies want you to complete their application. Isn’t this enough? As you can see from the comments of CEO’s above they still expect a resume of some sort. It might not be your traditional resume. It might be video or it might be on Twitter. It will however be a resume none the less.

You want to do a resume so that you can control what information is shared with the hiring company. You want to be in charge of whatever information is in the hands of the recruiter or hiring manager. Do they have enough or do they need more? The resume is meant to be a tool that presents your skills and your experience in the best possible light. Take a look at the job application you fill out online or in person. Most of them will not present you in the best possible light nor will they tell the hiring manager why he needs to interview you.

Is Your Resume Passe’?

So we have established that the resume is still needed but also that it has changed dramatically and we need to change with it. Hiring managers are no longer looking for the traditional resume. There are some things that we pushed for years in resume development that are no longer relevant. If your resume does these things it is outdated and needs to change.

  • Do not try to squeeze your resume into one page. I know we taught you that but we were wrong. How long your resume is depends on how long you have been in the workforce, how long you have been in any specific job, and how many different jobs you have had. Keep it concise but cover all the relevant information. Recruiters and hiring managers are extremely busy and if you want them to take you seriously do not waste their time.
  • Resumes in fact are becoming the minimum that is expected from the candidate in terms of information. If you really want to brand yourself you will need a webpage as well as a resume, a presence on Linked-in, Facebook and Twitter are all important.
  • Do not use an objective at the top of your resume. Of course we also taught you to do this in the past. However you want to make the right impression and stand out from the beginning. So you do not want your first impression to be what you want the company to do for you as most objectives state. You want your first impression to be what you can do for the company. If you need to state any objective about your application for this specific job, you can do it in the cover letter. Yes we still use cover letters.
  • Do not use up expensive space saying “References Available upon Request”. Any hiring manager or HR professional worth their salary knows you would have them if they asked for them.
  • Finally one of the newest things to pay attention to is if you are going to email your resume, send it as a PDF document, not a Word document. It looks so much more professional.


So the answer to the original question is no. Resumes are not passé. Certainly you have to make changes from the traditional resume we have always known. You need to do more than a resume. Use the social media and make the resume user friendly.

Resume Brand


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(By – Staff Writer)

Does Your Resume Have a Brand?

There are always new trends popping up in every field and this is as true within the resume writing field as it is in any other. One of the newest trends in the field is “branding”. According to Wikepedia, a brand is “”name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s product distinct from those of other sellers.” It goes on to say that “brand is defined as an intangible asset and is often the most valuable asset on a corporation’s balance sheet.”

So how does this translate to your resume? Well in essence you want to “brand” yourself. How do you identify yourself as distinct from all those other candidates? How is your resume as distinct from all other resumes so that you are the one who gets called for that interview? What is your brand? How do you brand a person and their work history?

In short your personal brand is the distilment of your work experience and personality into an image or description. Your ‘brand” is a set of intangibles and tangible items that together separate you from the rest of the New York applicants in that stack on the hiring manager’s desk. So what goes into your brand?

Developing Your Brand

  • Tone: Everything a hiring manager receives from you including the impression you make in an interview, should have the same tone. Who you are, what you want in a career, what you have studied and what you have done should all have a consistent tone throughout. Knowing what you want in a job, what your accomplishments are and why they fit this job is the tone you want to set.
  • Online Profiles: If you are going to have a brand you have to have a personal website. On your website you will highlight who you are, what you have done, what your accomplishments are, what your goals and dreams are. In your resume you insert a link to this webpage.
  • Career Summary: On your resume, create a section that highlights the best of your work to date. Include any standout moments you have had, any awards you have won, outcome of any major projects.
  • I have said many times in other articles not to list responsibilities and duties on your resume but to be more creative with that information. Well when developing your brand list initiatives on your resume instead of these. An initiative might look a lot like an accomplishment except that it would not necessarily be in terms of dollars. Initiatives always start with the words ‘developed’ or ‘initiated’
  • This might sound a little strange but you want to have testimonials on your website and perhaps on your resume. Testimonials will set your brand for you. Have clients, customers or others who know you well to write a testimonial about your skills and how you helped them. Make sure these testimonials come from people who are qualified to speak to your field or who personally experienced your customer service.

Now adding these to your resume is innovative and will make you stand out. The danger is that not every hiring manager is going to appreciate it.

The Value of a Personal Brand

  • Whether on your resume, in your cover sheet or on your personal website, a distinct and easily recognizable personal brand will set you apart from the crowd of candidates for every job you want to apply for.
  • Your personal brand might not be your actual job but it will be what you are ‘known for’.  Example your job is to run the CNC machine in the factory but you are known all over the company for your technological skills. Everyone comes to you when there is something minor not working on their PC or program they are using. They come to you to fix it.
  • Put at least 1-3 things you want to be ‘known’ for on your resume. Link these to your personal online profile so that the interviewer can visit that site for more information. This will greatly increase the value you are attempting to create with the brand.
  • All good marketing professionals understand that it is the packaging that sells the product. It is the branding that actually gets us to pick up that product off the shelf and buy it. You increase the value of your resume by tenfold by giving it a brand. Your resume and cover letter is your packaging that needs to sell your product which is you. It has to stand out as it represents you.

Tips for Branding your Resume

There are a lot of ways to brand your resume. Here are just a few additional tips.

  • Use color but not too much color. Color images will make the interviewer notice and your resume will jump out of the stack. However be careful not to go overboard. This is new to many hiring managers and you do not want it seen as a gimmick and not taken seriously.
  • Use links to your personal website and to other social media that is career oriented. If you don’t have accounts on these sites – open them. These can include Linked-in, xing, or plaxo. Find other industry specific sites that you can register on as well.


Branding on the resume is a new and innovative concept but it is the cutting edge future of job hunting. It is more than valuable to develop your own brand, add value to your brand and brand your cover letter and resume.

Resume Gaps


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By Writer

For so many of us there are now gaps in our resumes. These are times that we did not work and with the economy the way it has been the last ten years, there are many more than there used to be. So what do you do with this information? How should you address the gaps in your resume in order to keep the hiring manager from just overlooking you because of them?

Good workers can have gaps in their resumes. However I had learned from experience that 90% of those with gaps in their resumes had been fired or walked off jobs and could not get another job. I did not take the chance.

This was prior to 2006 through the present. Now there will still be people with gaps in their resume for those reasons. However there will also be maybe 20-50% of the candidates with gaps due to layoffs and downsizing in a bad economy. Keep in mind though that when a company has to downsize or lay off some employees, they do not layoff their best employees. As a hiring manager, I am still going to be skeptical of those gaps in your resume.

So what to do? You have a couple choices. You can present a chronological resume with the gaps filled with some form of information or you can present a functional resume that does not deal with the gaps at all. Again I will tell you that as a hiring manager, I like functional resumes and I have a healthy skepticism about functional resumes.

So what do you do about these gaps in your employment on a conventional resume?

  • If there is a legitimate reason for the gap – you were laid off, you had surgery, your parent was terminally ill – just be honest and upfront about it.
  • Only list the years you worked on a job not the months. Example Instead of June 2005- May 2009 and then the next job is not until Dec 2009 don’t list the months. Say job A 2005-2009 and job B 2009 – present. Now there is no gap in your resume. Be prepared to answer any questions you receive about this at the interview though.
  • Say you were fired in 2005 and did not work again until 2008 because you were taking training courses towards a certificate and an associate degree. The fact that you were let go never has to come up. Put the time you did not work – 2005-2009 in the education section at the top of the page and in the chronological section put one line that says you were pursuing additional training and education.
  • Just leave the gap there and explain it in the cover letter or the interview. Never tell the interviewer you were fired unless specifically asked. Tell them the job was not a good fit for you which it obviously was not if you were fired. On the other hand do not lie. Do not say you were laid off if you were fired. Remember that the hiring manager can call your previous employer for a reference check.
  • If worse comes to worse and you were fired and have to admit it, tell the hiring manager what you learned from the experience and how much more mature you are now.

Just remember that gaps in your resume don’t have to be job killers. They just have to be ignored or explained. I can live with your not working for 6 months while your mother was dying or you were laid off. I can’t live with your lying about it.



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If you wanted to impress me with your life’s work on a couple pieces of paper, you had better have listed your accomplishments and they better be impressive and match the job you are listing them for.

Now most of you reading this will say “of course”, while a handful might say “accomplishments?”. We are very used to writing resumes that follow the same basic format. You have an objective at the top of the page, then you list your education, then your jobs and for every job you list what you were “responsible for”. You might also list additional skills if you felt they were relevant to the job you were applying for or if you thought they were impressive enough.

We’ve all followed this format for years. For years it worked also. Now however the employment situation is different. The New York  market is flooded with experienced people who were “responsible for” a wide variety of things. As a hiring manager my desk is flooded with those types of resumes. I will go through them. I will “thumb” through them.

However I am looking for the resume that stands out. I am looking for the resume that includes accomplishments. That resume will jump out of the pack and into the “call for an interview” pile. In this way I will pare down a stack of hundreds of resumes to a few dozen. Still I am not going to interview a few dozen people just because they listed accomplishments on their resume.

So now how do I select who I am going to interview? I will read through these couple dozen resumes with great care. I am looking for accomplishments that match responsibilities and the goals of the company. I am looking for accomplishments that tell me what you did to make your company better. How did you leave your company better than it was when you went there?

What Are Accomplishments?

So how do you display your accomplishments in your resume so that you can be sure I put yours in the interview pile? Because most of us grew up being told to be modest, not to boast about our accomplishments, make the other guy feel good too; we are not even sure what our accomplishments are. If we do know what they are, we do not know how to present them on our resume.

Accomplishments can be measured and quantified. Accomplishments answer the “What have you done for me lately?” question. Think about this question and then ask yourself:

  • Did I save the company money?
  • Did I make the company money?
  • Did I increase participation in a program?
  • Did I greatly improve the safety or quality record of the company?

Once you know what your accomplishments are, now think about how to display them on your resume. You have a few choices. You can have a section entitled Accomplishments at the top of the page right after your education. If you have multiple jobs you can still do this. Just list the company were the accomplishment happened. The other option is to list the accomplishments right after listing the name, address, dates worked and job title. This however is not your optimal listing. It is better to list accomplishments up front where the hiring manager can see them right away. It would look something like this.


Jane Doe                              555 Somewhere St.                        Any city, Any state zip

Email address                     888-888-8888

Education: B.A. Anything 2000

                     A UNIVERSITY

                     Anywhere, US


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

In this way you will draw the eye of the hiring manager to your resume and accomplishments. If the accomplishments are good and match your work history, you can bet you will get an interview.

Excellent Resumes


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By Staff,

In my years as an Executive Recruiter, I was often asked by New York candidates about the value of the resume in the job hunt. I would be the first to tell them, it is the key that opens the door to the interview in 90-95% of all cases. Sure there are a few referrals that get you right into an interview without a resume, but those are rare and depend on who you know.

For most of us it is the resume that is that key. The resume that New York hiring managers like myself are going to spend maybe 10-20 seconds evaluating. That’s right. I am only going to review your resume for 10-20 seconds, yet it is critical to my decision regarding who I will interview. What this means is that your resume better be excellent. It better be head and shoulders above the rest.

Tell me again why you are presenting a resume instead of just filling out an application?
– Your resume is in truth your commercial about yourself. It is a marketing tool and like any commercial or marketing tool your resume is meant to say, “Purchase this product and you will get the benefits this person has to offer”.
– Your resume will tell the employer that you meet the basic requirements for the job. You have the degree required and the number of years of experience. It gives the employer contact information for you.
– It will show the employer how well you write and how well you can present yourself.
You have 10-20 seconds to make an outstanding impression. One that is good enough to get you an interview. How good is your resume? As an Executive Recruiter I never allowed a candidate to send their resume to an employer. We re-wrote every resume with an eye toward the job we were presenting the candidate for. We did this because we were professionals and we wrote resumes every day of the week and we knew how to get a resume noticed.
We knew how to present you in such a way that the employer has just a taste of what your work might be like, and is left wanting more. It causes the employer to do more than just put you in an interview pile. It causes them to call you right now and set up an in-face interview.

Given this what goes into that excellent resume?

• Presentation- your resume needs to be well organized and easy to read. Use a font that is easy on the eyes.
• First Impression – are you neat, conscientious, hardworking and committed? Does your resume say this at a glance? Is it neat or is it sloppy? Is it well organized or is it hard to follow at a glance? Is there attention to detail or do sentences ramble on?
• Relationship of your skills and experience to the job you are applying for.
Your well written, well presented resume tells the story of who you are, what skills you have mastered, what knowledge you have, how much you understand you industry, how you handle people and how you respond in a crisis. All that in a one-two page document? Yes you should be able to see all of that at a glance to the hiring manager can make a decision to interview you.
Think like a hiring manager. Think about how busy your hiring manager might be. Think about the hundred resumes on her desk. Now think about what information is most crucial that you share with her and make sure that information is at the forefront of your resume.
An excellent resume is your credibility, your integrity on a piece of paper. You can enhance this with an online web portfolio that gives more well-written, concise detail on your accomplishments, your mission in your career, your values, your ambition and leadership ability. A website is almost expected these days if you want to get the interview. It sets you apart.
Include the URL for your webpage but do not include your Twitter or your Face Book page. Remember you are making an impression. Remember the value of your resume to the recruiter or the hiring manager. You are potentially worth thousands of dollars to them or you are worth nothing to them. Make you resume sing for those 20 seconds they are going to be looking at it.

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By Joni Wamer (Guest Writer)

I’ve spent well over twenty five years in management and hiring in that time I must have reviewed hundreds of resumes. Over the years the styles and formats of resumes have changed but what is important in respect to the content has not changed. I have passed over many candidates who may have been qualified and might have done a terrific job, because their resumes were not acceptable.

If you want to get the interview with New York city employers, you need to get the hiring manager to notice you through your resume. If you fill it up with a lot of empty words and catchy phrases, you can bet you will not be interviewing with me. So what is it you should not put in your resume? What should not be missing?

Leave these Out of your Resume
• Long Paragraphs – don’t format your resume like you would a cover letter. Resumes should have short, bulleted points that attract the eye and get the attention of the reviewer. The resume is not the place to tell your life story.
• Information that is too personal should never be in a resume. Don’t tell me who you are dating or even married to. There are laws about that and I’d rather not even know. It has nothing to do with your ability to do the job. Remember what I care about at this stage is the job not you.
• Do not put an Objective at the start of your resume. I know everyone has been taught to do so, but it puts limitations on what I think you can or want to do. Just leave it open.
• Your resume does not need a picture of you. This makes it look unprofessional and cutesy. Just don’t do it.
• Don’t use generic resumes. Tailor your resume to match the job you are applying for. This will capture the attention of the hiring manager and just might get you the interview. If they see hundreds of resumes, yours needs to look different from the rest.
• Don’t put references in the resume. Wait for me to ask for them.
• Don’t use a quirky, unprofessional email address. If your main email address is zombie2@aol, develop a new one that is Keep it professional at all times.
• Don’t clutter your resume with links to other sites with the exception of you web portfolio.
• Make sure you do not have any spelling and grammatical errors. Check and double check this. Don’t rely only on your device’s spell check. Check it again yourself.
• Never, ever, ever lie. Don’t say you have a Master’s Degree if you don’t. I will find out.
What Was Missing from Your Resume
• Quantitative data – I really don’t want to know what you were responsible for in your current and past employments. I want to know what you accomplished. What were your successful at? How did you either make or save your company money?
• If nothing in your resume relates to my job opening I will discard it. Tell me what your skill set is and tell me what your skill set has to do with my job.
• A link to your web page with your exceptional portfolio. Now make sure you have an exceptional portfolio.
So the next time you think you are a perfect fit for a job in New York and you don’t even get an interview, you might want to take a look at your resume. It may be your resume that is holding you back.

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Upcoming February 2013 Job Fairs in New York City.

Coast to Coast Long Island Job Fair
Long Island Job Fair
Monday, February 11, 2013
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott Long Island
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 – 6pm Sharp
Radisson Martinique on Broadway
49 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001

Coast to Coast NYC Job Fair
Monday, February 25, 2013
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Diversity Job Fairs – Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
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Career MD Job Fair
Monday, December 03, 2012
5:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210

Choice Career Fairs
December 5, 2012
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Affinia Manhattan Hotel
371 Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10001
10AM to 2PM

Choice Career Fairs Long Island Career Fair
December 6, 2012
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

National Career Fairs
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Thursday, November 1st
Friday, November 2nd
9:00am – 1:00pm
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JobEXPO – General / Professional Job Fair in Melville, NY
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Hilton Long Island / Huntington
598 Broad Hollow Road
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Coast to Coast – Long Island Job Fair
Monday, November 12, 2012
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