10 Reality Checks of Job-Hunting: Overcoming Common Job-Search Mistakes

by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. If you’ve been searching unsuccessfully for a new job for some time now — or if you’re about to start a job-search — you’ll want to review the 10 job-hunting concepts we discuss in this article. We refer to these job-search concepts as reality checks because […]

Resume Keywords

by Tracy Laswell, CPRW, JCTC – CAREER-Magic.com More than ever before, a job seeker’s resume must be carefully composed to appeal to applicant tracking systems, recruiters, and hiring managers. Each word on the page should support your specific career objective. And it better be all about benefits of hiring you: most the content needs to […]

Smarter Job Search Workshop Series

Not getting the results you want in your job search? Don’t give up! Learn what you can do to take your search to the next level. The Smarter Job Search Workshops are interactive, information-packed one-hour workshops designed to make you more successful in a number of ways: Brand Yourself! Create winning resumes and cover letters […]

8 Reasons to Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile

My clients in job search are often curious about whether they should have a profile on LinkedIn. I am very enthusiastic about the benefits of networking online, particularly on LinkedIn. Here’s why: LinkedIn is sort of a one-stop shop for career management – it functions as your online resume, your super-friendly, self-updating Rolodex (contacts list for […]

12 Ways to Stay Positive in a Long-Drawn-Out Job Search

by Tracy Laswell, CPRW, JCTC – CAREER-Magic.com No doubt about it, job searching can be a draining, emotionally gut-wrenching, and depressing experience. The world as you know it hangs in the balance throughout a long, anxiety-ridden jaunt through the unknown. As a job search expert, a big part of what I do is help clients […]

E-mailing Resumes: The Good, The Bad, The Unexpected

The following article is based on an e-mail I received from a “recently re-employed UNIX Guru” – we’ll call him Louis, because, well, that’s his name. Fresh from a relatively short period of unemployment, he still identifies with those still in job search mode – and nice guy that he is, he wanted to share […]

Resumé Best Practices: A Survey of 40 HR Managers and Recruiters

A survey of HR managers and recruiters on resumes and related issues  As the moderator of an HR / Recruiter Panel Discussion at the 1999 Professional Association of Resume Writers’ convention, I learned that professional resume consultants, just like job seekers have plenty of questions than ever when it comes to the “receiving end” of […]

Resume Writing 101: What’s In a Name?

Don’t use your middle initial In my years as a career services professional, I have found that approximately 90% of my clients are hell-bent on having their name appear on their resumes as follows: “George M. Smith” or “Susan W. Dingle” It ends up on the resume only about 5% of the time. I will, […]

The Headless Resume

In my business, I naturally see a lot of resumes, written by amateurs and other professionals. Lately I’ve seen a rash of resumes that seem to have lost their minds. Is your resume “headless?” If your resume reads something like this, you may be missing a critical section. JOHN T. FRUGALBERRY (with that dreaded middle initial, […]

Cover Letter Writing 101: Paper and Electronic Letters

Create a personalized cover letter Why? Because Ed McMahon does. When I think of the average job seeker’s approach to cover letters, I’m reminded of the Publishers’ Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. You know, all those crazy coupons and stickers and NASA-level procedures on how to put it all together correctly. You become excited that you’re going to […]