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Resumés and Cover Letters Articles

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

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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 o…

Sharper Resumes – Results, Relevance

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

by Tracy Laswell, CPRW, JCTC - CAREER-Magic.com More than ever before, a job seeker's resume must be carefully composed in such a way that each word on the page supports a specific career objective. And it better be all about benefits of hiring you: 75% or more of the content needs to prove your …

8 Reasons to Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

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, …

Smarter Job Search Workshop Series

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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! …

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

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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 re…

An Upside to the Recession? My thoughts exactly…

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

An esteemed colleague of mine, Carol Ross, writes a brilliant blog, often putting lucid words around the topics that I find myself pondering (though with less clarity). Her most recent, The Upside to a Recession, is about "realistic optimism" --an oxymoron better known as the silver lining…

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

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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…

Straight Talk About Your Resume

Friday, February 20th, 2009

By Frank Fox Your resume is the one step in your job search over which you have total control. It is your personal career marketing document. Based upon the strength of that one or two pages of information, you will either be selected for an interview from among potentially hundreds of other cand…

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

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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 w…

Resume Writing 101: What’s In a Name?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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 wi…