Resumes

‘Soft’ Skills Count as Job Skills on Your Resume

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Tip of the Day If you want to know which job skills are needed for a specific role, print 10 job descriptions from Dice that most closely represent the type of work you want. Then, look at their requirements. Almost all of the things you’ll find listed there are job skills. That includes certifications and soft skills used in team building and communication. “Able to work under tight deadlines” may not seem like a job skill, but it is. Business… continue…

Make Your Cover Letter and Resume a Real Package

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Tip of the Day Consistency between your resume and cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and thoroughness. Plus, giving reviewers a coordinated package helps you convey the sense of a uniform message. That’s subtle, but it can have an impact. From the font to layout to headers, you want to present complementary documents that were obviously thoughtfully crafted by the same author. It doesn’t matter whether you attach them as Word documents or PDFs, or paste plain-text versions into… continue…

Customize Your Resume’s Technical Skills Section

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Tip of the Day Never send the same resume for every job application. Instead, customize your technical skills for each position. Especially important: Include technology that the company uses in its environment. Click here to see QA-related jobs. If you’re applying to a public company, you can often find out what type of technology it’s using, then craft your resume to fit the platforms. When recruiters and hiring managers see that you’ve written your response specifically to their needs, you’re… continue…

Resumes and Cover Letters are a Package Deal

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  Tip of the Day Cover letters and resumes work best as a package, with the cover letter acting as an introduction to the skills and experience described in your resume. Every hiring manager is different, but for what it’s worth let me share how I use the two in combination: I scan the cover letter quickly, then go on to the resume and give that a quick read. Then I go back to the cover letter and read it… continue…

Take a Look at This Job Resume on a Beer Carton

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Canadian graphic designer Brennan Gleason wanted to attract more work, so he came up with a novel concept: custom-printing his resume on boxes of the beer he brews as a sideline. “I brewed up a nice blonde ale, so I figured it would awesome to use it to promote myself and my work,” Gleason wrote in a post on Dribbble. “Box contains the resume and the bottles each contain a piece of my work.” In addition to some bits about… continue…

Avoid This Fatal Error on Your Resume

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  Tip of the Day Grammatical errors and typos are always high on the list of fatal resume flaws. But there’s actually a worse one, the most fatal of the fatal: Rambling and incoherent writing. In fact, while reviewers are often willing to overlook an occasional spelling error, outdated technology references or even a brief, unexplained employment gap, a resume that fails to succinctly convey who you are and what you do is going to be deleted, no matter how… continue…

4 Basic Steps of Resume Writing

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  Tip of the Day For new graduates: Whatever job you’re looking for, you’ll construct your resume on a few simple foundation blocks. The first: resume samples—we’ve got free ones here. Select a simple design that lists your education and coursework before your experience, and includes a section for computer languages, operating systems and other technical expertise. It’s best to create a Microsoft Word document that converts easily to plain text. When you need a printed version, always use quality… continue…

What to Include in Your Resume’s Skills List

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Tip of the Day Your resume’s list of technical skills is among its most important features, so take the time to make it as effective as it can possibly be. After all, this is the place where you demonstrate the depth of your experience with the tools necessary to do a certain job. One of the most common mistakes tech professionals make is to include a laundry list of skills here. Instead, include only those where you have an intermediate… continue…

12 Simple Mistakes That Could Sink Your Resume

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Any IT professional worth their salt knows employers automatically reject resumes littered with typos and grammatical errors. Or that resumes need keywords to survive resume screening and selection software. But what other mistakes are you making that could be secretly hindering your efforts? Here are 12 stealthy–but correctable–problems that could be plaguing your resume and stifling your search. 1. It doesn’t tell a compelling story. The goal of a resume is to unequivocally demonstrate why you’re the best professional for… continue…

5 Steps to Take Before You Start Contracting

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Nowadays, when demand for so many technical skills is so high, the idea of contracting can seem like a good way to keep things interesting and make more money. But working for yourself comes with more than just flexibility and a certain amount of control over your own fate. You’ll have a business to attend to, also, which means keeping the books and making sure you’ve always got the work you need to pay the bills. We asked Jennifer Bensusen,… continue…