Resumes

You Can Call Yourself a ‘Rock Star,’ But…

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Tip of the Day If you feel the need to call yourself a “rock star” on your resume, that’s fine—just back it up by describing your experience. Recruiters say the important thing is to make sure your skills are presented accurately and that your resume is tailored to the job description. As long as you do that, they say, call yourself whatever you like. However, it’s important to include your real job titles so you’re not missed during keyword searches.… continue…

Keywords Are a Foundation of Your Job Search

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Tip of the Day Keywords are important because recruiters search resumes for matches when sourcing candidates from databases loaded with job-seeker profiles. The more frequently your resume matches the keywords contained in a recruiter’s search, the more calls you’ll get. But they’re important to use in places beyond your resume. You should carry the concept throughout all of your job search activities by using them in your elevator pitch and during networking conversations and interviews. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates… continue…

Address Gaps in Your Job History Head On

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Tip of the Day Modest gaps in employment usually aren’t deal-breakers. The trick is to address them honestly. Your goal should be to minimize the effects of your time away from work, not to hide that time or misrepresent its duration. Trying to hide an employment gap is a surefire way to come across as having, well, something to hide. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Your resume’s cover letter is the… continue…

Electronic or Not, Polish Your Resume Format

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  Tip of the Day Most of the time, we send resumes electronically, either through a form, in the body of an email or as an attachment. Despite that, you should pay attention to how your resume will look if it’s seen on paper. Managers may print out the attachments, or you may hand a paper version to someone during an interview. Free resume samples are available on Dice. Avoid ornate formats. Instead use a simple, easy-to-read Microsoft Word document… continue…

Include Testimonials in Your Resume

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Tip of the Day People expect you to tell them how great you are in your resume and cover letter. After all, finding a job is all about selling yourself as the right person to fix an employer’s problem. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other voices. You can add a lot of credibility to your story by including testimonials from colleagues or former managers in your resume. Think of it from the employer’s point of view: They’re… continue…

‘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…