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Staffing Advisors Blog

Eight Keys to Choosing and Using the Best Job References

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on April 11, 2011

If you're like most job-seekers, you may not have put much thought into whom you'll want to use as references when potential employers request them. We're often so busy polishing our resumes and cover letters, researching the companies, and preparing for interviews that we neglect a very important part of the job search process -- requesting people to be references.

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Resume and Cover Letter Advice

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 21, 2011

Resume Analysis from a Sourcer

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on January 3, 2011

My coworker, expert sourcer Kelly Dingee, wrote a great post about getting your resume ready for 2011.  Kelly looks through candidate resumes daily and knows what a great resume is.

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How to Make your Resume less Boring

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on August 27, 2010

If your resume is dull, it doesn’t matter how perfect you are for the job — hiring managers will never know how great you are if they’re not blown away by your first impression: your resume.  Hiring managers looking at the resume for less than 1 minute each means yours needs to be interesting in order to get even a small chance at an interview.  So how do you take your resume from boring to impactful?  Here are a few tips from HR thought leader and “Michel Jordan of Hiring” Dr. John Sullivan.  The main point: Focus more on content and less on pretty formatting… Show your effectiveness, skills, and leadership abilities, as proven in your past organizations.  Dr. Sullivan has 30 tips for how to do that… Here are 6 important ones:

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Who Does Your Resume Appeal to?

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 26, 2009

Karen Siwak can tell a story, that's what makes her a good resume writer.  She can also tell an accurate story that is unique to the job seeker, that's what makes her a great resume writer.  But here's where it really gets interesting, she tailors the story to the audience, and that's what makes her an effective resume writer.  Read her post on Recruiters Have Attention Deficit Disorder, and Resume Screening Applications have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - you'll be glad you did.    I make it a practice to read her blog and follow her on Twitter (@ResumeStrategy), and I'm not even looking for a job.

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Rethinking the Video Resume

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 15, 2009

I read an interesting post recently on really creative resumes and I poured cold water on the idea. Show your creativity in your portfolio I was thinking. (Many apply but few show their portfolio of course).

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13 Phrases to Avoid in Your Resume

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on October 14, 2009

You want your resume to grab the hiring manager’s attention, right? You don’t want to bore them. Well Rachel Zupek came up with a list of 13 overused phrases in resumes. In order to engage your hiring manager, avoid these common phrases. Here are 3:

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Customize Your Cover Letter – But Not Your Resume (and Avoid the Buzzwords)

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on September 17, 2009

Are you spending hours customizing your resume to each job opening you apply for? Sounds time consuming. And Kerry Sandberg Scott agrees - she thinks it’s crazy to customize your resume to each job. Your experience is the same, so what do you need to change about it? Instead, use your cover letter to highlight how your experience applies to the specific position.

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How Personal Your Resume Should Be

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on August 26, 2009

We’ve said before that your resume should be long enough to list your qualifications thoroughly. But should you include personal details, such as what sports you play in your spare time? Peggy McKee at RecruitingBloggers.com wrote a short but insightful post about why you shouldn’t put personal information in your resume. Does your interest in basketball prove your proficiency at work? I don’t think so. So why do recruiters need to read it? McKee suggests remembering your audience and writing only what is important to them.

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How to Write an Effective Resume

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on June 18, 2009