Writing a Resume

Personal SWOT Analysis for Resume Writing

As a businessperson, you may have heard of a SWOT Analysis. It’s a planning method used to evaluate a project or business venture’s related Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The strengths and weaknesses are internal to the project or business venture and can be controlled, to some extent. Opportunities and threats are external to the project or venture and can’t be significantly controlled.

In this article, I’m going to tell you my personal experience with a different kind of SWOT analysis I was asked to do as an undergraduate business student. One of my professors invited each student in her marketing […]

CV Resume

Do you know the differences between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume? While a resume is a compact, usually one page long ad for you as an employee, a CV is a significantly longer document that describes you as an academic, teacher, researcher, or medical professional. While the average resume only receives a 20-second scan, you can expect your curriculum vitae to be read more carefully. After all, your future employer or school could have just asked you for a resume—if they ask you for a CV, they want to know more.

The following table covers some of the main […]

Resume Mistakes to Avoid

In this economy, it’s hard to find a job even with the best resume. Make sure you’re not stacking the odds against yourself by making common resume mistakes. Following these 10 warnings can save your resume from ending up in the “circular file” – more commonly known as the trash can.

1. Don’t try to write a one-size-fits-all resume.
Do you like getting spam in your inbox? No? Do you delete e-mails as soon as you figure out that the exact same message has been sent to hundreds of other people and contains nothing that personally interests you?

Well, hiring managers are just […]

How to Write a Resume

Every job seeker needs a resume. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for part-time work, interested in volunteer jobs, or still in high school. Learning how to write a resume will help you. It’s an advertizement that should be designed to get you an interview. Even the process of writing a resume helps you clarify your career plans, strengths, weaknesses, and skills.

But what if you’re not sure how to write a resume? While each person’s resume must be unique, the following 7 strategies should be useful:

1. Put your name at the top and make it stand out.
Your resume is an advertizement […]

Resume and Cover Letter Tips for Gaps in Employment

You’ve been out of work for a long time. Months, years, or even decades. Maybe the recession hit your industry particularly hard. Perhaps you took time off to raise children or care for a sick family member. Or, maybe you became discouraged at some point and threw in the towel. Whatever your situation, you can break back into the job market. It just takes planning and flexibility. This article offers strategies for making a long gap in employment look better on your resume and cover letter.

1. Focus on what you have been doing.
Unless you’ve been in a coma, you’ve been doing something […]

Resume Templates

Using standardized resume templates, either a free template or a general step by step resume software product, can simplify the resume writing process. However, many sample resume templates are only as good as the examples they provide.

A free resume template is a great way to initially begin the resume writing process, but they are only the first step in how to write a resume. Resume templates are just as their name defines a box template that your information is placed into. Very little concern is given to the order and flow of your information, and specific qualifications you can provide […]