Writing Advice and Recommendation

Resume Writing

Resume writing is an art. Like other forms of art, resume writing is subjective. However, you can make your resume as pleasing as possible to the average hiring manager by following some commonly accepted guidelines. This article will give you 7 resume writing hints to make your resume more attractive.

1. Begin your resume with a clear focus.
You want the hiring manager to quickly understand your profession and capabilities. One way to do this is to center the name of your profession under your name and street address, then follow up with a skills summary. You could also write an executive […]

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 […]

Resume Cover Letter

Resume cover letters are indispensable in your job search. Employers expect every resume to come with a matching cover letter. Like your resume, your cover letter should be an advertizement for you. It should not just be an introduction to your resume or a summary of your resume!

Today, cover letters are often e-mailed, so some of the rules you grew up with have changed. Others, such as basic courtesy, have withstood the test of time. This article will take you through the 8 steps to writing an excellent cover letter that will make you stand out from the crowd.

1. Read […]

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 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 […]

Using a Salary Calculator for Hourly and Annual Pay

Am I getting paid fairly?

After job hunting, submitting job applications, and interviewing you may be willing to accept any job offer that is presented to you. Depending on the current status of the job market, the competition in your specific industry, your professional experience, job skills, education or degrees; choosing the right career opportunity will often encompass the issue of financial compensation as part of your decision. Am I getting paid fairly? What are my other coworkers in my field earning and can I expect to earn the same pay?

If your industry or the current job market is highly competitive […]