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  • 5 Important Soft Skills
    by Robin Schlinger - September 13, 2017
    “Soft skills” are people skills—they are always in high demand at every level of an organization. You may demonstrate your soft skills at every stage of your job search, from the first time you revise or write your resume to the final interview. What soft skills are companies looking for? Communication. One way to show that you are a good communicator is to make sure that your resume looks and sounds p...
  • What Recruiters and Hiring Managers Are Talking About Now
    by Robin Schlinger - August 23, 2017
    One of my advantages as a professional resume writer and mentor for other writers is that I keep up with the latest in recruiting information and approaches. I share that information with my clients, so that they know what they need to do to make their resume stand out. What are recruiters and hiring managers talking about now? First, they are taking note of the surge in state laws prohibiting companies from asking about...
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Resume Isn't Working
    by Robin Schlinger - August 16, 2017
    You haven’t sent your resume out. Your resume can only start working for you when you actually send it to prospective employers. If you are trying to please multiple reviewers, anxious about every comma and period, or worried about presenting yourself correctly, you need the objective help of a professional resume writer. You don’t know what employers are looking for. Research the companies and positions yo...
  • Questions About Senior Level Resumes
    by Robin Schlinger - August 8, 2017
    Q. I’m applying for my first senior level (director) position. I want my resume to show that I’m ready for the challenge. How do I do that? A. Good for you for recognizing that your resume must match expectations for a senior level position. When you are listing your skills, make sure that you feature leadership, financial (profit and loss), strategy, and talent development skills. At this level, no one is inter...
  • What Your Resume Says About You
    by Robin Schlinger - July 31, 2017
    One of the most important things your resume can say about you—before anyone reads a word—is that you are a professional. How does the resume say that? It is formatted cleanly, with your name and content information clearly visible on top and with consistent alignment, font size, and bolding or italics. On closer inspection, it uses standard English spelling and grammar. Once hiring managers or recruiters begin...
  • The Worst Resume Advice
    by Robin Schlinger - June 30, 2017
    A couple of years ago, I wrote The 10 Worst Resume Suggestions You Ever Received. It is time to update that list with a few more examples of the world’s worst resume advice for job hunters. Do not say anything that sounds like bragging. Then hope that companies will be awed by your lack of success, progress, and confidence. Fill your resume with acronyms so that hiring managers and recruiters are struck dumb with a...
  • Resume Questions and Answers
    by Robin Schlinger - June 16, 2017
    Q. During my career as an executive secretary, I have worked in four companies in different industries but my job duties have remained pretty much the same, as has my title. I love what I do, but how can I show progress in my career as I look for my next position? A. When you are applying for an executive secretary position, the other candidates probably have skills, education, and responsibilities that are very similar to...
  • Keep Your Resume Positive
    by Robin Schlinger - June 6, 2017
    Your resume is a marketing document—it markets you. You want hiring managers and recruiters to come away from your resume feeling positive about you as a candidate and potential employee. Here are six ways you can help ensure that: Remove negative facts about your career path. Your future employee does not need to know that you had personality conflicts, problems meeting sales or other goals, a difficult boss, or...
  • Write Your Resume with Facts—Not Adjectives
    by Robin Schlinger - May 26, 2017
    Hyperbole is an exaggerated statement or claim. When you claim that you are a “world-champion” sales person or an “extraordinary” team player, you are engaged in hyperbole if you do not back those claims up with real statistics and results. Resumes that are heavy on adjectives, like “world-champion,” “state-of-the-art,” “exceptional” or “extraordinary,”...
  • The Value Proposition in Your Resume
    by Robin Schlinger - May 16, 2017
    Employers, hiring managers, and recruiters expect to find more than one candidate with the skills and education they are looking for. How can you stand out from a crowd of applicants with similar qualifications? Through your value proposition. Your value proposition embraces the unique details of your career and your individual approach to challenges and opportunities. Are you the strategist in an organization or the implem...