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Resume Writing Terms

Having a well-written resume is vital in any job market. It can make the difference between getting an interview or not. With so much competition for openings, you need a resume that sets you apart from the other candidates. Below are some terms that can help you achieve that goal. Reverse Chronological Resume – Outlines a person’s job history, starting from the current or latest position and working backwards. The flaw in this type is that it is easy to [...]

Two More Job Search Frustrations

This week, I’ll address two common job-search frustrations found in the hundreds of emails I’ve received this year from people across America Do either of these apply to you? Frustration #1: There just aren’t enough jobs out there to apply for. Solution: Let’s analyze this one… When I speak to job hunters, in seminars, by phone, or via email, I ask the same question: “How are you looking for jobs?” Almost invariably, the answer is: “I look online or in the paper.” So the [...]

What to say when giving a hiring manager my resume?

Q: Okay, I applied online at this store but I’m going to turn in my resume tomorrow morning. What should I say to the hiring manager when I take my resume and CV in? Should I ask for an interview or just give it to her and leave? A: This is a great opportunity to do for a walk-talking interview without setting a proper interview time with HR. And that may lead to a fast job offer than the other [...]

The Professional Experience Section: Tell me more about that…..

Your resume (or CV) can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here’s how to achieve the former with your resume. First, focus on the structure. An ideal structure consists of Name and Contact Information, Career Summary, Computer Skills, Professional Experience, Education. Then, consider the length. For entry-level purchasing positions, a one-page resume is appropriate. However, “If you have more than five to seven years of experience, then you want to have a two-page resume,” according [...]

Subtle Ways to Tell Your Story in Your Resume

A frequent theme of our blogs is limiting your resume to information that’s truly relevant to the position for which you’re applying. You should feel free to leave off your high school job serving fast food or your college job working retail if you have years of subsequent work experience. Also, listing only the achievements from your previous jobs can actually omit an important component of your career: your personal story. Many of the clients I work with [...]

The iPhone Gone Bad in Japan

I was flying to Southeast Asia last spring for a long holiday and a cheap getaway. I really needed it. I didn’t really plan the layover as I barely look over my itinerary as a standard practice to make it more exciting. I do that on purpose; it’s more invigorating that way. So I had my layover in Japan, processed threw the international customs and had nowhere to stay the night. Visa in hand, I [...]

Getting Keen Career Advancements, Sideways

I have a great friend, a friend of over 10 years, who just got hired in a major multinational corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota and Minneapolis, proper. It took a few years to get where he is. It’s a better business card by far and the perfect job title than he had even 4 years ago in Anoka. (I must change names to keep things matter of fact, but let’s call him Peter.) Peter [...]

Human Resource Departments Mimic Vicious Ant Colonies

Dear Job Hunter, I need to confess to you, I have felt this way for years, HR Departments really function as an ant colony, as a vicious killer ant colony. The bad ones from Africa I’ve seen on NatGeo. What do I mean? Human Resources and their supporting staff eat their own, devour wooing applicants up and, will step all over other staff members in other departments in the organization. I’ll begin this mental journey, [...]

Agribusiness Intern opportunity at Padilla, Minneapolis

Padilla Speer Beardsley is looking for a full-time public relations intern to work on a wide variety of projects with our agribusiness and environmental science team. We are looking for recent grads who are available to start immediately. This is a paid, three-month internship. Responsibilities may include: Writing news, product and personnel releases. Providing research. Supporting onsite events. Coordinating vendors. Creating and editing media lists. Making media-verification calls. Organizing clips. Tracking incoming trade publications. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and media relations experience, as well as one or two [...]

Can I put that I’m good at criticizing films on a resume?

(I know that it sounds silly, but it is a skill that a lot of people don’t have. I’m fresh out of high school and have no experience so don’t be answering that it goes in experience. I’m also good at explaining why movies are good or bad. I can go into deep analyses and I’m able to write well.) A: I feel that you can put this on your CV or your resume. Why do I say that? [...]

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