Should I Include a Photo on My Resume?

Should I Include a Photo on My Resume?

Resumes & Cover Letters
When you initially constructed your resume, you probably came across a few templates that include a section for your photo. This may have led you to wonder yourself if your resume should include your head-shot. While this is common practice in Europe, you're likely better off not including a picture on  your resume. We'll break down a few of the key reasons for not doing so below. (more…)
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When to Add Self Taught Skills to Your Resume

When to Add Self Taught Skills to Your Resume

Resumes & Cover Letters
One of the best ways to pickup new skills and knowledge is on the job. However, the workplace isn't likely the only place you learn new things. You may have a passion you pursue outside of work which rewards you with valuable skills. Or perhaps you decided to sign up for an online course. Self taught skills are no less valuable than those learned on the job, as long as you can back them up. If these self taught skills align with a job you want, it's smart to include them on your resume. We'll help you integrate them into your resume in a natural way. We'll also discuss how to talk about about them during the hiring process. (more…)
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How To Showcase Soft Skills in Your Job Search

How To Showcase Soft Skills in Your Job Search

General Job Search Advice
Soft skills are a crucial component of every position. While they may not be listed in the job description, they are just as important as any technical skills. 'Hard working', 'strong communicator', 'organized', and all of those types of skills are important, sometimes enough so to be on a job description. Obviously as a candidate you want to indicate to your hiring manager that you have these skills, but how? In today's blog we'll describe how you can convey these in a way that is professional and tasteful. (more…)
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Link Roundup 8/4/17: Making Yourself A Marketable Candidate

Link Roundup 8/4/17: Making Yourself A Marketable Candidate

General Job Search Advice, Link Roundups
When it comes to searching for a job, how you market yourself is incredibly important. This is true across all of your job search 'spaces'- your cover letter, your resume, and your social media profiles (especially LinkedIn!). The way in which you present yourself on all of those places is crucial to your success. This week, we've gathered a few links that can help you accomplish just that. In addition, we've included some general advice and an update on the state of the job market.  (more…)
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Should My Resume Have a Skills Section?

Should My Resume Have a Skills Section?

General Job Search Advice, Resumes & Cover Letters
When it comes time to build a resume, there are a few questions you have to ask yourself. What font will I use? Will I list my experience by chronology or relevance? And of course, should I have a separate skills section? The answer is yes! However, if you'd like a more thorough answer than that, keep on reading to find out why it will help you.  (more…)
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When & Why to Use a Creative Resume

When & Why to Use a Creative Resume

Resumes & Cover Letters
Have you ever seen a resume that grabs your attention with a burst of color? Creative resumes are a great way to get noticed, however, you don't want the wrong kind of attention. Dressing up your resume with colors and graphics can be a smart move, but only in certain situations. You have to be careful, because you risk distracting from your qualifications and achievements. Today we'll be discussing when it is appropriate to use a more creative resume, and why you should (or shouldn't!).  (more…)
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Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired After an Internship

Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired After an Internship

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
Internships are fantastic opportunities to learn, grow, and network. It's a great way to get experience in your field, and build your skill set. However, many young professionals and recent grads approach internships for one reason- getting hired. Ironically, if this is all you are thinking about, it's not very likely for you to be brought on full time. It's very important to approach the internship in a certain way if you want to be considered to be hired. We'll discuss what the best mindset is along with some advice below. (more…)
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Why You Need a Job Search Plan

Why You Need a Job Search Plan

General Job Search Advice, Resources for Job Seekers
Once you've actually decided to sit down to start your job search, you may notice something. It's not easy to jump right in. It's very much like writer's block. For many writers, the first paragraph is the most challenging portion. Just like to many job seekers, the first step is the hardest to take. This is why it's incredibly important to have a job search plan. A well thought out plan can make it easier to dive in, and apply to the jobs that you truly want and have a shot at. We'll help you build the beginning of that plan in the paragraphs below.  (more…)
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Link Roundup 12/16/16: Employment & the Holiday Season

Link Roundup 12/16/16: Employment & the Holiday Season

Link Roundups, Resources for Job Seekers
It's the holiday season, and like it or not, that will impact your employment. If you're in the workforce, you're likely seeing fewer people in the office, and will also have to prepare for a large amount of work after an extended weekend. If you're in the search for a job, you may think the holidays are a bad time to search. For anyone in that camp, you may want to read our last link!  (more…)
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