How Many Copies of My Resume Should I Bring to a Job Interview?

How Many Copies of My Resume Should I Bring to a Job Interview?

Acing the Interview, Resumes & Cover Letters
It goes without saying that if you're going to a job interview, you should bring a few copies of your resume. This raises the question though, how many? You don't want to seem wasteful and bring too many. You also don't want to have too few if a hiring manager needs a copy. Figuring out the right number of copies isn't quite as important as doing research on the company. However, not having enough copies to hand out in a job interview can lose you some points. Today we'll outline how you can gauge what the magic number of copies will be. (more…)
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Should I Have My LinkedIn Profile On My Resume?

Should I Have My LinkedIn Profile On My Resume?

General Job Search Advice, Resumes & Cover Letters
When LinkedIn launched back in 2003, nobody knew what it was. It took some time for it to become the 500 million user powerhouse it is today. It has become such a powerful resource, most professionals consider it integral to their job search. Having an up to date profile on LinkedIn is practically a requirement for a successful job search. This has probably led you to consider, should I include my LinkedIn profile on my resume? Today, we're here to answer that question for you.  (more…)
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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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Should I Include ‘References Available Upon Request’ On My Resume?

Should I Include ‘References Available Upon Request’ On My Resume?

Resumes & Cover Letters
'References available upon request' shows up on probably 50% of the resumes we see in our office. The phrase is certainly popular, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's right to use. It's easy to fall into the consensus trap and think a practice is right just because it is widespread. We'll look beyond the psychology, and discuss why it may make sense to leave the phrase off of your resume. (more…)
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5 Helpful Resume Formatting Tips

5 Helpful Resume Formatting Tips

Resumes & Cover Letters
In a previous blog we discussed how you can optimize your resume, and today we're going back to basics and talking about formatting. How you format your resume influences your chances to move forward in the hiring process. If you make it easy for a hiring manager to understand, they are more likely to bring you in! Today we'll be discussing a few easy and simple formatting choices you can make to help your chances. (more…)
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Should I Include References On My Resume?

Should I Include References On My Resume?

Resumes & Cover Letters
Are you considering including references on your resume? If so we can help you decide if it's a smart step for you to take. You may decide to include them thinking that it  will show the hiring manager that you are confident in your qualifications, and what those references will say about you. However, including references on a resume is an outdated practice in the current job market. There are many reasons why you shouldn't include them, and a few select times when you should. We'll discuss both in today's blog, so read on below to find out the reasons for both approaches. (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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Tips for Proofreading Your Resume

Tips for Proofreading Your Resume

Resumes & Cover Letters
Your resume ultimately serves as the determining factor that either moves you forward in the hiring process, or leaves you behind. For this reason, it's astonishing that some candidates don't proofread their resumes prior to sending them. Since a resume is so important, it's smart to give it a proper read over. While proofreading certainly isn't fun, one small grammar mistake could wind up costing you the job. Something so trivial shouldn't cost you the job. To help, we'll be discussing proofreading tips when working on a resume. (more…)
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