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The following articles can help you perform your job search with the proper mindset and attitude. Click on the Read more hyperlink, in order to view the entire article.

"Front Load" Accomplishments on your Resume

Career Coach Alex Freund likens a Recruiter looking for a winning résumé to a person searching for a unique sweater in a department store.

“A lot goes into making a sweater,” says Freund, who gave a presentation on résumé tips recently at The Trinity Church in Princeton.

Someone has to design and sew the garment. The company has to ship the sweater to the store, which has to market it. All that has to happen before you even walk into the shop, he explained.

10 Words and Terms that Ruin a Resume

By Charles Purdy, Monster Senior Editor

Your resume needs an update -- that is, if your resume is like that of most people, it’s not as good as it could be. The problem is language: Most resumes are a thicket of deadwood words and phrases -- empty cliches, annoying jargon and recycled buzzwords. Recruiters, HR folks and hiring managers see these terms over and over again, and it makes them sad.

5 Mistakes Job Seekers Make on Their Resume

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
March 3, 2015

I’m sitting in front of my computer trying to think of a new way to say the same things I’ve already said a million times.

I think I’m beginning to feel border line preachy with my resume and cover letter advice.

But I also feel a duty to share with job seekers the blunders and mistakes they make that prohibit them from getting the interview and ultimately the offer.

7 Ways to Reinforce your Brand on your Resume

by Cheryl Simpson on January 13, 2014

In a crowded labor market, how can you make your candidacy stand out? In short, by being yourself. The more you can make your resume uniquely reflective of your talents, gifts, and experiences, the more it will reflect “Brand You.”

Just in time for the 2014 hiring season, here are 10 ways you can reinforce your brand on your resume:

1. Use A Keyword-Driven Title

A Top Career Coach Reveals her Favorite Resume Strategies

For more than 20 years, "Résumé Magic" author Susan Britton Whitcomb has helped thousands of people better manage their job hunts and careers. The job market has changed substantially during this time, but what hasn't changed are many of the obstacles job seekers struggle to overcome in their quest for employment. For example, one of the most common weaknesses people have in the job search is a lack of understanding about how to write a résumé that succinctly tells employers what they can do that other candidates can't.

Finally a Straight Answer about How Long a Resumes should be

Many of us are confused by conflicting advice on how to write a resume. The most glaring disagreement is how long a resume should be. You met with a career coach and he or she tells you one thing. A recruiter tells you something else. The workforce center asks you to change it again. Before I suggest the number of pages that your resume should be, remember the most important rule of all: Your resume is an advertisement and the resume should effectively sell your skills, experience and abilities for that job.

Get your Resume Past Applicant Tracking Systems

By Vivian Giang

When you apply for a job at a larger firm, there's a high chance that your resume will be scanned by a filtering software for words related to certain job vacancies. This kind of automation process will also reject your resume if it doesn't "meet traditional, business-dictated document formatting," writes Rick Gillis in his book

Here are some formatting rules that Gillis says job seekers should follow to create a filtering software-friendly resume:

Resume Screening

JANUARY 24, 2012

Your Résumé vs. Oblivion

Inundated Companies Resort to Software to Sift Job Applications for Right Skills

By LAUREN WEBER

Many job seekers have long suspected their online employment applications disappear into a black hole, never to be seen again. Their fears may not be far off the mark, as more companies rely on technology to winnow out less-qualified candidates.

The Best and Worst Words on a Resume

Do you consider yourself a hard worker? A real go-getter? Someone who likes to think outside of the box? Then you’re just the type of person who needs to review their résumé ASAP.

A recent CareerBuilder survey found there are some words hiring managers and human resources pros just don’t want to see on your résumé. And if you’ve called yourself a go-to person, a team player or a strategic thinker, you’ll need to make a few changes before you send your résumé to anyone else.

The Business Card Resume

"Have you heard about a 'mini-resume' that fits on a personal business card?" one of my readers asked. "I was wondering about your opinion on these resume cards. Part of me says it's a good thing, another part not so much."

The first time you hear about a business card resume, it can sound like a gimmick, and you should know better than to waste valuable job search time pursuing gimmicks. That said, business cards are an accepted sales tool the world over, and for a job hunter they're so much less intrusive than carrying around a wad of resumes under your arm.

The Most Important Part of Your Resume

by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

July 15, 2014

What’s the most important part of your resume? I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. In fact, I was speaking with an executive-level employer the other day (who regularly reviews resumes), and he commented about how quickly he can scan through a stack of resumes and choose the candidates he plans to call.

Words that Hurt; Ten OVERUSED Terms to Remove from Resume

By Robert Half International

There are certain résumé words and phrases that have become so ubiquitous they do little more than induce yawns and eye rolls from hiring managers. Employers are so accustomed to hearing from "team players" and "problem solvers," for example, that those descriptions are now essentially meaningless. To distinguish yourself from your competitors, you'll need to cut the clichés – or at least expand upon them with concrete details that back up your claims.