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How Do I Get a Management Job If I’ve Only Held Positions As An Individual Contributor?

A software developer was looking to move further into management but had no idea how to build a resume to support this transition. I told him about some of the things I’ve done in the past to help clients do just that…”

As luck would have it, I’m currently helping a developer transition into management — and he came to me because I helped his friend do the same thing (successfully) just a few months ago. Here’s what we did: Continue reading this entry »

top Career Transition, Mature Workers, Resumes |

How Do You Write The Perfect Resume?

Looking for feedback on my work, I sent the exact same resume to 2 trusted recruiters and got the following 2 gut reactions:

– “Great format but the writing could be more salesy.”
– “Compelling content but the format is bland.”

The take-home message: You can’t please everyone.

That said, you can still win interviews from hiring managers whose resume preferences differ from your own.

Just make sure you cover these “bases” within the first third of page one: Continue reading this entry »

top Recruiters & HR, Resumes |

How To Write A Resume If You Have No Experience

In my experience as a recruiter, career counselor, and professional resume writer, there’s no such thing as “no experience” — even for recent graduates and current students.

There’s plenty of other ways to fill space on a resume aside from listing paid work experience. Continue reading this entry »

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Why You Should Avoid Functional Resume Formats

An aggrieved job seeker, sick of hearing that functional resumes are the scourge of an HR person’s day, asked why this type of format is unfavorable. Here’s my response: Continue reading this entry »

top Career Transition, Executives, Job Hunting in a Recession, Mature Workers, Recent Graduates, Recruiters & HR, Resumes |

11 Ways Executive Resumes Differ From Other Resumes

Executive résumés should be distinguishable from lower-rung résumés, even at a glance. However the differences don’t stop at appearance. There’s much to consider when developing and positioning content for senior-level résumés. You may be surprised at how many “golden rules” of résumé writing I’m about to break. Continue reading this entry »

top Executives, Mature Workers, Resumes |