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Cockroach resumes, paper resumes, and carpet bombing

An 18 inch cockroach is the best resume I’ve seen. A friend of mine was applying for a job as a programmer of railroad simulators. He knew that many programmers could do the technical part. He also knew that the artistic part was just as important. Drawing is difficult, but sculpture is even tougher. He […]

Resume blasting

Should you put your resume out on one internet job board? On 50? It really could get you a job. But there’s a down side too. Consider:

Your boss calls you into his office and closes the door. “Two days ago you posted your resume on an internet job board. Why are you quitting?” Are […]

3 places you may accidentally hide critical stuff in your resume

Your resume has spots that no professional resume reader ever looks at: the objective, the summary, and big block paragraphs. It is just a fact, no one reads them.

You may have hidden critical stuff in your resume the way my son once hid himself. In a game my son hid from our family right […]

A list of Sexy Verbs that make a resume attractive

Boring means not read. Not read means no job. A sexy resume gets attention.

What does the person who gets your resume want to see?

Don’t tell him what you are “Responsible for.” That means you are overhead. No initiative. You didn’t cause anything to happen. You just slowed things down and kept the people […]

Who lies on their resume and what they say

I am always fascinated to see someone blatantly lie on their resume. It is damaging on all kinds of levels. I am not talking about mistakes, I am talking about flat-out lies.

In case you were wondering, the top five industries for lying on resumes are:

Leisure and Hospitality (hotels and recreation) Financial Services Information […]

Job hunt tips for older (no, for all) professionals

Your age can be a problem. It can also be an asset when job hunting. Whether you are in accounting, computers, or engineering, age discrimination exists. You can also use your age to your advantage.

Do you remember Ronald Reagan saying that he wouldn’t use his opponents youth and inexperience as a political tool? (here […]

9 ways to get hired in a highly technical job

Getting noticed and hired in a new job as a Tax Partner, Audit Manager, Hadoop DBA, Android Programmer, or SEC Compliance Manager can be tricky. You may hear how hot your field is, but you just can’t seem to get noticed.

Here are 9 things that may help. Make sure and go past the first […]

Fixing your career and job search: As intense as possible is more

The harder I work on me, the better my life gets. But I can only improve a little each day. So I focus intensely on one or two things that I want to be better at. That makes my career much better with the least effort for the reward. It also improves your job search.

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Like your job search, even lasers have to focus

Careers and lasers are not naturally focused. Your career focus will determine whether you have the career you want, or the one that is most convenient for your boss and coworkers.

Lasers, by nature, are also unfocused. A common misconception is that the light comes out of a laser in a tight beam. It does […]

What a laser like focus means in your job search (part 1)

Your job search and resume have to have a laser-like focus. But what does that really mean?

Light waves first marched in step half a century ago. The laser was born. A 10 watt laser will burn you from a mile away. A 100 watt light bulb will only burn you if you touch it.

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