Career killing shortcuts

Choose your direction carefully.

The modern age has been characterized by a Promethean spirit, a restless energy that preys on speed records and shortcuts, unmindful of the past, uncaring of the future, existing only for the moment and the quick fix. (Jeremy Rifkin)

Lufkin is the premiere maker […]

He ignored $100,000,000 to get a new job – it’s magic

Resume magic may get you a job.

I turned a $100,000,000 food scientist into a Java programmer. Seriously, I did. I used resume magic to give him a career change.

It wasn’t as easy as it sounds. He was proud of his PhD, and that was hurting him. He had to stop emphasizing the […]

The best resume focusing exercise in the world

This exercise is to keep you from using the following idea in your resume: “If you can’t beguile them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls**t.” […]

Liars, how we catch them

On a call with a candidate I am told, “I was fired from my last job for lying on my resume. I put down that I had completed my degree when I was 6 credit hours short. They caught it 6 months after they hired me. Now what do I do?”

We catch amazingly […]

Resume rewrite – changing fields with old experience

Rewriting a resume so that it gets results, instead of getting deleted, is an art. Here is a 15 minute video of taking a resume for someone changing fields, with ancient experience, and a good attitude, and making the resume into an attention grabber with no visual negatives.

It ends a little abruptly, but all […]

5 Weeks – How to find a job in 5 weeks

One guy is out of work for less than a month, and he gets a job offer with a raise. It takes 6 months to get a job for the guy who sat next to him. This poor guy was doing exactly the same job, got better performance ratings, and would get rehired first if the job was re-opened. […]

Get a job by being like the guy who invented running

Experts are hired quickly. They rarely look for a job very long. An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions. You can become an expert, just like Jim Fixx.

The guy who invented running died

Runners were either late to an interview or just weird before Jim Fixx.

Jim […]

The 2 critical resume tests – do them yourself

Testing your resume

Your resume has to be good enough in a blind test to get past the trash can.

Getting past the trash can

When is your resume being thrown away? In my last post I gave the 4 major trashing points in your resume’s life.

You have two ways to break […]

When is your resume being thrown away?

You have to know when your resume is being thrown away to fix its problems. There is a timing pattern you must understand. You have to break through your resume’s stumbling block in the following pattern to get hired:

Your resume arrives along with 100 others. The secretary trashes 80 after a 10 second review […]

The best way to hide real problems on your resume

If you’re afraid to let someone else see your weakness, take heart: Nobody’s perfect. Besides, your attempts to hide your flaws don’t work as well as you think they do. (Morgenstern)

Hiding real problems

The trick to hiding things on your resume is the same one that stars use to hide flaws. For instance, what […]