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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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Newspapers sell (like your resume should)  

Is your resume as interesting as this movie summary?

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets and then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again. (Marin County’s newspaper listing for The Wizard of Oz)

Headlines sell newspapers. Short, bold, snappy paragraphs suck you in. Then advertisers [...]

Resumes, prayers, and hymnbooks

Your resume must be set up for maximum impact to get you an interview. To be chosen, you first must be seen, read, and understood.

You haven’t got a prayer of having your resume read unless you remember a hymnbook.

A resume should be created with a hymnbook in mind. A hymnbook is created so [...]

What if you are getting NO response to your resume? 6 fixes

If they can’t see you, you aren’t there. If they can’t take their eyes off you, there’s no competition.

What is the difference between these three scenarios?

You send out 100 resumes in an hour and get no response. You spend two days deciding who to send resumes to, send out 3 resumes, and [...]

Resumes and levers and elephant guns

Want a job interview with a great company? Find a lever.

Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the world. (Archimedes)

Or a big gun

In the old Tarzan movies a “great white hunter” is walking through the African plains followed by a couple of trusty gun bearers. Suddenly, [...]