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How To Fix The Worst Resume Problems

There are certain items that will get a resume pitched in the trashcan immediately, but every one of them is fixable. You have a lot of latitude in writing your resume today. It’s a branding document. It isn’t a legal or government document, and there’s no reason for your resume to sound like one.
Here are the ten worst resume problems and how to fix them.

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Four Common Mistakes That Could Land Your Resume in the Reject Pile

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Eric Duncan

What information should you include in your résumé? It’s a simple question with a straightforward answer: contact information, an opening statement, certifications and awards, skills, work experience and education. But in today’s job market, the more pressing question is: What should you leave out? Not only will asking and answering this question help you sharpen your résumé, it could be the difference between getting filed in the reject pile and landing an interview.

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How To Stay Organized In Your Job Search

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Jeff Grow

A job search can sometimes feel like a full time job in itself. The applications, interviews, presentations, resumes and cover letters--it can be daunting! Because of this, it's easy to become overwhelmed by it all, but it’s vital that you stay on top of all of your applications to avoid missing out on key opportunities.

With that in mind, here are our top tips for staying organized during your job search.

Create A Spreadsheet

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Ways to Address the Work Gap in Your Resume

Are you looking for a job but worried about a gap in your work history? Having a gap on your resume makes little difference in obtaining an interview. What matters more is how you explain a gap. This is especially true for the stay-at-home moms and dads who take time off from their careers to raise children, as most are worried about how that gap will be perceived by recruiters and hiring managers.

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45 Quick Changes To Help Your Resume Get Noticed

Taking a couple hours to really clean up your resume is worth doing before you start a job search, or even just once a year as a tune-up. But sometimes you just have a few minutes, and you want to spend them giving your resume a quick polishing-up. This list of resume updates only takes a few minutes, but that can make your resume shine.

IF YOU HAVE 2 MINUTES

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10 Surprising Job Interview Tips

Blog Author 
Eric Duncan

Your resume landed you an interview and now it’s time to seal the deal. So what’s the best way to prepare?

Below you’ll find the 10 best tips to help before, during and after your interview.

BEFORE

1.    Research the Company Before the Interview

In today’s world, content is king. Goldman Sachs publishes quarterly reports, Microsoft records its earning calls, and every startup has a blog.

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Portland Start-ups Play Musical Chairs, Making Space For One Another As They Grow

As Portland tech business grow they're swapping offices and sharing spaces, playing a game of musical chairs in reverse -- making room for one another as they grow.

Oregon's startup community, tiny relative to those in Washington and California, is also unusually chummy. Businesses rarely compete head-to-head, except for employees, so office swapping and office sharing are one way entrepreneurs try to grow the whole ecosystem.

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How Long Should a Cover Letter Be?

Would hiring managers be happier with a shorter cover letter, that’s more direct and to the point?

Different hiring managers have different preferences. Most prefer about a page, but you’ll also find managers who prefer something shorter (although I think these tend to be ones who don’t place a major emphasis on the cover letter at all). Few if any would tell you that they prefer more than a page.

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