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As someone who spends a lot of time writing resumes for clients, there are a few basic principles that I’ve learned over the years.

I tell clients all of the time that job-hunting is like fishing.  You can’t always guarantee that you’ll catch something, but there are a few things that you can do to consistently increase your chances of success.

There are some common mistakes that I’ve seen and a few simple adjustments can make a massive difference to your job-hunting efforts.

So, here are my 10 commandments of resumes… Read the rest of this entry »

Over the years, I have conducted many career workshops and have asked the question, “How many people here have their resume up-to-date?”

Generally, only about 10% of participants indicate that their resume is ready for action.

This has led me to wonder when the best time to update your resume is.

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As a professional resume writer, clients have brought thousands of resumes to me that are in desperate need of surgery.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that their resume is too long.  I’ve seen some resumes that stretch to 10 pages or more!

A general rule of thumb is to keep it to three pages or less.  Any more and you will often find your resume on the dreaded “no” pile.  Not on merit, but because recruiters just don’t have the time or inclination to wade through so much information.

So how can you keep your resume nice and brief while still putting your best foot forward?

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