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Resume Facelift: How to Avoid Aging Yourself on Paper

By Cathy Francois
Contributor, Career Services

I believe that tenured professionals have a lot to offer employers, and many hiring managers appreciate the experience and knowledge that “seasoned” professionals bring. However, let’s face it: we live in a culture that values youthfulness – as shown by our billion dollar beauty industry. Given that there are laws to protect workers age 40 and older against age discrimination, I think job seekers owe it to themselves to keep age off of their resume and avoid unintentionally aging themselves.

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Making Your Job Search “Pinteresting”

By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Services

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent hours on Pinterest searching for recipes that you never make, crafts you never start, and workouts that you never, ever intended to complete in the first place. While Pinterest allows us to ignite creativity in our personal lives, it can also help us in our professional lives! Below are just a few ideas on using Pinterest to benefit your career:

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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: A Lesson in Resume Writing

By Cathy Francois
Contributor, Career Services

Besides spell checking and proofreading to eliminate errors, be sure to supply evidence or examples in your resume to back up the skills or attributes you claim to have. It’s not enough to just state that you’re an “organized, committed, hard-working employee with effective communications skills” if the reader can’t see it in action. Provide examples that bring your resume to life.

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Everyone Wants to Be the Boss

By Rowe Leathers Contributor, Career Services As a career coach I am often asked to review resumes targeted for management positions, and it becomes my unfortunate duty to advise them that they have not listed any previous management experience or leadership roles that would qualify them. The question that always comes back to me is, “So, how do I get qualified?”

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Jack of All Trades, Master of None

By Rowe Leathers Contributor, Career Services What does your resume say about you? Does your resume tell the reader your occupation? Is it a progression of your career or it just a list of jobs that you have held? Does it convey your strengths and abilities? More often than I care to remember, I have looked at a resume and not known what the person is offering as an employee. I can tell you that they are dependable, hard-working, driven and motivated, but nothing more.

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A Realist’s Guide to Job Searching, Part II

By Kristen Pearson Contributor, Career Services In my last post I discussed the need to be realistic about career planning, knowing what education and experience is needed to obtain that dream position. In this post, I will discuss the realistic steps one needs to take while applying to those positions.

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Reflections on the Summary of Qualifications-Objective Debate

By Kristen Carter Contributor, Career Services The age-old question when it comes to resume writing is whether to use an objective statement or an executive summary. In the past, no resume was complete unless an objective was included at the top of the document. As times change, resume practices are also updated.

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Marketing Hard and Soft Skills in Your Resume

By Kristen Carter Contributor, Career Services Your resume should be a promotional brochure about you, reflecting to potential employers the self-confidence you possess in your skills and abilities. While summarizing your work history is important, it is essential to outline your skills and emphasize traits you possess that qualify you for the position at hand.

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