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By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth
Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University

If your resume looks the same for each job application, stop it.

Make sure you research each job you apply for and rewrite your resume and cover letter for each job after a thorough study of the company or organization’s job site. This approach increases your chances of getting and interview, the first step in landing the job.

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Should We Really Despise Objective Statements?

By Jaymie Pompeo
Contributor, Career Services

Most career advice nowadays will imply that putting an objective statement on your resume is a cardinal sin. For the longest time, even I jumped the bandwagon and preached the sermon on “thou shalt not use an objective statement.” Let’s be honest – when used, objectives tend to focus on the job seeker’s personal satisfaction versus what really should be promoted: how he or she fits the needs of the current opportunity. It’s no wonder they have such a bad reputation.

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Make Yourself a Purple Squirrel: The Perfect Match for the Job

By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Services

Haven’t heard the expression? It’s ok; I hadn’t either, until recently. “Purple squirrel” is a term for a job candidate who has the exact education, experience, and qualifications needed for a particular position. It means that you have the ability to step into a position and immediately perform your job responsibilities. The exact origin of the term is unknown, but it has been widely used by hiring managers and recruiters since at least the late 90’s. Why a purple squirrel? Because the chances of finding someone with the exact qualifications that you are seeking are as rare as a real-life purple squirrel. So, what are you to do?

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How to Write a Compelling Profile Statement

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

You're ready to apply for a job. You possess all of the required skills and qualifications, and you’re sure that you are the best candidate for the position. You’ve polished up your resume, but you’re still a bit hesitant to submit it. What if the employer scans over some of your qualifications? If only there was a way to immediately highlight who you are as a professional and why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Fortunately, there is, and it’s called a profile statement.

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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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