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Stop Applying to Jobs Online and Other Career Advice

I love to get good questions from readers and share my answers in a post. Here’s one that addresses a few important issues: Hi Allison, I just read one of your articles on Forbes about how to job search on LinkedIn. I’m a twenty-something currently looking for an entry level job in NYC in the TV business. I’ve had three interviews in 4 weeks but no offers. Responding to job ads feels like sending my cover letter/resume into a black hole (and it’s depressing).…

Summarize, summarize, summarize

One of the things that drives me crazy about resumes–and I look at a lot of them–is when people don’t put a Summary on the top of their resume. A Summary accomplishes two things: It guides the reader so they fully understand a) what you know how to do, and b) what you would like to do with your unique blend of accomplishments. This is not brain surgery, but it does require the author to do the work of reflecting and then articulating what those two items are.…

Edit Thyself

I have a new client who sought me out to help her package her information for a position she’s very excited about. She is a highly accomplished non-profit professional with 25 years of experience, and has an extremely impressive resume. But damn is it long. This is possibly the most common question I get from people: how long should my resume be? The truth is, there are really no clear rules today, especially since many resumes are posted online, and there are no real criteria for those.…

Making Your Resume Squeaky Clean

Today I was interviewing a search consultant for a project I’m doing: a series of interviews about the current hiring climate in various sectors, for the career management website BlueSteps.com. We were talking about a common acquaintance who recently took a very senior job. It turns out that this particular search consultant had been considering this candidate for another very senior job, and at the very last minute the company withdrew their offer.…

Resumes and the Education Dilemma

I frequently see resumes that lack specific educational data. Some people state the institution and type of degree without the date of graduation–a sign they think they’re old. Others list the institution without the type of degree–a red flag since it looks like they didn’t graduate. And maybe they didn’t. Being old or failing to graduate are not things you can really hide. They are simply facts about you, and the clearer you are on your resume, the fewer questions you’ll have to answer later, assuming you get the chance.…