3 Bold Tips for a Job Search Breakthrough

Posted by Victoria Xiao

01:00 PM

It’s time to escape the Black Hole recruiting portal. Here are three surefire, innovative ways to grab your recruiter’s attention from the get-go. [TWEET]

Topics: Job Application, Cover Letter, Job Search Process, Stress and the Job Search, CareerAdvice

Five Tiny Resume Flaws You Can't Afford to Make

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:00 PM

These often overlooked mistakes will make you seem careless. [TWEET]

By Kaysie Garza


Even though the words “detail-oriented” have no business appearing on your resume, you should still be able to demonstrate it through quantifiable accomplishments and examples.

If you’re a seasoned resume tweaker, you know how to spin duties as otherworldly achievements. You even know how to elaborate on your transferable skills in a way that doesn’t resemble an antique auction (Fast learner! Team player! Sold!).

Yet, even with all your real-life expertise and resume knowhow, you may be saying more about your true work habits without using many words at all. How is this possible? It’s all in the details, of course. 

Topics: Job Application, Resume

What Gets Your Resume to the Hiring Manager?

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:48 PM

Beat the ATS by tweaking your resume with these simple tips. [TWEET]

By Ryan Winner


Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to sort through resumes and streamline their hiring process. These systems scan resumes for keywords that are inputted into for specific hiring positions. Then, resumes are scored on a scale of 0 to 100 for relevance. Only the resumes with the highest scores are passed on to recruiters. 

The main takeaway from this information is that the right choice of keywords will ultimately be the deciding factor on whether you advance in the job searching process.

Here are a few tips on how you can tweak your resume so that it reaches the hiring manager. 

Topics: Job Application, Resume, Stress and the Job Search

Powerful Phrases That Will Transform Your Resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:21 PM

Optimize your resume with words that will showcase your true value to recruiters. [TWEET]

By Jung Viera


Here’s the harsh truth: the average recruiter spends less than six seconds scanning a resume before making an initial decision on a candidate.

If you want to capture employers’ attention, you’ll need a well-written and well-organized document that clearly illustrates your qualifications. Not only is it imperative you have the desired experience and skillset, but you also need precise terminology to properly showcase your experience and skills.

Need help deciding which words or phrases should and should not be included on your resume? Check out this guide below:

Topics: Job Application, Resume, CareerAdvice

6 Amazing Tools to Create Perfect Digital Resumes and Portfolios

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Create game-changing job application documents with these 6 digital profile tools. [TWEET]

By Robert Morris


With so much competition for job placement these days, the need to stand out has never been more prevalent. A resume and cover letter simply aren’t enough. Fortunately for the job seeker, the hunt for a good career can be simplified with the abundance of digital resume and portfolio platforms at our disposal.

Topics: Job Application, Resume

9 Resume-Building Tools to Update Your Resume in a Snap

Posted by Herrine Ro

04:17 PM

Employers only spend about 6 seconds looking at each resume. So how do you make a lasting impression? [TWEET]

10_Resume-_Building_Tools_1The first thing recruiters see when they evaluate candidacy is your resume. On just one sheet of paper you have to fit what you’re all about, and more importantly, why they should pick you.

At TheLadders, we know how difficult this is and dug up some of the most useful tools on the Internet that will not only provide inspiration, but also help you construct or update your resume effortlessly.

Topics: Job Application, Resume, Motivation and Inspiration

9 tips for getting the referrals you want

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:09 PM

Need help getting the right references for your dream job? Try these tips. [TWEET]

By Michelle Kruse

At one time or another, we’ve all been asked to provide a list of references when seeking employment. This request is typically accompanied by a few guidelines such as the number requested (three is standard) and who they don’t want you to list (most notably relatives). If you have an active short-list of people who can vouch for your strengths and accreditations, this is an easy task. But what if you don’t have such a list prepared?


Topics: Networking, Personal Branding, Job Application, Job Search Process

7 little changes that'll make a big difference with your resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:00 AM

Wondering how to get recruiters to notice your application? We're sharing the seven secrets to a more powerful resume. [TWEET]

By Elizabeth Becker 

Like it or not, your application to your dream job isn’t going straight to the person hiring for the role. Instead, it has to pass through a gatekeeper—typically someone in HR—who is responsible for vetting resumes before passing them along to the very busy hiring manager. This is the speed-dating round: You have only a few seconds to make a good impression or risk getting tossed into the reject pile.

If you do make a good impression, a hiring manager will look at your resume like they might an online dating profile. They know exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate, and a few misused words on your profile (or resume) could cost you your chance at the position. Even though you liked the company enough to send the first message, you’ll receive the dreaded “thanks, but no thanks” email in return that will have you wondering where you went wrong.

So how does your resume attract enough attention to get invited on a first date, i.e. interview? Here are seven little changes that will make a big difference on your resume.

Topics: Job Application, Resume

Are you the reason you're not finding jobs?

Posted by Shawn Hampton

11:00 AM

3 ways you're sabotaging your own job search. [TWEET]


You’ve got your resume together, your cover letter polished, references locked and loaded. You’ve been scouring the job boards for hours, days, weeks, maybe even months – and still haven’t found the right fit. If this is your reality, perhaps it’s time to consider it might be you. Here are three common mistakes that could be the reason the perfect job has yet to come your way.

Topics: Job Application, Job Search Process

It's not you, it's your resume.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

If you're like most people, you have a resume that includes something like this:
Hired as Director, Tri-State Area
Responsible for a budget of $1.2 million
Managed staff of 5 in our downtown office

Your details may be grander, or your career may be at an earlier stage, but lots and lots of people have this style of information presentation on their resume. 

Can you spot the error? 

These resume bullet points simply describe what you did. They don't tell your future boss how good you are at doing the job. 

It's obvious... If you've got a job... and you work in an office... in the year 2015... 

Three things happened:
- You were hired for that job
- You had some monetary resources to manage
- You had people working for or with you

Seriously, you haven't told the employer or your future boss anything with those three bullet points. 

So here are two simple tips. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Resume