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

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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

8 Essential Tips for Writing Your Resume

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02:00 PM

Sell your hard skills effectively with these resume writing tips. [TWEET]

By Andy Preisler

How much time does a recruiter spend reviewing a potential hire? 60 seconds? 30 seconds? 10 seconds?

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Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of job seekers are granted even less. On average, employers only spend about six seconds reviewing a resume before making the initial decision on a candidate. So what’s the key to securing an interview? Having a well-written, compelling resume.

Topics: Resume, Job Search Process

5 Free Resume Tools Every Job Seeker Should Know About

Posted by Herrine Ro

02:00 PM

Use these free resources to create outstanding resumes and develop your personal brand. [TWEET]

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Perhaps you haven’t updated your resume or cover letter in a while. You may be unsure of which experiences and skills should be highlighted and which should be omitted. You might also be unaware of some of the resume rules and media trends that will put you in the best position for success.

A stellar resume, cover letter, and list of references are crucial to finding a job, but not enough to really set you apart in a highly competitive market. This is why a solid personal branding strategy is so integral to getting your foot in the door, and hopefully into the interview rooms, of your target companies.

Topics: Personal Branding, Resume, Professional Development

5 tips to create an effective resume

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12:00 PM

Your resume structure matters, so follow these tips -- don't burden your potential employer with a jumbled list of your work history! [TWEET]

By Cari Bennette

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Writing a resume involves more than simply listing job experiences and education. It must be a clear representation of you as a professional: including your skillset, qualifications and career goals.

Topics: Resume

Simple Microsoft Word tricks to improve your resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Start your job search on the right foot with a clean, easy-to-read resume. Here’s how to make it. [TWEET]

By Asante Jarvis

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Everyone knows that a strong resume can propel you ahead of the competition. However, even if you have the proper qualifications, arranging your information in a neat, organized format is still important. The clearer and more concise your resume, the better. Optimizing your resume to ensure cohesiveness is a necessary step if you want employers to actually read it and consider you for the position.

Topics: Resume

How to write the perfect resume to make a career change

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:32 AM

Considering a career change? Here's how to rewrite your resume to make the switch. [TWEET]

Writing a resume can be an intimidating undertaking, and this is especially true if you’re planning to change careers or industries. If you’re interested in making a career transition, a resume revamp is imperative. 

I shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for someone making a career change. Here are the main takeaways:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume, Changing Careers

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

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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 

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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

16 things you should remove from your resume

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:47 AM

Quit distracting recruiters with these unnecessary items today. [TWEET]

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An eye-tracking study by TheLadders found that the average recruiter spends only six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. When you only have six seconds to make the right impression, you have to make every word on your resume count.

Below I’ve compiled a list of 16 items you can remove from your resume right away that will help your job application avoid the hiring manager’s trash pile.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

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