achievements

Does Your Resume #Fail

The crowd was great at the most recent Cleared Job Fair Resume Reviews. Patient, positive, networking while waiting. And most even followed the written instructions. So I saw a lot of resumes full of editing done while waiting. All good.

But the most common problems remain just that.

#1: A resume full of job descriptions but […]

By |February 12th, 2014|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Does Your Resume #Fail
  • resume-objective
    Permalink Gallery

    Your Resume Needs a Short, Relevant Summary, Not an Objective

Your Resume Needs a Short, Relevant Summary, Not an Objective

Every time I review resumes at Cleared Job Fairs, I see a lot of resumes with professional summaries and objectives and skills lists that take up most of page one. Don’t be this self-focused! A resume needs to show how you can help the potential employer now!

You need a meaty but short summary on your resume. […]

By |September 25th, 2013|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Your Resume Needs a Short, Relevant Summary, Not an Objective

Job Search Lessons from May’s Military Holidays

May is the month we recognize and remember several aspects of our military:

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a recent recognition of their support.
Armed Forces Day recognizes those currently in service.
Memorial Day recognizes those who died in war.

Memorial Day began as women, individually and in clubs, decorated the graves of Civil War soldiers with flowers. It became formalized, […]

By |May 10th, 2013|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Job Search Lessons from May’s Military Holidays

Turn Military Experience Into Resume Achievements

In this video Patra talks more about the need for having achievements on your resume, and not just responsibilities, whether you’re transitioning military or not.

Think of it from the recruiter’s perspective — they want to know what you did with your responsibilities that resulted in achievements and results. That’s what will make your resume […]

By |August 9th, 2012|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Turn Military Experience Into Resume Achievements

Military Service to Civilian Success: Translate Achievements

A resume is an advertisement for what you offer an employer. Far too many people don’t understand this. How do you show what you offer an employer when your experience and success has come in the military environment?

Focus on your achievements!

The smartest thing you can do on your resume is to demonstrate your past […]

By |July 2nd, 2012|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Military Service to Civilian Success: Translate Achievements

Too Soon Old – Are You A Job Seeker Over 40?

When I give career development seminars, there are often questions about age discrimination. Yes, discrimination is illegal. And yes, it does still occur.

There recently was a job posting on a professional group’s email list for an entry-level position which also included the word “young.” And the list erupted. More often the ads contain code […]

By |May 8th, 2012|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Too Soon Old – Are You A Job Seeker Over 40?

Big Changes: Government or Military Transitioning to Civilian Work

If you have spent a long career in the military or government, the change to the civilian world is often even larger than you expect. Week after week I see people who were accomplished pilots, program managers, XO’s, SMEs, — and who are truly floundering.

Many have unrealistic expectations. For example, senior federal retirees often […]

By |February 17th, 2012|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Big Changes: Government or Military Transitioning to Civilian Work

Beginning your Job Search

First, the good news. The unemployment rate for military retirees and those transitioning from active duty is actually lower than that of the population as a whole. And there are many vets who are successful entrepreneurs.

You want to jump into an active job search and find a job fast. Or perhaps you think that […]

By |July 1st, 2011|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Beginning your Job Search

Military Transition: Military Resume Tricks Rant

I recently have begun hearing again that some employment counselors are telling transitioning military folks to omit their military service information and/or titles. Instead they suggest one use words like “major international organization vice-president.”  This was a sad trend after the Vietnam war, driven by popular talk that all vets were psychotic. Do you really need a […]

By |April 22nd, 2011|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Military Transition: Military Resume Tricks Rant