"5 Ways to Drastically Improve Your Resume in 10 Minutes

Written by Vincent Czaplyski

Follow these quick and easy tips to build yourself a better resume in under 10 minutes flat.

* Use strong, action oriented language that describes specific skills or accomplishments.

Go through your resume from top to bottom and eliminate weak language. Don't write "Was in charge of large graphic design department that increased company revenues" when you can say "Managed 12 graphic artists in major creative projects that increased revenues by over 3 million last year."

Whenever possible, eliminate all forms ofrepparttar verb "to be" (is, are, was, am and so on), as demonstrated inrepparttar 135193 previous example. Instead, replace them with strong action words that paint a compelling picture.

* Add bullets.

Bullets are a great way to transform lists that would otherwise make tedious reading in paragraph form, or that would benefit by a cleaner layout. They makerepparttar 135194 job of reading your resume more pleasant forrepparttar 135195 reader. A perfect candidate for bullets is a list of accomplishments related to a single job. For example, "Postmaster, 1998 -2003" followed by 3 or 4 major accomplishments in bullet form.

* Write a specific, concise job description.

Ifrepparttar 135196 job you really want is "Director of Human Resources at a Fortune 1000 company," say so. Don't write "Middle management position at a large or mid-size company" or something equally vague. That covers a lot of territory. You need to helprepparttar 135197 company withrepparttar 135198 exact job you're looking for find you. Put yourself inrepparttar 135199 hiring manager's shoes. Would you call a candidate for an interview inrepparttar 135200 hopes that she is a good match, or would you callrepparttar 135201 person whose job description specifically indicates she wantsrepparttar 135202 job?

Travel Light to Work

Written by Nan S. Russell

As a frequent traveler, my goal for each trip is to travel light. Despite thoughtful planning, sometimes that goal is shattered when I go to closerepparttar suitcase and realize I need a larger, or even second one. I can't always get my packing right and end up taking more than I need. When that happens it's frustrating. I hate lugging extra baggage and feeling encumbered.

Work is like that, too. We often bring too much baggage. It may not look like baggage, but it weighs us down justrepparttar 135173 same. It's disguised as past relationships with bosses; previous work experiences; mind-talk about whether we can or can't do something; how we've been treated in work (and life), or how we think we have. And usually there's at least one duffle bag stuffed with our expectations.

I've found in twenty years of management most people bring suitcases full of self-doubt, old patterning from old relationships and self-fulfilling prophesies to work every day, and it stifles them. Most people let past work experiences dictate their future ones. So if they've worked in three different jobs or companies, those three job experiences are packed intorepparttar 135174 suitcases they're lugging. Some people end up lugging dozens and dozens of them.

They're likerepparttar 135175 travelers in this story I heard. One day a young man stopped his car atrepparttar 135176 side ofrepparttar 135177 road as he enteredrepparttar 135178 township limits. An older woman paused from her gardening as he approached. "I'm thinking of moving to this town," he told her, "and I was wondered if you could tell me whatrepparttar 135179 people are like here?" "Well," she said, "what wererepparttar 135180 people like where you lived before?" "Demanding and competitive and not very helpful," he said. "Well," she told him, "I think you'll find peoplerepparttar 135181 same way here."

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