"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 of verb "to be" (is, are, was, am and so on), as demonstrated in 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 make job of reading your resume more pleasant for 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.
If 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 help company with exact job you're looking for find you. Put yourself in hiring manager's shoes. Would you call a candidate for an interview in hopes that she is a good match, or would you call person whose job description specifically indicates she wants job?
Travel Light to WorkWritten 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 close 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 just 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 into suitcases they're lugging. Some people end up lugging dozens and dozens of them.
They're like travelers in this story I heard. One day a young man stopped his car at side of road as he entered 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 what people are like here?" "Well," she said, "what were people like where you lived before?" "Demanding and competitive and not very helpful," he said. "Well," she told him, "I think you'll find people same way here."