Resumes That Rock (16 Expert Tips)

Written by Karen Fritscher-Porter

It's never too early to update your resume, even if you're not searching for a new job. Why? Updating your resume is a valuable reminder to yourself of your practical value to employers.

Refer to it when preparing your business case for a raise request or when preparing for your annual performance evaluation. Your resume is a good reminder of your achievements for your company as well as your capabilities and skills.

And if you suddenly find your company, or life, in upheaval and need to start searching for a new job, preparing your resume is one less stressful activity to worry about. You've kept your resume current so it's nearly complete. Just polish it, print it and add a cover letter targeted toward each individual employer and position. Then drop it inrepparttar mail, fax it or e-mail it perrepparttar 142279 potential employer's preference. It's so simple, right? Hardly.

If you could really capture your essence in a bottle and send it torepparttar 142280 prospective employer, you'd certainly getrepparttar 142281 job. Why? He'd know how polished, enthusiastic, well-qualified and perfect you were forrepparttar 142282 position compared torepparttar 142283 other trillion candidates applying too. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Your "essence" has to go intorepparttar 142284 brief resume and cover letter versus a bottle. And that's howrepparttar 142285 potential employer knows he or she just MUST meet you in person.

"Your resume is a snapshot," says Anne McKinney, author and editor of "Real Resumes for Administrative Support, Office & Secretarial Jobs" by PREP Publishing ( "And when a resume is a great resume, from head (its objective) to toe (its personal section), an employer can really feel that he has met you. He might not know exactly what you look like but it's a photograph of you in lots of ways that you've brought to life. And that's not easy for most people to create since they're not writers."

Here is advice McKinney shared that should help make your next resume and cover letter writing experience easier and more focused:

Cover Letters: 1. Don't write anything that will get you screened out. For example, don't write that you've just finished having your ninth child but your mother-in-law takes care ofrepparttar 142286 children duringrepparttar 142287 day. Most employers will think your life is too busy to truly include them in a reliable fashion.

2. Be careful when you introduce personal content. But don't exclude it in your cover letter if it might be of interest to that particular employer. For example, you mention your youngest child has just left home for college, you're newly single and you're psyched for this position that possibly entails traveling as a personal assistant. That employer is looking for someone who is willing to travel or relocate and focus on him predominately. You're in.

3. Write positive statements. Don't start with 'I've been out ofrepparttar 142288 job market for 15 years...' It doesn't inspire confidence. Seerepparttar 142289 tip above for a better way to phrase this.

4. Stay away from touchy subjects unless it's positive and useful information. Religious matters wouldn't likely be appropriate for a cover letter unless, for instance, you're applying to work at a nonprofit organization of your faith. Then it might be to your advantage to mention something relevant.

5. Userepparttar 142290 cover letter to address questions or discrepancies thatrepparttar 142291 employer might have about you. Make employers aware that you do know what job you're applying for and you're not just litteringrepparttar 142292 universe with your resume. That might mean writing that 'I'm writing to you from Missouri but I'm planning to be in North Carolina where you're located upon my husband's retirement fromrepparttar 142293 military when we return to our home town.'

Job Lead Websites To Use In Your Telecommuting Search

Written by Nell Taliercio

Let me ask you a question: are you tired of using job sites only to find scam after scam? I bet you're nodding your head in agreement to that question. I know that I was sick and tired of spending all my time online searching for telecommuting jobs only to find scams. Any type of free job site is going to have a few scams, but some sites have more legitimate jobs than others, and some are easier to use than others.

There is one job site that I enjoy, have foundrepparttar most legitimate jobs from, isrepparttar 142278 easiest to search through, and has a good variety of jobs. This site is If you've never used this job search website, I would start using it today!

What makes it such a superior job lead website? Well, let me tell you what I personally like about it. I like that there is an option to search telecommuting jobs only; not too many job sites have this option built intorepparttar 142279 search feature. You simply go to whatever city you want, select whatever category you want, and click onrepparttar 142280 telecommuting option. Then, it pulls uprepparttar 142281 telecommuting jobs! It's sooooo easy!

I also enjoy that there are so many great categories, and there are some really diverse categories. If you're looking for jobs in administration, biotech, writing, teaching or many others, you can find them at

I also enjoy that there are so many cities and countries to search through. If you're searching for Canadian telecommuting jobs, there are options to search that country. If you're looking for telecommuting jobs in Ireland, there is an option to search that country and many other countries as well. Plus well over 30 US cities!

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