Why a successful résumé depends on the reader’s experience more than you realize

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Rather than tinkering with the format for hours, try evaluating the general feeling you get when reviewing your résumé. As an executive résumé writer and a former retained search consultant, I see some interesting (and at times cringeworthy) résumés. Interestingly, almost every job seeker makes the biggest mistake, and hardly anyone talks about one particular idea around résumé success. Read Full Story

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How to breathe new life into a tired résumé format

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Get comfortable adding some visual interest to your résumé’s appearance, without sacrificing the essential facts about your background. If you’re not getting results when sending out your résumé, it probably means it’s time for an overhaul. So how do you freshen things up and grab recruiters’ attention in today’s ever-changing job market? Read Full Story

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So, You Want Your Content to Be Audience-Focused. Be Prepared for Some Challenges.

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Marketers pride themselves on knowing their audience – and the most successful content marketers put their audiences’ needs first. Indeed, when it comes to the ingredients behind a successful content strategy, the highest-ranked factor among content professionals is the ability to understand and connect with an audience’s values, interests and pain points, according to new… Read More » The post So, You Want Your Content to Be Audience-Focused. Be Prepared for Some Challenges. appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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Fast Company is hiring an architecture and urban design journalist

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Come work with us! Co.Design , Fast Company ‘s award-winning design news channel, is looking for an intrepid reporter and writer to cover architecture and urban design. You should have daily reporting experience, and you should be a critical thinker who’s as comfortable writing short news posts as you are reporting a 2,000-word feature. This is a full-time freelance position with competitive pay, no benefits. To apply, send your résumé, three clips, and a short note explaining why you’re interested in the job to Co.Design editor Suzanne LaBarre: suzannelabarre at gmail dot com. Read Full Story

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These common résumé mistakes lead to recruiter confusion

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A few of these formatting blunders may be holding you back from job opportunities. A recruiter’s perception of your résumé can make or break your job search. If recruiters can read your résumé with ease and quickly understand the benefits of hiring you, then you will be placed in front of numerous hiring managers and given plenty of opportunities to prove yourself at interview . Read Full Story

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How to explain résumé gaps after a layoff

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There’s no need to feel embarrassed or—worse—mislead hirers with false information because of 2020 hiatuses on your résumé. Unemployment has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 layoffs began earlier this year. With so many layoffs and furloughs, a common question we are asked during my company’s résumé-writing calls is, “How do I explain a COVID-19 related layoff on my résumé?” You don’t want to look like you were fired. The reality is, you were most likely laid off for reasons entirely out of your control . Read Full Story

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5 reasons diversity training are not successful as anticipated

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The track record for various forms of diversity training shows how difficult it is to change people’s deeper attitudes and behaviors. Since the police killing of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests, companies are looking for ways to combat racial bias and discrimination at work. The stats are jarring. In one 2009 study , hiring managers were 74% more likely to hire candidates with white-sounding names when their résumés were identical. Despite evidence that teams with more diversity perform better than more homogeneous teams, Black and Latino workers remain underrepresented in STEM. Read Full Story

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