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Resume Writing Tips

There are as many ways to write a resume as there are people to write them. Some of the most important considerations of resume writing include: making sure it is readable, that the type size and format is easy on the eyes. I like the use of bullets rather than sentences in paragraph form.I favor a resume that displays work history in reverse chronological order. The people in charge of hiring and staffing, are most concerned with your most recent work history. A reverse chronological resume lays it out there. A resume that highlights skills and accomplishments, then lists previous positions in another section, makes it difficult if not impossible to determine when, and at what job, a person acquired the skills or accomplished a particular task. If applicable job duties are dated, associated with a position held, say, ten years before, it is probably less desirable experience than a person who is currently performing the required duties.Resumes that have been watered down with corporate-speak, and glittering generalities, with all specific job duties, and reference to products removed, are confusing, and hard to understand just what a person did and with what/whom. These resumes are often written by professional resume writers who try to make a resume generic, so the person's background will appear to be a fit for as many jobs in as many different industries as possible. This type of resume may work to someone's advantage if they are trying to change industries. They often generate more questions than usable information about a candidates work history.I have encountered grammatical errors, typos, incomplete sentences, duplicate sentences /words, when reading professional, management and C- level executive resumes. When typing a resume in Word format, be sure the spell check is turned on. When revising an existing resume, make sure you have deleted what you needed to, and added what you intended to add. I believe that I see most of these types of errors in revised versions of previously written resumes, or resumes revised for a particular position.When revising existing resumes, make sure you use the same font and bold face type, and italics, in headings, job titles, employer names, etc. I see many resumes form management level candidates and above with mismatched type size. If you are not proficient in Word, ask someone who is, to retype your resume.Use past tense grammar for past jobs.List not only responsibilities but what a person has accomplished during her/his time performing in the position. Listing only Responsibilities on your resume gives the impression that you are a processor, tend toward tunnel vision, narrow scope, and my job only thinker. Listing your accomplishments conveys a big picture thinker-strategic person, leader, ready to accomplish even more in the next position, etc. It gives you a value added advantage over another candidate.

Background Checks:

These days, most companies perform a background check as apart of the hiring process. Here is what a background check may include:CREDIT REPORTS: Some companies check credit, others do not. If they do, your credit report will probably pass if:

  1. It has less than 30%of trade accounts in negative or collection status.
  2. It will not have any tax liens that are not satisfied.
  3. It does not show child support payment in collections.
  4. It is free of home foreclosure or asset repossession.

The highest level of Education listed on your resume will be verified, and all other formal education may be verified.Your employment will be verified and employment dates on your resume should be accurate and any salary listed on the application should be accurate.All licenses and professional certifications may be investigated.Criminal history, based upon where you have lived will probably be investigated (state, county, federal). Any criminal violations must be listed on the employment application.

Drug Testing:Companies drug test potential new hires 80% of the time. 

87.5 Million Expatriates By 2021


According to a new research report published by Finaccord, the total number of expatriates worldwide amounted to around 66.2 million in 2017. This figure has grown at a compound annual rate of 5.8% since 2013, given that there were around 52.8 million expatriates in that year. By 2021, Finaccord forecasts that the number will reach around 87.5 million.

· The global expatriate population has reached 66.2 million and is on track to rise to 87.5 million by 2021;

· the highest numbers of expatriates reside in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Germany;

· individual workers account for over 70% of expatriates worldwide and students for 8.5% of them.

Source: IPMI Magazine. Read the full article here:   

New Legislation - The Salary Question

California recently passed legislation that prohibits employers or an agent of an employer from asking about an applicant's previous salary. If the applicant voluntarily provides this information without being asked, the employer can use it in determining salary for the applicant.

Delaware, Massachusetts and Oregon have passed similar laws which will take effect within the next 12 months. New York (effective 10/31/17) and San Francisco effective July 1, 2018) have passed similar laws. April, 2018 Update: California, Oregon, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York City, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico outlawed employers from inquiring about a candidate’s salary history. New Orleans and Pittsburgh put in place similar bans for hiring city workers. Legislation in Maryland is in the works, but not in Illinois, where the governor vetoed the proposal. Michigan and Wisconsin have also prohibited the salary history question bans. Update 9/2018: Vermont passed salary question ban effective July 2018 and Connecticut, effective 1/1/19.

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Food for Thought- Income Disparity


“There is no bigger threat to our democracy than wealth disparity. It is a story normally reserved for monarchies, dictatorships, and plutocracies, and yet we got in this pickle because over the last 40 years the corporate focus on profits took on manic proportions relative to other stakeholders such as employees, communities, and the planet….”

Source: Paul Tudor Jones, Tudor Investment Corporation Head, and Robin Hood Foundation Founder. Quote published in Editorial Comment by Randy Lane, Editor, page 12, Forbes Magazine 12/26/17 

Advice Worth Repeating


In an active job search? Don’t Overlook Anything About Your Online Presence. 

Always be aware of and review your Online presence. Your online resume offers another read on how “buttoned up” you are outside of your professional world. Be sure to make a positive and professional impression across all social media platforms that you are using. Inconsistencies between your resume, your online resume, LinkedIn profile may reveal lack of detail orientation, or expose stated variations in duties/titles/etc. at the same job. Unprofessional photos can also raise questions or suggest that you are not aware of how you present yourself in a career environment. Be sure that your resume, online profile, and online communication are free of typos, grammatical errors, or poor (hard to read) formatting. According to LinkedIn, 58% of all resumes have a typo of some form. 

Source: LinkedIn Talent Solutions, January 2018

Write Better Emails


        Write Better Emails

Email remains the most common way to communicate with fellow employee at work. Some, when read, will require immediate attention, some just need to be read, and others will be deleted or ignored.

Here are some suggestions that may help to be sure your emails are read.

Keep your short and to the point. And start by making sure your subject lines are descriptive without rambling.

Think about the recipients and tailor your email to their knowledge and motivations. tell the recipient something new and relevant in each paragraph. And, avoid using vague language like 'soon' or 'generally' and focus on specifics. 

Taken From “How to write emails your colleagues will want to read” November 6, 2018, Insights for Professionals.