Is Your Resume Grabbing Attention for the Right Reasons?

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 29, 2016

in Resume Tips

Is Your Resume Grabbing Attention for the Right ReasonsYour resume will either grab the reader’s attention or not. Grab a coffee and read these in-depth resume writing tips.

It’s not simply enough to capture a person’s attention; you must capture it for the right reasons! This is why many job seekers hire a resume writing service.

Receiving the phone call for a job interview is music to the ears during a job search.

First, we will examine why a resume might attract attention for the wrong reasons:

  • Poor physical layout – visually unappealing
  • Cramped text or not enough space between bullet points and categories (i.e. a lack of white space)
  • Too much white space
  • Using an abundance of different fonts or font styles (i.e. bold, italics, underline) used improperly
  • Use of “I” statements
  • Neglecting to include essential information such as Education, Work Experience
  • Too short or too long
  • Looks like a standard Microsoft Word template
  • Overuse of graphics (problems could arise if scanned), plus it takes away from the content
  • It wasn’t submitted with a cover letter to complement and introduce your resume and why you are interested in the position

If you fall into any of the above categories, you must seriously consider revamping or rewriting your document altogether. You only get one shot at making a first impression, so make sure it’s a great one!

Do not potentially throw away your only chance of landing a job interview with the company of your dreams.

Resume Writing Tips to Make Your Resume Gets Noticed for the Right Reasons

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How Useful Networking Will Enhance Your Career and Life

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 20, 2016

in Job Search Tips

useful networking enhance careerDo you know why you should be networking during your job search? In business and the professional world, who you know is almost as important as what you know.

Your ability to network can have huge benefits on your career and overall life success and happiness. The larger your network is, the more support and information you will have at your fingertips. Networking is the best method to access the hidden job market to land excellent career opportunities.

Want to learn more?

Below are some reasons why you need to be networking consistently in order to improve your career and professional life.

Networking Usually Outweighs Traditional Methods

Networking should be a huge part of your job search plan, it is the number one way to land a job. The majority of jobs are found through some form of networking. Also, the caliber of jobs found through networking tends to be better and more coveted. A personal connection to a hiring manager is the best way to get your resume on the top of the pile. Keep in mind you do need to write a resume that grabs attention for the right reasons.

To prove just how effective networking is, think about ten of your employed friends. How many of them got their jobs through a form of networking versus the traditional approach? I bet you find that networking far outweighs the traditional methods.

I bet you find that networking far outweighs the traditional methods. In order to maximize your network…

How to Develop a Job Search Plan to Achieve Results

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 17, 2016

in Job Search Tips

how to develop a job search planEmbarking on a job search can be overwhelming, developing a robust job search plan will help. After you know what position(s) you would like to target, you will need to write a focused resume and cover letter.

In today’s highly competitive job market, it is imperative that you create a written job search plan.  The days of just dropping off a resume and cover letter are pretty much over.  A job search plan will begin with a lot of research and hard work that will allow you to tap into hidden job markets, network, find advertisements and job listings, and work with third party recruiters.   To begin, you will need…

How to Find the Hidden Job Market to Land Career Opportunities

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 29, 2016

in Job Search Tips

hidden job market search and find job

When searching for a job, there are a few ways to find one, the hidden job market can uncover a wealth of excellent career opportunities.

So, you can have an employer look for you, or you look for an employer. This is known as the advertised job market and the hidden job market.

The advertised job market is frustrating and slow for both you and the employer. For you, it means a lot of competition, particularly for entry-level positions. For the more experienced and specialized roles, the advertised job market may barely exist.

The company’s network is faster, cheaper, and more effective than advertising. This is why finding the hidden job market can be so important to your job search. 80% of all positions are …

How to Write a Resume for a Career Change to Ignite Interviews

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 18, 2016

in Resume Tips

resume for a career change taking the right directionKnowing how to write a curriculum vitae CV or resume for a career change is a learned skill or should we call it a talent or art?

One of the hardest decisions you will encounter during your professional career is the decision to change jobs. The safe decision is to stay in your current job, where you know what to expect and where you feel safe.

In a new job, you have no idea what to expect. As a result, the process of entering a new job can be very intimidating.

The key to your access into a new career is a curriculum vitae CV or resume tailored to the career transition. Most job seekers don’t really the job search document must communicate the value they are bringing to the position.  

What to Consider When Writing a Resume for a Career Change

When you are considering a career change, there are many things to think about and research to be fully prepared for the career transition. While you have to consider the benefits, financial changes, your family, and even where you live, you also have to think about how to prove you are qualified.



This can be hard if you don’t know where to start. There is a wealth of information and sites that can help you with this (sometimes enormous) task.

Where to Find Information

The internet is an excellent source for finding information and advice about drafting your career change resume or curriculum vitae CV. It is also a good place to start looking for positions that fit the genre of your career change requirements. You’ll also find that there are many resources which make the resume writing process considerably easier. You will be able to compose the right resume for a career change, save it, and send it to numerous job search engines and recruiter sites. When you are looking for advice about how to draft your resume, be careful about the advice you take, and use common sense. [click to continue…]

Take Control of Your Career Direction and Create Happiness

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 8, 2016

in Job Search Tips

take control of your career direction and create happinessYears ago, companies seemed to be in charge of employees’ career direction. Not anymore, people manage their career direction by changing careers if needed.

Now it’s up to you to take charge of your career path, so take the reins and initiate action to reach your career goals and aspirations.

Jobs used to come with some level of security, but nowadays, you can become the victim of downsizing, budget cuts, or just be terminated when you least expect it.

Without job security, it is up to you to manage your career direction. If you are unhappy with your job, you either need to revitalize your current situation or make a career transition.  It’s important to enjoy going to work each day, or at least not dread it.  It is no longer the norm to stay with one company

How To Scrutinize Postings To Write Targeted Resumes

It is important to scrutinize job postings to write targeted resumes for specific jobs – job postings and descriptions will help provide keywords and direction when you are stuck. You can find useful and helpful information to incorporate into your career documents directly from job postings. Before creating or updating your resume and cover letter, […]

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When Writing a Resume You Need to Find Your Achievements

A resume needs to have the “wow factor” in order to earn an interview. The document must have substance and make a person stand out from the crowd. That is why when writing a resume you need to find your achievements. The best way to set yourself apart from the competition is to highlight your […]

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Tips For Writing an Email Cover Letter

Review these tips for writing an email cover letter, because many companies request applicants to send their resume and cover letter by email. You will want to ensure your cover letter is neat, enticing, concise, easy to read, and in a professional format. Try to make your email look different than “just another e-mail”. Most […]

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Recharge Your Energy with These Job Search Tips

If you’ve been conducting a job search for a while now, chances are you need some job search tips to recharge your energy. Let’s face it: a job search can be a very thankless and grueling activity.  It takes a lot of work to maintain your job hunt: updating and editing your resume and cover […]

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