Category Archives: document preparation

Read Between the Lines and Connect the Dots for Employers. They Won’t Do It For You

The average job candidate writing a cover letter says: “I’ll tell all about me. They can read between the lines to see I’m the perfect fit.”  The candidate who gets an interview says: “My resume & cover letter shows explicitly … Continue reading

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How Can You Deploy a “Less Is More” Approach to Your Career?

Most of the work I do for clients involves shortening: Getting a four-page resume onto one page. Getting a rambling three-minute answer to a job interview question down to a concise one-minute answer. Getting a 10,000-word article down to the … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Will I see you in 2015?

My campus visit schedule for 2015 currently includes workshops and one-on-one resume & interview prep sessions in the following locations: Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN February 10th Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI February 19th St. Olaf College and Carleton College, Northfield, MN … Continue reading

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December’s Career Coaching Newsletter: Overhaul Your Resume Over the Holiday

This month’s career coaching newsletter includes: 5 steps to overhaul your resume at the holiday. If you have extra time, consider adding online or infographic resumes to your portfolio. I’ll be traveling in 2015–hope to see you in Valparaiso, Indiana, Northfield, … Continue reading

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Three Phrases to Avoid in email Correspondence and Why This Will Make You a Better Communicator

First, the phrases to avoid.  Please avoid using these three phrases when drafting emails: “Friendly reminder“ “Quick question“ “IMPORTANT”   Let’s take them one by one. “Friendly reminder” If you have to say “this is a friendly reminder,” that’s a sure … Continue reading

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Working on an Academic Job Search?

This is the time of year that academics and aspiring academics are working fast and furious on job search materials.   Here are a few really great resources that will help you get started on preparing excellent materials without wasting a … Continue reading

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The Job Search: How Low Is the Bar?

We all know that is a lot harder to secure employment now than it was ten years ago.  You have to sell yourself as the best possible candidate for a position when you’re up against a lot of other job … Continue reading

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Why This Form Letter Is a Bad Letter of Recommendation and Why You Should Consider Using It

I have pasted here a letter of recommendation that is both good and bad–depending on whether you are an overwhelmed writer of letters of recommendation who needs an efficient solution or the subject of the recommendation:            … Continue reading

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Why Is Customizing Your Resume Both Harder and Easier than You Think?

One of the first things I hear from new clients who are in career transition is: “I can’t customize my resume to every job ad I respond to. That’s impossible!” Everybody wants one resume that they can use to apply … Continue reading

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Spend Six Seconds on Your Resume

Why six seconds? Because that’s how much time a recruiter or hiring manager is likely to spend looking at your resume (it could be up to ten seconds).   You have to put yourself on the other side of your resume–if … Continue reading

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