In a version of the workplace as nostalgic and bittersweet as a Normal Rockwell painting, employees once took great pride in their job performance.Â Far fewer errors slipped through the cracks, less merchandise was returned by irate customers, and it was virtually unheard of for our government to recall a product because it was unsafe […]
Your Resume: Succinct and Boring or Detailed and Powerful?
Laboring under the delusion that one’s resume must, at all costs, be contained to a single page, too many applicants make the mistake of boiling their accomplishments down to succinct, trite phases.Â Professional resume services understand that this is counterproductive. While it’s still perfectly acceptable to present yourself as “an avid team player,” “bottom-line oriented,” […]
How to Sabotage Your Job Search: Part One
Just this morning, I called a client to confirm his appointment with me.Â The only number he’d given was his cell phone, which I dialed.Â For approximately three full minutes (I timed it), I was constrained to listen to a piece of music the man obviously thought would entertain his callers.Â Although the music was […]
Must I Customize My Resume for Each and Every Job?
Given the plethora of often conflicting advice emerging from self-professed career specialists, one would assume that the answer to this pressing question is “Yes.”Â Thankfully, in accessing this site, you benefit from our thirty years of experience in crafting career-advancement documents, including our expertise in monitoring and implementing the resume writing trends that make sense.Â […]
Thanking the Prospective Employer
Is a thank you letter a nicety or critical business protocol?Â In days gone by, guests of dinner parties penned thoughtful little thank you notes to their hosts and hostesses, in gratitude for their hospitality.Â Nowadays, those notes have gone the way of the fifteen-cent subway token, as have most of the genteel manners that […]
Do you remember this scene from the great old movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?Â Pursued by the law, anti-heroes Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) arrive at a bluff overlooking a long drop ending in churning waters.Â Â Butch screams, “Jump!”Â And his partner hollers back, “I can’t swim!”Â Confronted with personal questions […]