Your LinkedIn Headline: 10 Tips to Increase Profile Views

by Donna Svei July 1, 2015
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After recruiters look at your photo, your LinkedIn headline is the next item they scan in their search results. Because of this, an effective headline plays a critical role in convincing a recruiter to click through to your full profile to learn more about you. Screw your headline up and they might never get to […]

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The ATS Doesn’t Care How You Write Dates on Your Resume

by Donna Svei June 25, 2015
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I saw a blog post last week that gave explicit instructions on how to structure dates on your resume. It suggested that if you didn’t use their prescribed format that applicant tracking systems (ATS) would shoot your resume to the Black Hole of Death. Not the case. Parsing Software Reads Your Resume, Not the ATS First, […]

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Print Your LinkedIn Profile to PDF Before You Change It

by Donna Svei June 17, 2015
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Have you ever wished you could remember the words you used in an old version of your LI profile? Like when you realize an earlier iteration described your accomplishments better? Or had better SEO? When you print your LinkedIn profile to a PDF before you change it, you don’t have to remember anything.  The Client […]

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Don’t Confuse Phase and Faze

by Donna Svei June 15, 2015
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You’re traveling. An email from the CEO hits your phone. She wants to know if your competitor’s new product is going to kill sales in your hottest category. You respond with a rather brilliant analysis of the perceived threat, concluding, “We won’t be phased by this because…”. You have just fallen into the homophone trap. […]

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Cover Letter Mistake Loses Steam as Problem

by Donna Svei June 8, 2015
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A classic cover letter mistake has long been not bothering to send one. Call it a sin of omission. I’m OK with this because, as a recruiter, I almost never read cover letters. I find the resume a meatier, more comprehensive read than most cover letters. You can find opinions a-go-go on the necessity of […]

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9 Resume Fonts Designers Love — SLIDESHARE

by Donna Svei June 2, 2015
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Roses are red. Violets are blue. I’ve done all the work to find the best resume fonts for you. OK, I’ve had help. Graphic designers have been spewing opinions about resume fonts all over the Internet lately (see Bloomberg and Canva for examples). 9 Resume Fonts Designers Love The Canva post featured ten fonts: Avenir, […]

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Quotes on Your Resume: A Good Way to Waste Valuable Real Estate

by Donna Svei May 12, 2015
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Last week, a reader who found himself quoted (without his permission) on a former colleague’s resume sent me an email that read a lot like this: Donna, I have seen resumes in varying formats over the years, but have you even seen one with quotes about the person embedded in the middle of each place […]

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Following a Company on LinkedIn = Winking on Match

by Donna Svei May 5, 2015
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Are you following any companies on LinkedIn? You can follow up to 1,000 of your favorites. Crazy? Maybe not. Read on.    If you follow companies, I have good news and bad news. The Good News: LinkedIn & Match.com LinkedIn surveyed people who follow companies. They found that 70% of them do so because they’re […]

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Your LinkedIn Account: The Two Best Reasons to Choose Premium

by Donna Svei April 13, 2015
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LinkedIn changes its member account offerings as often as some people change their hair color. I don’t keep up with the fine points because you can find them here. Rather, I recommend that passive and active job seekers choose the Premium LinkedIn account that’s the best fit for them. Yep, I said, “Premium.” Here’s why: […]

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Resume Font: When to Choose Bold

by Donna Svei April 8, 2015
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Resume font choices can be confusing. First you have to decide on the best font for your resume (or fonts).  Then you have to decide where to use a normal font and where to use bold font.  Resume Font: Where to Go Bold Because bold font draws your readers’ eyes, it’s helpful to use it to guide […]

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