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Gary Capone
Waynesboro, VA
Interests: recruiting, staffing, hiring, resume writing, interviewing, interview coaching, job search, job hunting
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Mar 15, 2010
K.D., Thank you for the feedback and I'm glad the advice was helpful. I appreciate your pointing out the mistakes. I corrected them and actually found another in the process of reviewing the article. Proofreading one's own work is a real challenge. The only way I have found to be successful (other than hiring professional editors) is to review and revise a document over a period of time. It's extremely difficult if you don't let a document sit until you start to forget what you what you wrote. I bring this up to reinforce the importance of reviewing a resume repeatedly and getting second opinions on it. For my blog, I write first thing in the morning (sometimes before my first cup of coffee - and that's not a good thing). I do a quick proofread and then immediately post them. A resume and a cover letter demand much more than this. Thanks again and I hope the blog continues to provide value to you. Gary
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Mary, Thanks for visiting the site and for the comments. Proofreading is a challenge for me. Often I write blog articles the same day I publish them - this makes catching errors difficult. I see what I meant to type, and not what actually ended up in the post. I appreciate your pointing out the errors and I have made the corrections. If you ever have a question regarding the advice I'm providing, or if a concept isn't please, please let me know. Gary
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Great advice. I've used proofreaders in the past for various projects and they are invaluable.
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Generally, I like to see the experience close to the top, but that's just a rule of thumb. There are a lot of other situations where other sections should go above the experience. The key is showing the reader of the resume the critical information they want first. In the first look at a resume, many resume screeners will look for key attributes - skills, experience and education. Picture someone with a check list - "does the candidate these two key skills, this degree type and a minimum number of years of experience." This screening step is only designed to determine if the reader should read the resume closely. The two or three key skills should be listed prominently so the reader can check off that the candidate has them. Ideally, I would want to see these in a Professional Summary Section. You can also put them in the experience section, a dedicated skills section or an accomplishments section. Any of these could be put in the top half of the first page. For new graduates, I would put them in the summary section or in a skills section. Thanks for your question. Gary
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I've worked with a lot of people that have been fired or laidoff. One the biggest challenges is keeping a positive, confident attitude. It is very easy to let a job loss kill a a person's confidence and destroy any chance of interviewing well. For people out of work, they should focus on remembering all of the career successes and accomplishments on your job appreciate day. It is essential for job seeker to believe they are the best person for a job. If they don't, their attitude will come through in an interview and will cause them to miss opportunities.
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