Excellence in Business Communication, 13th Edition
Chapter 15. Building Careers and Writing Resumes
"We've talked before about how video resumes can be a great way to stand out in your job search, especially when it's a job you really want," writes Erin Greenawald (photo, left).
"If you’re interested in getting a job in tech but not sure where to start, a great strategy is to look at job listings—mountains and mountains of job listings," says Cameron Chapman, staff writer at Skillcrush.
Tara Siegel Bernard (photo, left) weighs in at NYTimes.
According to Richard Moy, "As hard as it is to believe, there are times when you might get turned down for roles, even after you’ve knocked it out of the park during the interview process.
"I’m going to let you in on a little secret—one of my least favorite things about being a recruiter was reading cover letters.
"I’m assuming you’ve read a lot of the great resume advice that exists out there (especially right here on The Muse!).
"'As a recruiter, I see thousands of resumes, most of which miss the mark,' says Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, a hiring mentor, recruiting strategist and human resources expert.
"Despite the fact that hiring managers now ask for a variety of application materials, resumes are still an extremely important part of the process.
"While common mistakes can sink an application, when a letter showed inexperience more than anything else, I tried to put myself in the candidate’s shoes.
"Assuming you work very hard and are not rude, insensitive, or offensive, if you feel you must significantly change the way you speak and act to fit into your company's culture, then perhaps you are in the wrong company.
"Cover letters: They strike fear in the hearts of millions, and just uttering the phrase is enough to make a grown man cry.
Check out these examples of e-portfolios presented by Auburn University.
"While every job requires a certain amount of administrative activity, we must recognize when tasks become so laborious and time-consuming that they take away from the real work –— and drain our employees’ passion.
Lydia Dishman reports over at FastCompany.
According to Liz Ryan, "For years a resume was a bland, boring recitation of the jobs you’d held, but now a resume is much more than that.
"We say: The days of cookie cutter cover letter intros are long gone.
"How do you make sure you’re crafting something remarkable?
"You probably already have a resume, and you probably already know you’re supposed to write a cover letter," begins Lily Zhang (photo, left) in a piece at TheMuse.
"Whether you have just graduated with an advanced degree or you are leaving academia for the public sphere, building a professional résumé after a life in higher eduction is a rude awakening.
"You can make your resume stand out easily, because most resumes are horrifying.
"You know you need a résumé in order to get a job.