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Global Health to Domestic Health: Jargon Translator

I frequently encounter job seekers who wish to change career fields or industries/sectors. I have found, though, that even within fields that would seem to be very similar, there can be significant differences in how terminology is used, often to refer to the same thing. Because employers–including human beings like hiring managers or recruiters, as … Continue reading

Should I Keep it On My Resume?

People often wonder how to decide whether to keep a particular bullet point, or even a whole job or section, in their resume. Here’s a simple flowchart/infographic to help you figure it out. If you have less experience and are having trouble filling up a single page of a resume, you can ignore this post; … Continue reading

Beating Resume Robots

For years now, many companies have been using applicant tracking systems (“ATS’s”) to manage the volume of resumes that are submitted for jobs. As a job seeker, it’s hard to know which companies use an ATS, though in some cases it’s obvious—when you click the “apply” button, you are taken to a site like Silkroad, … Continue reading

Top 100 Keywords for Public Service Careers

One of the best suggestions I’ve seen in a while in the job search comes from Martin Yate’s new book, Knock ’em Dead – Secrets and Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World. He suggests creating a Target Job Deconstruction. This entails: Going to any job board, such as,,,, etc., and … Continue reading

Has your grandma read your resume?

Helping people switch careers from one thing to another– from an aerospace engineer to a nonprofit executive, a corporate attorney to a philanthropy consultant– requires a lot of translation. Terminology that made sense in your last career no longer applies in your future career. You could submit your resume a thousand times, but if you … Continue reading

Cover Letter Concepts

There is a lot of confusion about cover letters. Cover letters are not: * An opportunity to write about your life story and life philosophy * A chance to write about tell your entire career history * A place to explain why you left each of your past employers or to focus in detail about … Continue reading

10 “head-smacking” tips for job seekers

I was recently sent the following blog post from a company that does software consulting. It really does sum up many of the realities of the job search. In particular, I like the author’s funny but concise way of writing. I can agree that people who name their resume “Resume” or “My Resume” should probably take a tenth of … Continue reading

Infographics on resumes: great or weird?

My good friend Jon recently alerted me to a page of infographic resumes. As a career counselor for the last 12 years, I will admit that I find these resumes to be so different from what I’m used to that I am a bit annoyed by them. Actually, I find them extremely annoying. But it … Continue reading

Quantifying your resume

I work with many job seekers who conduct research or do counseling, jobs which are quite hard to quantify–but there’s almost always a way to quantify their work. It’s vital to quantify accomplishments because it allows a potential employer to get a clearer visual image of you doing a good job.  Adding numbers and percentages … Continue reading

10 Guerrilla strategies for a tough job market

With layoffs continuing to be front page news, job seekers who have been hit in the head by a big clue-brick are wondering how they are going to land anything.  I’m especially concerned because recruiters are telling me they are getting hundreds of resumes the instant they post a job.  So, what are a few tips … Continue reading