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    Job Search Guide - Resume Facelift
by Debra Wheatman and Tim Muma - Mar, 2013
The resume remains a tool in landing an interview for a potential position, but it's important to find ways to keep it fresh and pop amongst the pile of candidates prospective employers are looking through. Debra Wheatman is the President of Careers Done Write and a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and she utilizes her experience to aid job seekers in revamping their resume. Debra gives Tim Muma some perspective on the im...
 
  What to Include on a Resume for Retail
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2014
Dear Deb: Is it necessary to bring a resume for a job at a retail shop in the mall? What would it say? I have only worked at an Italian ice cart at a local amusement park and also some intermittent work as a catering server. It might make me look silly to show that and a high school diploma plus two years of college. What’s your advice? Thank you, Lauren Dear Lauren: Yes, I would recommend a resume. In yo...
 
  Branding Tips: Can Your Email & Phone Numbers Tarnish Your Brand?
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2014
Yes, the email address that you choose and how you display your phone numbers on your resume and webpages reveal a lot about who you are. It also contributes to your brand. Your brand is how others perceive you. If your email and phone number suggest that you are outdated or not a serious professional, that can tarnish your brand. Consider these three ways your email and phone numbers can help or hurt your brand. Are So...
 
  Branding for the Not-So-Average Person
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2014
Recently a client asked me, “Why do I need a brand? I am just an average person. It’s not like I am an executive, celebrity, or an entrepreneur.” My answer was, “That is exactly why you need to think about your personal brand.” Do you want to be perceived as average? No; you want to be perceived as exceptional at what you do. Everyone is unique. You need a brand strategy. Where do you begin? How does the not-so-average...
 
  Face-to-Face Networking
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Face-to-face networking may be one of the most detested phrases a career professional can hear. You mean I have to talk to strangers in person? Can’t I just email them? Isn’t it enough if I like their posts on LinkedIn? Sure, it is great to connect online. Most of our daily professional and personal interactions are virtual. However, there is a distinct value in meeting face to face. I have heard all of the excuses fo...
 
  Three Reasons Why Objective Statements Are Out
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
With all the “do’s and don’ts” of resume writing, do you ever wonder the reasons why objective statements are out? The objective statement falls in the category of a “don’t.” There are at least three reasons why objective statements are no longer recommended for professional resumes. ONE: It places the focus on your needs (objective) rather than the employer’s needs. The purpose of your resume is to help the hiring man...
 
  Four Major Cover Letter Mistakes
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Often job seekers will ask me what they can do to improve their cover letter. The answer varies for each person; however, there are four major cover letter mistakes that I frequently see. Perhaps you have made one of these four major cover letter mistakes? Read our list and review your cover letter. Borrow my tips and vow never to make these major cover letter mistakes again! Rather than Generalize, Personalize Inste...
 
  Interview Blocking Resumes: Warning Signs Hiring Managers Spot in a Minute
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2014
How’s your resume response rate? In other words, are you getting many calls for interviews? If your resume is not generating interviews, it’s time to evaluate your resume. Hiring managers look for signs that a candidate will not be successful or a proper fit for the job. Is your resume sending signs to hiring manager? Let’s take a look at the top five warning signs that hiring managers can spot in a minute. Typos & Slo...
 
  How to Recover from a Huge Career Set Back
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2014
If you’ve been a fan of AMC’s Mad Men, you’ve witnessed the rise, fall, and recovery of the ever-suave, Don Draper. It’s been a theme of the show from the start. The opening montage of the man falling with skyscrapers in the background forebodes what we can see through the seasons. But, will he hit the bottom? Will he rise? As we await the final episodes of this iconic series, there is only conjecture. More importantly, w...
 
  Three Signs It’s Time to Find Your Next Role
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
Happy December everyone! I continue to be astonished at how quickly each year comes and goes. With 2014 less than 30 days away time to assess where you are in your career. As you wrap up 2013, now is the time to take a look at where you are career-wise, measure where you thought you’d be vs. where you’d like to be vs. where you realistically can be given your role, responsibilities, title, compensation, and growth profile. W...
 
  Ask Deb: Handling a Question About a Failed Business
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
Dear Deb, What is the best way to answer an interview question about why your company failed? I started a graphic design firm and after sinking $30,000 into it; and after 18 months of long hours and no weekends off, I have given up. We just could not compete with more established firms. I am working at a high school teaching graphic design and also work as a restaurant server to pay the bills. Feeling like such a fail...
 
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