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6 Easy Platforms for Creating Stunning Résumé Websites

July 30, 2021 |
Laptop showing the building of a résumé website

Are you looking for a new and innovative service to offer your clients? Creating a résumé website (sometimes simply referred to as a personal website) can really help our job-seeking clients stand out from the crowd. As a career professional, you know how to craft a strategic and effective résumé. But what if you feel less confident with the technical demands of creating a website for that résumé? Luckily, there are website builders available that make it easy to create sites, even if you have limited or no technical knowledge. Below,…

What Does a Professional Résumé Writer Really Do?

May 7, 2021 |
Résumé process, résumé development

In my career practice, I have learned the importance of clearly establishing my mandate with each of my clients before we launch into the résumé writing process. My goal is to be a catalyst for their professional aspirations. It’s vital to the success of our relationship that my clients understand I cannot guarantee they’ll land the job they desire. I take the time, up front, to make it clear what a professional résumé writer can do for them. My Approach to the Résumé Writing Process Strategic résumé writing has allowed…

30+ Cover Letter Tips for Success

May 5, 2021 |
Cover letter leads to job offer and success

Every day, thousands of Canadian job seekers participate in a tough competition to try and reach their goal of being invited to an interview. Many will be disappointed, though, especially if they’re relying on a do-it-yourself résumé and cover letter set created from templates. Others, however, make an investment in their future by taking a thoughtful approach to each job application. They’ll craft strategic and targeted job-search documents, often engaging the expertise of a professional résumé/cover letter writer. Here are 30+ cover letter tips used by professional writers to make their…

Rescuing Résumé Bullets from Mediocrity

April 2, 2021 |
Résumé bullets - person reviewing résumé

We’re into snappy tweets and pithy memes. A résumé may cause reader’s fatigue when overly explanatory, but may fail to impress when too short.  What is the professional résumé writer to do? Strategic use of powerful, attention-getting résumé bullets may just be the solution. Optimizing Point-Form Content The résumé is mainly constructed of point-form writing, a list of bullets with each one ideally making one point.  As writers, we must balance the need for succinct messages with the need for context. For this reason, I have found that a 2-line bullet is…

Résumés for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

July 17, 2020 |
resume tracking system

Résumé tracking is the norm these days. Most mid-sized to large organizations receive hundreds and even thousands of résumés through the internet. Company representatives must deal with these huge volumes and somehow find and select the ideal candidate. As a result, employers and recruiters rely on technology to automate the résumé selection process. Driven primarily by the increasing volume of applicants, the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) was born. Through the ATS, employers are able to sort, rank, store, and manage the considerable number of résumés they receive on a daily…

Dealing with Employment Gaps in Résumés

July 10, 2020 |
Hired red stamp

It may come as no surprise that Canadian employers are wary of applicants who submit résumés with glaring employment gaps. Employers want to hire motivated, productive, and diligent employees. Gaps on résumés cause concern because they might indicate that the applicant is unable to secure work or hold on to work, could not perform the job duties, disobeyed company policies, or did something else that was seriously wrong or illegal. Most Canadians will run into a time during their career where they may not be working. In many cases, there…