• What to do when the recruiter calls.

    What to Do When a Recruiter Calls

    If you’re a professional, you can expect to get an occasional phone call or an email from a recruiter. If you’re a startup executive, it might even be from me. That call or email might change your life. Or it could be a total bust. You’ll never know, though, unless you answer it. Here are […]

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  • The first glance at your resume could be just six seconds... how would your resume do?

    A Recruiter Gives Your Resume 6 Seconds. Here’s What Happens.

    Surveys show that recruiters spend about six seconds on their first look at a resume. Six seconds. That sounds about right to me. I review resumes for a living and have developed a finely tuned superpower for scanning a resume quickly to find the key information I need. How much can I see in a […]

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  • interview questions are much easier when you have a script to answer questions

    Interview Preparation Tip: Script Your Stories

    Looking for a job? Get ready to talk about yourself. That seems obvious, yet few people I talk to actually seem to plan ahead to prepare the stories that illustrate what they’ve done and the great things they bring to a job. Lots of people figure they’ll just wing it, and don’t realize that winging […]

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  • You said... what? Some of the funniest resume and job search bloopers I've come across.

    OMG LOL! Embarrassing and Hilarious Resume and Job Search Bloopers

    I’ve collected a lot laugh-out-loud hilarious resume bloopers over the years, and whenever I feel down, they’re always good for a chuckle. Some I’ve experienced firsthand, most I’ve been told about, and a few may just be the stuff of urban legend in the hiring world, but they’re all a hoot, so here you go. […]

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  • Here are a few qualities of people who are cut out to work for a startup.

    What Makes a Startup Superhero? These Five Things.

    As you may know, I’m an executive recruiter (okay, go ahead… call me a headhunter if you must). Most of my clients are startups and early-stage technology companies, and I help them find the kind of awesome candidates who will help their new company succeed. I get resumes every day from people saying they want […]

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  • When does personal information like Burning Man or church work on your resume make you look like the perfect candidate... and when does it target you for rejection? Good question.

    Resume Personal Section Advice: When to Include Outside Interests Like Burning Man or Politics

    I often get asked whether it’s a good idea to include a resume personal section, or if it’s just offering unnecessary information that might risk  hiring discrimination. Should you mention your annual trek to Burning Man where you manage a team building a huge art project? What about the years in college organizing the Young […]

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Why Your Resume Didn't Make The Cut

Why Your Resume Didn’t Make The Cut

I live a life of rejection. As an executive recruiter, I see dozens of resumes every week, sometimes even hundreds. And most of them, all but a handful, end up in the virtual trash can. I am constantly rejecting people — or perhaps more accurately, digital representations of documents that represent people, a.k.a. resumes — […]

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Resume Advice

A Self-Confessed Resume Freak’s Thoughts about Bad Resumes from Good People

I admit that I’m a resume freak. Resumes are one of my passions. I think that a great resume is one of the biggest and best weapons in your job search. And I’ve seen a lot of them. A whole lot of them. As an executive recruiter, I’d say that I read about a hundred […]

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A Look in the Mirror

A Look in the Mirror Brings Big Rewards

I haven’t formally launched my book yet, because there are still a lot of details to sort out with online sales and systems, but I’ve already sold a bunch of copies just to friends who’ve been watching for it, just through word of mouth. I confess that I waited anxiously for feedback from people to […]

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