Should I Use .doc or .docx Word File Format for My Resume and Cover Letter?

For a long time I recommended sending your resume or cover letter formatted as a .doc file, with the .doc extension; for example, susan-ireland-resume-technical-support.doc. Well, times have changed, and I now recommend sending your resume or cover letter formatted as a .docx file, with the .docx extension; for example, susan-ireland-resume-technical-support.docx. Also see: Should I Send...more »

Time to Update Your Resume, Job Reference Sheet, and LinkedIn Profile

From time to time it's good to update your resume, job reference sheet, and LinkedIn profile, even if you're not looking for a new job. What better time to do it than at the beginning of a new year? Here are three checklists to help you out. Update Your Resume Even if you're not looking...more »

Is My Resume's Job Objective Statement Too Long?

Good question! Before answering it, though, let’s first talk a little bit about the job objective statement, and why it is such a helpful and crucial part of your resume. Note: Job objective statements are not necessary for all resumes or all job seekers. For help figuring out if you need one on your resume,...more »

Job Objective Statement: Should I Include the Company Name?

If you know what company you want to work for, should you include that company name in your resume job objective statement? Or, would that make you look like you're kissing up to the company? << Index of Sample Job Objective Statements Assuming you are qualified for the job you seek, here's what an employer...more »

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