Professional Resume Advice from Beth Brown, Senior Resume Writer

Need some good professional resume advice? Take a look at what Beth Brown has to say about resume problems, writing, and formatting.

Beth Brown is the Senior Resume Writer on Susan Ireland's Resume Team. She has been writing resumes since 1995 for job seekers of all occupations and levels of employment. She's seen it all and she really knows her stuff!

Resume Advice from Resume Professional, Beth Brown

Do I Really Need a Summary Section on My Resume?
I know, I know. The Summary section on your resume takes up valuable space on the page. Including this section on your resume might seem unimportant, irrelevant, or a waste of precious space. So when job seekers ask me, “Do I really need to include a Summary section on my resume?” I almost always give this answer... Continue...

Is My Chronological Resume Format Hurting Me?
David thinks his chronological resume format could be hurting his job search. With all the dates sticking out, it's pretty clear he's been laid off a lot, moved from one state to the next, and even changed careers. Can you relate? In this job market, many people have suffered the same fate. Here's David's question, along with a great answer by Beth Brown. Continue...

I'm 52. How Do I Make a Resume for a Career Change?
Peggy wrote us with a question about changing careers at age 52 and how to write a resume to make that happen. I passed the question to my senior resume writer, Beth Brown. Take a look at Peggy's question and Beth's answer. Continue...

What Should I Do? Cancer Caused a Job Gap on My Resume
If you have a work history gap on your resume because you had a major illness, you may be wondering how to address it on your resume. Amy wrote us with the following question about how to handle her stint with cancer. Continue...

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. Continue...

Employment Gap on Returning Military Vet’s Resume
Many US military veterans have a period of unemployment when their service is completed and they return to civilian life, especially if they have been injured or have an illness. Kimberly asked us how to handle this problem on a military-to-civilian resume. Continue...

Relocating. What Address Should Go in My Resume Heading?
Gary is relocating to another state in hopes of finding a job. He wants to send his resume in advance but doesn't know what address to put in the heading of his resume. Here's Gary's question, followed by three options for how to handle his address. Continue...

A Cover Letter for Sending a Letter of Recommendation
Has this happened to you? After you send your resume to an employer, you find something else you wished you'd sent her, like a really good reference letter from a former boss. You don't want to look unorganized and you certainly don't want to bug her with lots of emails, but you really want to send her that letter! So what could you say in that cover letter for your letter of recommendation that would make a good impression? Continue...

bethBeth Brown is the senior resume writer on Susan Ireland's Resume Team and co-author of The Damn Good Resume Guide.