Get a Better Job: Choose the Right Resume Achievement Statements

What would you say if I told you that you could be happier on your next job if you did one simple thing on your resume? Give more resume real estate to projects and responsibilities you LIKE doing, and less to tasks you don't like. This technique of highlighting what you want to do next...more »

22 Examples of Certificates in Resume Education Sections

If you have certificates or credentials you want to list on your resume, where should you list them? The two most common places are: In the Education section (see examples below), OR In a Certifications section (see Examples of Resume Certifications Sections) Both ways of listing certificates are correct, so you can choose whichever one...more »

7 Examples of Resumes With Certification Sections

There are a few ways to list certifications on a resume. To figure out which is best for your resume, think about how many certifications you want to list and how relevant they are to your job objective. Do you want to shine a spotlight on them, or simply list them on your resume? Also...more »

Should I Point Out My Career Change in a Cover Letter?

Changing your career? If so, you're not alone. Many Americans change careers several times during their adult lives. But even though career change is common, it’s still an issue for some employers. For that reason, you need to consider how you're going to deal with your current career change in your cover letter. There are...more »

College Coursework But No College Degree in Resume Education Section

If you went to college but didn't complete your degree program, how should you handle that no-college-degree issue in the Education section of your resume? You most likely want to get credit for having attended college without highlighting that you didn't receive a degree. And you definitely should not lie on your resume — for example,...more »

Tattoos on Your Resume... Isn't That Kinda Personal?

Why on earth would you ever mention anything about having (or not having) tattoos on your resume? Isn't it a "rule" not to include such personal info on your professional resume? Yes, that is the rule of thumb, and I usually stand by that rule, but when I reviewed Jane's resume, I saw a benefit...more »

I'm Currently Unemployed. Should I Mention That in My Cover Letter?

You're currently unemployed. Should you talk about that in a cover letter? Or is it better to avoid the "unemployment" issue with the hope that it will not be noticed by a potential employer? Most of us have taken time off during our careers—sometimes by choice, sometimes not by choice. In either case, no matter...more »

93 Examples of What a Resume Heading Format Should Look Like

Because your resume may be your first chance to make a good impression on a recruiter or employer, and your resume heading is at the very top of your resume, you'll want to have a heading that looks professional and contains all the right info. Check out these examples of what a resume heading should...more »

Examples of What Info Goes in a Resume Heading

Your resume heading is important and should contain all the necessary info for an employer or recruiter to contact you. It's also helpful in some cases for that info to convey a little more about you, such as where you live (for example, what state or area within that state). Depending on your comfort level...more »

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 »

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