He should find a job with that in mind. He's working toward—and shouldn't lose sight of—an end goal that is already in hand. That said, he's not the first to have that lag between hire and approval when it comes to a government role, so he just needs to find something that flexible that will pay the bills between now and then. And that's not necessarily easy to do unless he takes a step back a bit from his internal expectations.Read More
In the din of everyday life, I don't actively think much about résumé grammar and spelling. I've done this work now for more than twenty years, so it's a part of the fabric of my work rather than something I obsess about or ponder.
Still, when a hiring entity or recruiter looks at a résumé for the first time, or a person solicits a friend's opinion about the résumé they're writing, grammar and spelling are among the standouts a first-time reader notices (and feels qualified to remark on).
Here's Mark's follow-up article: Résumé tips: How to fix grammar and spelling.
Ever fallen in love with a word or phrase, only to discover that everyone else is loving it, too? A word we all seem to be loving a bit too much right now is "amplify," so it's only a matter of time before it ranks on one of the interweb's "most overused business phrases" lists.Read More
The Job Description Analysis was born out of frustration, honestly. In 2009, a client gave me a spate of job descriptions for which he felt qualified, but they didn't hold a cogent through-line when I considered the entirety of his career. In fact, feelings rarely tell the whole story, nor lead to coherent decisions.Read More
I field two to four new business calls every day, mostly from executive to mid-career professionals looking to quietly work through what their futures might hold if they nosed around a bit.
In nearly every instance, they express embarrassment about their out-of-date résumés. Understandable, since they've been busy doing the work—not nursing a piece of paper.Read More