Resume Co-Pilot

We’ve compiled the best resume advice out there into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job.


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How to Sound Like a Hero in an Interview

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When you’re talking about yourself in an interview, the way you answer certain questions can mean the difference between getting the job and not getting the job.

Be prepared with your answers. Recruiters love to ask behavioral questions (a time when you…) so make sure you have a few good anecdotes to fall back on.

Don’t be shy! When you’re telling a story about yourself, make sure you mention the parts that make yourself look good. After all, you want to give the recruiter a good impression.

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What Not to Say During a Presentation

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There are a few phrases that presenters often say when they get up to the podium or the front of the board room, but they should probably keep those words to themselves.

Comments about the projector not working appear unprofessional and show a lack of preparation.

Also, starting by saying how nervous you are may seem like a good idea, because you’re being honest, but in actuality in turns your audience off. Be confident when you speak and people will be more likely to pay attention.

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How to Be the Most Likable Person in a Room

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Some people just naturally have charisma. But while being irresistible may seem like magic, you can learn some of their secrets to become just as likable.

Learn to read people. Instead of treating everyone the way you’d like to be treated, pay attention and discern what each individual needs and how they want to specifically be treated by you.

Avoid small talk. Stop talking about things like the weather or traffic and turn the conversation into something more interesting and meaningful.

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Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion

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It’s easy for people to give the advice to follow your passion. But sometimes following your passion isn’t what’s best for your career and for yourself.

Your passion is difficult to define. You may enjoy multiple things equally. Instead, you should focus on what you’re good at.

Your passion may change. You don’t always love the same things for your entire life. Even if you love a job now, you might feel differently in five years.

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How to Improve Your Workday Right Now

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Sometimes it can be difficult to break out of a routine. If you’re stuck in a routine, you may wonder how to solve your frustrations and be happier in your job.

Start by smiling more. When you smile more often, you’ll trick your brain into believing you are happier, and you’ll be seen as a more positive person by your co-workers.

Take a moment to clean your desk. Clutter can be a huge distraction, and when you have a clean workplace, you have a clean mind.

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How to Grab a Recruiter’s Attention

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Most recruiters spend just six seconds on a resume. That gives you very little chance to make a good impression, so you need to do everything you can to stand out.

Call attention to keywords. Use words that describe the candidate that the company is looking for and put those near the top.

Don’t call too much attention to your section headings. You don’t want to waste space on these, when other things are more important for the recruiter to see.

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Look for the Right Qualities in New Hires

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It’s difficult to know if someone is the right person for the job through just a 30-minute interview or phone call. The way to judge someone is by their character.

Look for people who have grit. These people don’t let failure get them down. Instead, they find a way to make it happen.

You should also look for people who can work collaboratively. No matter what type of environment you work in, having someone who can work well with others is always a plus.

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How to Keep the Upper Hand at Work

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When you’re in charge of a number of employees, it can be difficult to remain in charge. Try and keep all your work relationships fair and equal with a few tips.

Make money for your company. When you generate revenue, it’s an easy way to get a raise or promotion and show your value as an employee or manager.

Don’t be dependent on your job. Always keep an emergency fund on hand, just in case you have to leave the job suddenly. You might also want to consider having an entrepreneurial plan.

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How to Build a Great Portfolio

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When you’re trying to find a job, it’s more important for you to show, rather than to tell. And the best way to do that is with a killer portfolio.

First, figure out what you want to showcase. Make sure you choose to include the type of work you want to get hired to do.

Think outside the box. Just because your desired position is non-visual doesn’t mean there aren’t visual ways to represent it. Include reports, bulletins, etc. to explain some of your processes.

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How to Find a Great Mentor

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Having a mentor on your side can be a huge help in the job search process. To find and keep a good one, you need to know how to first build the relationship.

Start by knowing exactly what you want. Decide what you want out of the mentor relationship and how you want it to work before pursuing one.

Don’t make up any problems. When your mentor asks you how they can help, have an answer ready, so that you don’t have to make up a problem on the spot.

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Get a Bachelor’s Degree Online in an Unusual Field

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The range of academic pursuits is growing for online degrees. There are more opportunities now outside of health care, information technology and education.

Students can now earn a degree in fire and emergency services online. Colorado State University is now offering a program for students.

Other degrees aviation, integrative health and horticulture.

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The Skills You Need Before Applying for a Social Media Job

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There’s more to being a social media manager than just knowing how to use Facebook and Twitter. The best people for the job know how to track, measure and analyze social media efforts, and offer a number of special skills.

Social media managers need to be good communicators. They are the voice for the brand, and they know exactly how to adapt their communication based on the platform.

Creativity is also a must. And it’s not just about writing either. You need to have good visual skills as well. There’s lots of competition on social media, so you need to know how to stand out in a crowd.

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How to Help a Co-Worker Through a Personal Crisis

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It’s normal to grow close to your co-workers. After all, you do spend 40 hours a week with them. But when a co-worker is going through a personal crisis, it can be difficult to know how exactly to help them without crossing the line.

Let your colleague know you’re there for them. Be approachable, but don’t ask too many questions or pry into their life.

Don’t offer your co-worker advice, unless they specifically ask for it. You want to make them feel comforted, so don’t share your opinions.

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How to Unite Employees Into a Cohesive Team

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Sometimes when you’re working it can feel like you’re going solo, instead of contributing to a team. Take a few simple steps to ensure that your employees feel the bonds of teamwork.

Encourage team members to ask for feedback and share the progress of each project your team is working on.  Make everyone feel involved along the way.

Hold regular meetings to give your employees updates on projects. Have everyone share what they’re working on to expose any opportunities for collaboration.

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Avoid Overused Phrases in Your Resume

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The summary of your resume is the best place to showcase your best attributes and accomplishments. But there are a few overused phrases that you should avoid saying to ensure recruiters are impressed by you.

Don’t say you’re an “out-of-the-box thinker.” Too many people use this phrase without giving examples to back it up. Use the space for actual accomplishments that showcase your skills rather than giving an abstract idea.

Don’t call yourself a leader. You can’t exactly claim leadership skills without proving them. Instead point out instances or times where you’ve led others.

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What to Negotiate When Relocating for a Job

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Moving can be a hassle – even if you’re doing it for the job of your dreams. When you’re negotiating an out-of-state job, there are certain things you should ask for to make your transition easier.

Ask your company to allow you and your family to take a relocation scouting trip. These trips give you the opportunity to look for a place to live and to scout the area and get to know it better.

Temporary housing, if available, is a great benefit. Getting a one or two month housing option takes the pressure off and gives you plenty of time to find someplace more permanent.

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Consider an Online Program for Your MBA

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An online MBA program may be the perfect fit for working professionals who want to keep their day job but continue their education. But many of the top programs have a residency component that should not be dismissed.

For online MBA programs at any business school of national status, a required residency component (big or small) is predominant,” says Phil Powell, faculty chairman of Kelly Direct, Indiana Univerity’s online business school programs. “I think it has evolved as a common standard.”

One of the major benefits of online MBA programs with residencies is the networking potential.

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How to Convince Your Co-Workers You’re a Morning Person

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Not everyone is a morning person. But just cause you stay up late doesn’t mean you can get out of getting to work early in the morning. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make waking up early easier.

Try using hot and cold hydrotherapy in the shower. Turn your nozzle as cold as it goes and stand under the water for 30 seconds. Then do the same, but turn the nozzle all the way to hot. Then, always end on cold.

Exercise just for 10 minutes. Get the blood flowing with a 10-minute yoga practice or Pilates routine. You’ll feel more refreshed after doing something active.

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How to Show You’re the Perfect Fit With Your Resume

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When you’re applying for a job, it’s important to customize your resume for the specific position. But it can be tricky to know how to show that you are the one they’re looking for.

If they’re looking for a team player, be sure to highlight instances where you exhibited team work. Some words to use include “collaborate,” “participate” and “partner.”

For positions requiring leadership skills, demonstrate your ability to motivate and inspire. Key words include “supervise,” “manage” and “teach.”

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