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3 Tips to Improve Your Resume Now

Patra Frame reviewing resumes

Patra enjoying resume reviews.

What were the top three take-aways from the resume reviews at recent ClearedJobs.Net Cleared Job Fairs?

Tip 1: Get Critical Info Right Up Top

The top third of the first page is ‘ golden’  space to sell yourself so a hiring manager or recruiter will look at your resume more fully and contact you. Yet many cleared resumes buried security clearances, PMP certification, and other vital information deep within the resume. Far too many led off with a self-focused objective, instead of highlighting relevant experience and achievements in a short Professional Summary.

Put your security clearance at the top along with…

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Fix These 3 Errors to Improve Your Cleared Resume

3 Cleared Resume ErrorsAll resumes are basically an ad for you. Take a look at advertisements in your field or for consumers – note how they are trying to capture attention with short, active words and clear presentation.

Your cleared resume needs to capture attention like a great ad and show you as the best match for the job you want. Thus it needs to be tailored for the field and company and job. Use your past achievements as they relate to your future work goals – and skip all the other stuff you have done.

Error 1: Resume Length

Right now there is a lot of push for the one-page resume and…

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How to Handle Employment Gaps

Employment GapsOnce upon a time, the main employment gaps were among mothers returning to the work force. But now, such gaps are fairly common. More men are taking on family care, middle career people and retiring military are taking sabbaticals, it’s not as easy to roll from one contract to another as it used to be, and all ages are going to school or battling unemployment.

Employers are more willing to accept such gaps if they see an explanation and understand what you have done to maintain your skills and add new ones. Ideally you have done such things all along or have started doing them as a part of your…

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3 Marketing Tips to Successful Cleared Job Search

successful cleared job searchJob search is not a ‘fun’ project for most of us. Few people really understand that they are selling themselves. You need to look at job search as if it is a marketing plan. Because, yes, it is.

First: What are you selling to what audience

Focusing on exactly what you want to do next is a basic step in job search. Too many people just assume that if they are in job E, the next job is job F. But is that really what you want to do? Try this exercise:

  1. List the specific things you love to do most in your work and volunteer or community activities.

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3 Interviewing Tips for Transitioning Military

URS talking to a transitioning military service memberMany military members have difficulty in interviews. In various programs, I have heard those who were sure that they were “too intense” for civilians when interviewing and those who worried about whether they could answer questions effectively.

In mock interviews with transitioning military many coaches find few who can present their skills and knowledge in terms the hiring manager will understand. In talking with recruiters and hiring managers, this same problem is commonly mentioned.

Tip 1: Learn the Language

It is your job to translate your past into the future you want. As you study the work you seek to do next, look at the words that are used. Read…

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