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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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4 Keys to an Effective Job Board Resume

Think like a recruiterIt’s the job seeker’s golden rule: If you want to be found, think like a recruiter.

Nowhere is this more true than with job boards such as ClearedJobs.Net.

Unfortunately many candidates don’t understand how job boards work, or how recruiters use them. This leads to many a qualified candidate going unseen by recruiters and hiring managers. Follow the golden rule, however and you’ll have a leg up on the competition.

Many job seekers are surprised to learn that job boards are more than just a collection of job postings. Recruiters are also paying to have access to the database of job seeker resumes. There are actually many organizations that don’t…

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6 Job Search Strategies for the Holidays

Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder and JoyThe holidays are here, but don’t stop your job search. Just change it!

The holidays are in full swing and that puts a different twist on your cleared job search. It’s true that the holidays are a hectic time of year. And that puts extra challenges on your job search. It seems that…

- No one will take your calls,
- You don’t hear back from employers, and
- You can’t get network contacts to commit to a meeting with you.

You may be tempted – in fact very tempted – to alter your daily job search routine and let holiday shopping, baking, entertaining, etc. replace sending letters…

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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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Cleared Job Fair Feedback, the Toughest and Easiest Positions to Fill

Verizon recruiter assisting a job seeker at a Cleared Job FairAt our recent Cleared Job Fairs we asked cleared recruiters several questions that cleared cleared job seekers will find of interest. We also asked Patra Frame to share with us some of the issues she saw while reviewing cleared resumes.

Do you prefer receiving a resume as a PDF or a Word document

No recruiter we spoke to expressed a preference for a PDF version of a cleared job seeker’s resume. Several said it didn’t matter, but an even larger number want to receive a Word document. The reasons vary:

“PDFs cause issues with our ATS”

“PDFs are an issue with our firewall”

What was even…

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