3 Ways to Make Hobbies Show You’re the Best Candidate

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Last time, I wrote about critical job skills that can help you advance your career and the hobbies that build these skills. Today, I’m going talk about how to make hobbies show you’re the best candidate. Not all hobbies though. Consider only hobbies that: Are directly related to the position you’re pursuing. Show you have

31 Transferable Skills You Didn’t Know You Can Include in Your Resume

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Have you ever just known that if you could get in the door, you’d be great at a job your resume says you’re unqualified for? Yep, me too. But there is a way to make an employer notice you, and it’s one that early-career STEM professionals frequently don't know about. It’s called “transferable skills.” Transferable

How to Sail Through Resume Scanning Software

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Submitting your resume online can often feel like skimming stones on a lake: out it goes into a vast unknown only to sink and sit, under the current, undisturbed, unnoticed... You can't make businesses acknowledge your application. But you can control whether your resume makes its way through HR’s resume scanning software, and that's an

Don’t Undersell Yourself. Showcase Your Value Instead

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kyle is in-the-stratosphere bright. By the time he finished 8th grade, he had a full ride for as much post-secondary education as he wanted to pursue up to the age of 30. Pretty impressive. When I first met Kyle, he had just received his undergraduate degree from one of America's most prestigious colleges -- with

How Hiring Managers Choose Who to Interview

Monday, July 10, 2017

Did you know that typical job postings receive 250 resumes on average? That number can rise into the thousands too, when the economy is sluggish. It’s a lot of competition, and yet, candidates do make it through and get hired. How do they do it? They understand how hiring managers choose who to interview. And then

Show Hiring Managers What Makes You the Best Candidate

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I clearly remember a very anxious summer not long ago, when I just couldn’t find the right person to fill a key position. So when a colleague told me that someone she held in high regard had submitted his resume, I was excited. Except it turned out I had already rejected him. I never saw

This Resume Update Will Make You More Competitive

Monday, September 19, 2016

A resume update is part documentary and part creative piece. Your background and accomplishments form the documentary, and how you choose to describe them is your creative work. Shift From "What" to "How" Your goal is to update your resume in a manner that tells the hiring manager more than just what you did. Tell

Updated Resume Format For Recent Grads

Monday, August 22, 2016

It is estimated that 70% of STEM grads have at least one STEM parent, and that means there is no shortage of parental advice on kicking off your own STEM career. Much of it may be very good, but don't accept resume advice if your parent hasn't changed jobs often over the years. It's very