Archive for January, 2009

Beating around the bush

Salary negotiation can be scary. And with the latest job market – where people are getting laid off left and right – it’s even scarier right¬† now.

Lots of people are being passed up for raises. Companies are in “hiring freezes” and often times the higher people are paid, the quicker they are to let go of you. It’s hard to tip-toe around numbers when it comes time for a job offer.

If you ever wondered what to do when someone asks you your salary requirements, please read this article by Penelope Trunk.

She does a great job of providing alternate responses to the dreaded question of “How much?”

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January 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Colette’s Resume

Colette sent me an email after seeing some of my Resume Rehab blog posts. She is getting ready to apply to grad school and needed to get her resume ready.

She already had lots of great information on her resume – lots of great work and volunteer experience.¬† I simply edited it down and rearranged it a little bit. Some of the things I did included removing articles like “a, an, the” and redundancies like mentioning the organization’s name in your responsibilities. You’ll also see that I limited the resume to one page. This will also help keep the reader’s attention. Finally, I did some text formatting work to maximize space and ease of reading.

If she wanted, she could flip-flop the Professional Experience and the Education sections. Putting Education lower on the resume de-emphasizes the fact that you are a recent graduate and puts more of a focus on your work experience.

Best of luck to Colette in grad school land!

Colette’s Resume

January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Coming soon: Colette’s resume

Been working hard on a new resume for Colette, a recent graduate with lots of community involvement and volunteer experience preparing for graduate school applications. Stay tuned for the final draft!

January 13, 2009 at 4:22 am Leave a comment