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4 Essentials For A Winning Resume


Great-Resume-Tips-300x297It’s time for that transition you’ve been waiting for! A new position opened up that you’ve been eyeing for months now. You’ve worked up the ranks, gained experience, and you’re ready to make the next move. So you click to apply…

“Please submit resume and cover letter”

Uh-oh. Resume? Cover letter? When was the last time you looked at those? 2005?

Well then, lets start fresh! You’ll find that there are various different ways to produce a solid resume, but no matter which you choose, there are 4 characteristics every resume should have.

If you really want that new position, your resume must be:

  • Organized
  • Readable
  • Concise
  • Attractive


First things first, at the top of your resume you should place an objective. What goal are you trying to accomplish with your resume?

Your resume should be split up into sections so it is easy to navigate. Group like information together, have a column for work experience, one for awards, and one for education (or whatever you hope to include).

List items in chronological order, or in order of most relevance to the job you are applying.

When writing out all your information each block should follow the same format. For example :


Position held………………………………………………………………(Start-End Date)

Company at which employed

Description of job you held at place for so many years and were so great at, that now you’re applying to a new job. Or you hated it and you writing down all the dumb tasks you did and responsibilities you wish you wouldn’t have had.

 In the example, emphasis is put on the position held and its duration. However, if you worked at the same company for many years you might want to write all jobs held there under one header. Whichever way you would like to organize your information, make sure it follows the same format so it is easily read. This leads to our 2nd characteristic….


Readable… isn’t it legible? Nope sorry, not the same thing. Hopefully you typed your resume, if that’s the case, legibility will be the least of your worries. Organization and readability go hand in hand. Quick tip: Splitting your text into columns allows your audience to have an enjoyable and easy reading experience. Why’d you think newspapers and magazines just don’t go straight across? It allows for speedy and more willing reading.

Font size, everyone’s worst nightmare. Here are words to live by: 14pt is too big, 8pt is too small, but 10pt is jusssttttt rightttt. Fun fact: Newspaper font is usually 9pt font, anything smaller than that, we’re going to need a magnifying glass to find out about you. We’re also not reading a tween novel here, your potential employer doesn’t want to see giant font on your resume. Much like font size, font style is important too. Pick something clean but still reflects you and the job you’re applying for. (Cambria, Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman) whether its serif (with the tails, Times New Roman) or sans serif (without the tails, Arial) pick a font that is most appropriate for your industry.


Brief but informative summaries. It’s true, your resume only needs to be one page long. So cut irrelevant positions, and extraneous information. Use this one page limit as a benefit to show the best side of you in the least amount of words.


Whelp, if you’ve been taking this advice thus far,your resume is already lookin’ pretty fancy! Organization, style consistency, and readability are all great tools to helping your resume get the updated facelift it needs. Printing on nice paper can also be a benefit during an in-person interview. Here’s a little secret, using paper with a watermark shows you went the extra mile to up your “fanciness”

Here are some extra tips:

If you’re sending your resume electronically send it as a PDF, NEVER A WORD DOCUMENT. If you do that…bam, garbage, done with you.

If you’ve been out of school for 10+ years, you might want to think about putting your education at the bottom of your resume, if its even going on it at all. That’s not your main selling point anymore, you have years of experience behind you, advertise that first. If your potential employer wants to know where you went to school or which degrees you have, they’ll find out.

Don’t use strange colors on your resume, stick to blacks and grays.

Finally, your cover letter should say what your resume can not. Don’t use it as a summary, use it as a chance for the employer to learn about you and how you can be asset to them. Your resume is that extra padding of facts, but your cover letter should sell you.


How Internet Independent are you?

Social Media Addition Some count sheep and some count Facebook likes when they can’t sleep at night…which one are you?

Well if you found yourself attempting to scroll the pages of your newsfeed endlessly on morning of July 17 you may have experienced something unfamiliar, there was a 30 minute Facebook outage that displayed an error message, “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.” First thought, refresh the page…second thought, panic. Will I ever get to see Paula’s adorable cat again? Will I ever find out how my past classmates turned out? We live in an electronic age where we’ve become dependent upon Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Our generation has become a ‘sharing generation’ and without the ability to like, post, and comment we often feel lost.

What Small Business Owners Should Know About TLDs

coolcatLet’s face it: it’s hard to stand out in the vast landscape of the Internet of today, especially when it comes to your web address. If your business (like most) was a little slow to the .com game, your URL might leave a lot to be desired. For years, the Internet has been limited to just 22 generic top-level domains like the familiar .com, .net, and .org. Besides country domains (such as .jp for Japan or .ca for Canada), general-purpose domain choices have been very narrow.

10 Fun, Free, Fully Responsive WordPress Themes for Your Business

Responsive WordPressWe’ve written extensively about the importance of responsive design (and here, here, and here). Increasingly, it’s not enough to just have a website these days. Businesses are expected to have a website that effortlessly formats for wide range of screens and different devices. Why? Because, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’re in the midst of a mobile revolution.

Google My Business: A New Tool for Local Businesses & Brands

Google-My-BusinessGoogle revealed a major update for small and local businesses with the introduction of Google My Business. The new service enables businesses to create a single dashboard from which to manage core Google marketing products.

Think rudimentary CRM platform: businesses will be able to easily update information across Google, from listings to map placements, from customer service to marketing outreach. The service will also make it easier than ever before to gain visibility within the Google ecosystem. Google describes the service as a “free and easy way to find and connect with your people, wherever you are”. Of course users will need a Google Account to gain access to the service.

Are Employees Stealing from Your Business?

dishonestyNo small business owner wants to believe employees are stealing from his or her small business—and thankfully, most workers are diligent, hardworking and honest. Nevertheless, employee theft is a major problem for American businesses. U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates put the costs of employee theft at more than $50 billion a year.

What constitutes employee theft? Broadly speaking, it can include everything from embezzling funds and stealing business-owned merchandise or property to lifting twenty-dollar bills from a cash register. As a small business owner, you have to learn to recognize the warning signs that theft or other forms of dishonest behavior is occurring in your business.

Facebook to Unveil New Feature to Empower Small Business

facebook-logoFacebook announced Thursday it’s testing a new feature for small and medium-sized businesses across the country. The feature, for now called the ‘Buy’ button, will allow users to purchase products directly from their News Feed, permitting impulsive online shoppers to buy instantly from businesses’ Facebook pages, without being redirected to the merchant’s website or app.

The feature is currently being beta-ed amongst a very, very small group; a Facebook spokesman claimed less than five companies are currently testing the feature. Businesses can embed the Buy button on their Page post or in Facebook ads, the button will be available on both mobile and desktop versions of Facebook.

Apple & IBM Join Forces

appleIBMOn Tuesday, Apple announced an agreement with IBM that signals the tech giant’s occupation of the enterprise market. Utilizing each company’s respective strengths, the plan is to build business apps and professional software that matches the quality and simplicity of Apple’s consumer applications. Apple will sell its devices (which will come preloaded with newly developed enterprise software) to IBM’s corporate customers, and also provide on-site support. IBM plans to make more than 100,000 employees available for the Apple initiative, which will develop more than 100 new apps for various industries.

Mobile Payments On The Rise

mobile paymentEven though the mobile payments movement is only in its frontier stages, it’s grown rapidly in recent years with worldwide payments reaching $163.1 billion in 2012. That figure jumped to $235.4 billion by the end of 2013 (Gartner). A recent Nielsen report about the state of the industry sheds light on the particularities of this growing trend.

Top 10 Kickstarter Blockbusters

kickstarterbuttonKickstarter’s democratized, all-or-nothing approach to raising capital has made it a top dog in the minds of startups looking to fund creative efforts. By allowing individuals to pledge unspecified amounts of money toward various imaginative projects, it has become an attractive avenue for startups looking to sidestep the venture capitalist and appeal directly to consumers. Since its launch in 2009, over 6 million people have pledged over $1 billion, backing more than 65,000 Kickstarter projects.

In its brief five-year history, Kickstarter has given the world some gems. Here are the top 10 highest-grossing Kickstarter Campaigns:

1.) Pebble Technology | Smartwatch