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Best Resume Format Guide for 2017

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Resume and CV trends change very quickly. Some applications need QR code or headshot, others may require a company logo. It’s rather difficult to tell which extras will grab the HR manager’s attention and help your application get noticed, and which will get it tossed out of the competition. Though certain things never go out style, and that is the format of your application document. 
The ability to distinguish which resume format is right for your application and your industry can open more doors in front of you and lead you to career success much faster. I’d like to share with you some of my job searching tips and techniques. Today at Job Searching Mom we are going to talk about how you can choose the best resume format to help your application become a marketing tool that will sell you to the prospective employer.
Resume Format 2017
The labor market is constantly growing and in 2017 it keeps booming, so the competition is very stiff. If you have a modern and clean design and stan…

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Resume

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Does it really matter if you make some resume mistakes? Of course, it does. 
In fact, if you send a seriously flawed application document, you will most likely be immediately screened out. And submitting a CV that doesn’t match the position for which you are applying is even worse than grammatical errors and typos. It will leave you out of the competition for the job. 
I’ve already shared with you some of my top tips on resume writing hacks for moms and resume writing formats here at Job Searching Mom. Today, we are going to talk about the biggest resume mistakes and best ways to avoid them.
The Biggest Resume Killers
There is no doubt that typos, grammatical errors, and misspellings are the worst resume mistakes and biggest resume killers. Remember to spell check and reread your document by placing your finger on every word or reading backward from the very end of the CV. Also, don’t be shy to ask your friend or family member to proofread it for you one more time. It pays to be prec…

What Type of Resume Format to Choose

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We’ve already discussed resume writing hacks and tips for stay-at-home moms, and now it’s time to talk about different resume types and the benefits of every format. I know how hard and tedious it is to put your application document together. Your resume is the introduction to prospective work relationships with a potential recruiter, so you need to try your best to make a wonderful first impression and get noticed. 
If you do catch the eye of the recruiter and they like your CV, you will get the chance to make a second impression during the phone call or the job interview. Otherwise, your application will end up in the trash, and we definitely don’t want this to happen. The first and the most important step towards having a great and impressive CV is to select the right format out of different resume types: chronological, functional and combination.
Chronological Resume Format
Most job hunters are familiar with the chronological type of resume. Here, you need to put your work experi…

Stay-At-Home Mom Resume: Extra Tips

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You’ve been working as a stay-at-home parent for the last several years. You’ve acquired excellent multi-tasking skills, project management, and problem-solving skills. The only problem you have is that the majority of your talents have been refined through your most recent job as a stay-at-home mom. Being a stay-at-home parent myself, I fully understand that this is probably the most challenging job on Earth. 
From my own experience, I know how hard it can be to return to the 9-to-5 workforce after working from home for a few years. How can you market yourself if you have that big employment gap in your work history? How can you persuade prospective recruiters that in spite of that you are ready and excited to go back to work? Previously I've written a post about the best resume writing hacks for moms and here are some of the tips that worked for me on how to create a resume for mom returning to work.
Update Your Resume Template
The first and the most important step towards landi…

Stay at Home Mom Resume Skills That Might Help You Get That Job

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I know how hard it is to return on the career track after being a stay at home parent. Over five million women are stay-at-home moms in the USA. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of moms decide to get back to work every year. 
Being a stay-at-home mom myself I understand how challenging it may be to stay confident and get your application noticed in spite of your employment gap. Here are my tips and insights on how to list stay at home mom skills on a resume and make sure your application documents help you sell yourself.

Emphasize Related Activities
All you have to do is to persuade the recruiters that you have experience and skills to do the job they offer, that’s why the content of your resume should market you. When you write about your years out of the paid workforce, don’t forget to mention only those activities and achievements that back up the skills necessary and relevant to your future career goal.

Many career experts and advisers state that the majority of women who a…

Best Advice for Women Breaking into a Male-Dominated Industry

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It can be a real challenge to be a woman in today’s competitive labor market – especially if you hope to start a career in traditionally male-dominated industries, such as science, finance, mathematics, or engineering. As a woman, you may face lots of challenges starting your career in one of those fields. So how can you minimize the difficulties and breakthrough in the desired field? Today I want to talk about how to inspire women in a male-dominated industry. Here are some of my top tips.

Believe in Yourself
In my opinion, the most important is to make small steps towards your dream. You should believe in yourself and be ready to take the leap. For extra motivation, you may have a look at all those women who have important positions in high finance, national politics or heavy manufacturing today. If they managed to do this, you will definitely be not the exception.

Well, being determined and believing in yourself should be your number one. Don’t be afraid to try something new or do…

Top LinkedIn Profile Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms

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You are probably reading this because you are a stay-at-home mom who wants to go back to work but doesn’t know how to reflect your current role in your resume or LinkedIn profile. And yes, this time we will be talking about how you should update your LinkedIn profile for stay at home mom. You are not the only person looking for ways to go back to work. I’ve been there and now I’d like to share my own experience as well as some career expert advice on how to get started.

ABC-Book for Moms Who Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn has come into our lives and changed the way people get hired. Nowadays, it replaces so much old recruiting work like reading trade publications, networking, or calling people. It has become one major online networking event. Many moms ask me, “Should I use LinkedIn if I am a stay at home mom?” You would be surprised to know that you can find more than 90,000 results for “stay-at-home mom” if you search on LinkedIn. This number should raise hopes in your breast because if so m…