Careers Advice

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Resumes

Fresh ideas from local experts.

Ask Matt: How can I make my résumé stand out?

Dear Matt: I always wonder what makes my résumé stand out to one company or recruiter and not another? I recently submitted my résumé to six companies and only heard back from one. Why do you think I stood out to the one company, but not the others?

Job Search

Need more ideas for your job search in these tough times?

My Job: Mark Parsons, Master Plumber, Benjamin Franklin

Mark Parsons is a Master Plumber with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Minneapolis.

Cover letters

Write a cover letter to impress the hiring manager.

Advice:

Four cover letter questions

Struggling to write a cover letter? You're not alone. Based on the dozens of inquiries I get every week on this subject, here are four common cover letter questions, with answers to guide you.

Continuing education

Education can be instrumental to career success.

Kidding Around: How to stay organized this school year

It's the first day of school and we all start with the best of intentions. How do we keep that momentum going and stay organized. More…

Interviewing

Learn how to shine in an interview.

Advice:

Give thanks, get hired

When you thank someone, be it an employer after an interview or a friend who gave you a job lead, you help satisfy their need to be appreciated. This can also propel you faster toward employment.

Networking

Many say it's the most important aspect to a job search.

Advice:

How to target hiring managers and crack the hidden job market

Fully 70-80% of jobs go unadvertised by employers, who fear being deluged by hundreds of resumes from applicants, most of whom won't be qualified. With that in mind, it makes sense to spend about 80% of your time cracking this hidden market of unadvertised jobs.

Workplace issues

Learn ways to navigate the career jungle.

Molly Priesmeyer: Getting over being busy

We're overworked and overbusy. And now new books are encouraging people to swear off "busy" for good. More…

Career profiles

Which career direction is best for you?

Advice:

How to launch your career as a how-to expert

If you have a curious mind and like learning new things, you may find success working for yourself as a how-to expert. That's the message in a new book from Bob Bly, marketer and author.