1st Rate Blog

Has Your Resume Stopped Working?

It's time for a new model If I wrote your resume sometime in the past 15 years, and it worked well for you, chances are you started tweaking and updating it yourself. Or maybe not. Either way, once the clock starts ticking on that resume, it will be out of date in a...

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Trust your gut feeling

I tell clients all the time, the purpose of the job interview is not to land the gig at all costs. The purpose of a job interview is to find out if you want to work for the company and the hiring manager. If you pay close enough attention, you can figure out...

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Scan the Headlines

It's what we do. Every day. Whether it's a Facebook news-feed or a newspaper, headlines help decide what we want to spend our time reading, or whether we should move on to another topic of interest. With resumes, it's no different. Recruiters need to know within mere...

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Experience Matters

In any career, it takes time to get up to speed to learn your craft. Years ago, when I first moved to a new town in Arizona, my mom took me to a new dentist. He was right out of dental school and reasonably priced. But even at 13 years old, I noticed he took a long...

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Welcome back to Standard Time

This is our nation's last week of the season on Daylight Saving Time (DST). That's right, Saving time, not Savings time to which it is commonly and incorrectly referred. It's that crazy time of year when everyone is buzzing along in good spirits, and WHAM! Darkness on...

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Is Your Resume 1st Rate, or Out of Date?

It's Update Your Resume Month again, and a reminder to anyone who writes their own: There have been changes over the past several years that can now bring your job search to a screeching halt; even if that resume worked wonders in the past. Here are five simple tips...

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Are you ready to to jumpstart your job search?