New Grad: Beware of These Resume Assumptions


Recent grads or soon-to-be graduating students face an exhilarating next chapter. Most already have planted career seeds along the university journey, learning practical skills through the classroom, internships, part-time jobs, volunteer activities and sports affiliations.

Taking advantage of your already honed skills and abilities while also fanning the flame of passions helps to fuel a powerful resume story.

However, many graduates fall short when constructing their career vessel. Assumptions often weaken the opportunity to build a strong, interview-landing resume that will outperform your competitor. Following are three assumptions you will want to avoid and how to circumvent them:

Assumption #1

The “I don’t have any real experience” assumption. Thinking this way diminishes the real thought work and effort involved in articulating your meaningful value.


Most graduates have compiled enough experience and results to fill a small book. To hone that experience, you must first dissect your day-to-day. Start with your most recent year of school. Did you carry a full course load? How many hours? What was the most difficult class, and why? Did you perform group projects? Case studies? Did you work a part-time job (on- or off-campus) or an internship? What was your role? Did you perform in a customer-facing role? What did clients say about your work and your service?

Did you learn to use specific software applications? Which ones? Did you learn how to analyze problems better? What types of problems? How did you fix specific issues? Did you get a chance to manage people or projects? What was the outcome? Did you have to work fast and efficiently to meet deadlines at work while also juggling coursework and grades? How did you adapt to ensure you got everything done? What systems did you employ? What tasks were you complimented for? What did you do that made you feel empowered, and ‘in the zone?’

You get the drift? You’ve done a lot, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Continue reading here: Resume Tips for New Grads.

Melding Words With Passion + Hopeful Determination in 2016

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I feel words.

Sometimes, a thought will bubble up and linger, lightly.

Other times, it smacks me in the face, like icy wind on a bitter-cold winter day.

The palpability of language is both soothing and overwhelming.

It calms frayed nerves, spurs to action, drowns in despair, soothes, encourages, accompanies through grief and empowers.
Each year for the past several, I have participated in a “three words” exercise sparked by Chris Brogan.  He suggests choosing three words that can be “packed with depth.” Several of my friends engage, for a convivial experience. I always anticipate what they will publish.

In 2015, after just one month, two of my three words, for lack of cultivation, withered. While I regained momentum on all three words late last fall and will continue to implement them in the new year, I was not as fully entwined with my words as in prior years. This year, I’m determined to meld words with passion and hopeful determination to ensure they blossom.

Unveiling, I present my 3 words for 2016:

Health. Without it, listlessness and unmotivated behavior bog down. With it, energy and verve enable. Today, and tomorrow, are founded on physical strength and vitality combined with a soulfully, intellectually and spiritually developed mind.

In 2016, I recommit to whole health.

Trust. As in, trust oneself. Confidence propels forward to complete writing and other professional and personal tasks and projects with vigor and expediency. Eradicate–through daily action–emotional shackles that impair momentum by wholly believing in personal capabilities. Don blinders and earmuffs from the collateral noise, and forge joyfully ahead. I think I can; I know I can. Ignore the rest.

In 2016, I plan to discipline my actions that reinforce habits of self-trust.

Intimate. Be gracious and committed to intimacy with trustworthy others. Unfurl the sails and navigate away from negativity and those who purvey it; not everyone is likable, a good personality fit or feels a reciprocal kinship. That is okay.

In 2016, I will endow intimate energy selectively, and with gusto.
As mentioned above, two of my three words from 2015 withered. However, I was able to maintain the bloom on one word, “poetry.” In the thick of challenges – sometimes rife with pure joy or stress or moments of dolefulness – I often turned to poetry to express those feelings. My latest rhyme, penned just days ago, aligns with new year goals around empowering through action. As such, if I were allowed a fourth word in this exercise, that word would be, “behavior.”

My Poem
Saddle up,

The new year beckons,
Tick tock, counting down the seconds.
You may not control your neighbor,
You may not control the weather,
But whither you arise, from wherever
You start your day,
You control your own behavior,
You can plot your own fairway.

What three words will buoy you in 2016? Please share with me in the comments.

This post originally was published on LinkedIn.

I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career.

How to Stay Focused During the Marathon of Career Change


There’s a lot of talk about revving up your career in the New Year. While reinvigorating goals in January is an exciting endeavor, problems arise when excitement wanes, and the real work of job search sets in.

So, how you do keep the embers of enthusiasm burning over the long haul of career change? How do you perpetuate that invigorating New Year feeling while methodically and planfully executing your plan?

Following is a list of some building block steps as well as ideas to help you stay focused and energized as you participate in your career change marathon. Click my full article on Glassdoor to read the descriptions on how to implement each action step: 7 Steps to a Better Career in the New Year.

1. Make a Career Change Plan.

2. Schedule Action Steps In Your Calendar.

3. Write Out the Sub-Steps of Each Action.

4. Be Accountable to Someone Other Than Yourself.

5. Start Telling People About Your Goals.

6. Be Prepared to Pivot.

7. Stay Calm.

I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career. Contact me at

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