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Phrases To Kill Your Search

Phrases To Kill Your Search

In my travels, I get to hear and see a lot of elevator pitches, marketing messages, sales pieces, cover letters, résumés, engagement bios, etc.  Most of these include phrases that range from meaningless to unhelpful to seriously detrimental to any attempt to market yourself or your practice. Over the next several weeks, I’m going to publish …

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Flaws In Your Résumé or Background

I was reading Abby Kohut’s excellent book, Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets, and came across this statement: “Prepare a good reason for any gaps on your resume in addition to an explanation of what activities you were involved in that may have enhanced your career, including personal activities. Gaps are typically not the reason …

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Phrases to Kill Your Search, #3

“I’m a results-oriented professional…” or this variation: “Proven results in…” These are used all the time in résumés and cover letters, or even in oral 30-second pitches…and they do absolutely nothing for you. Remember the adult voices on all the Charlie Brown specials, how they were purposely designed not to be understood?  That’s basically what …

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The Power Of Thank You Notes

My son ran into his High School AP Biology teacher at the grocery store yesterday.  George was thrilled to see him, and told him how much he appreciated the thank you card Michael sent him for writing a recommendation letter in support of Michael’s scholarship application.  George went on to say, “Out of the hundreds of …

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