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Resumes and Job Interviewing Contributor Martin Yate


Successful careers don't happen by accident. New York Times bestseller and professional resume writing expert Martin Yate CPC is the author of 17 Knock Em Dead career books, each addressing a different aspect of resume writing, job search, and career management; his work is published in 63 foreign language editions.

Articles by Martin Yate

LinkedIn and Your Resume

  • Do You Need a Resume AND a LinkedIn Profile?
    LinkedIn has transformed networking and how smart professionals of every age find jobs and leverage careers. It has also transformed the way recruiters find talent. Some "experts" are saying that with a LinkedIn profile you don't need a resume. Is this true? Simply put, no! Each has a specific and fully differentiated role to play in a maximally effective job search.

Succeeding in the Interview Process

  • How to Handle Illegal Questions in a Job Interview
    Questions at job interviews are meant to address your ability to do the work. Questions that delve into your personal life are deemed illegal. Nevertheless, illegal questions do get asked. They can make you uncomfortable and can negatively impact your interview performance. That is something you want to avoid because your ability to turn interviews into offers is probably not one of your greatest strengths.
  • The Smartest Strategy for Timing Your Next Job Interview
    There are good times to interview and bad times to interview. Determining the best times to schedule your job interview requires understanding the psychology of hiring managers.
  • How to Leverage Body Language in Interviews
    All species communicate with body language, and as humans we developed this communication skill before speech. Everyone constantly gathers information from visual clues in all interactions, both consciously and unconsciously. When a person's body language agrees with their spoken word, we believe what is being said. When it doesn't … questions are raised.
  • Win the Job Offer Even with a Bad Interviewer
    Everyone has left an interview feeling they could do the job but that the interviewer didn't ask the questions that would allow them to showcase their skills. This problem could cost you a job offer.

Unemployed Job Seekers

  • How to Handle Employment Gaps on Your Resume
    A resume without employment dates considerably underperforms a resume with dates. This means that if you want to get job interviews you need to use dates in your resume. Employment dates are some of the facts most frequently checked by employers.

Cover Letters

  • Are Cover Letters a Waste of Time in a Job Search?
    There have been claims recently that cover letters are a waste of time and that you'll get more interviews if you stop using them. A study also came out that implied the exact opposite: it said that "only" 93% of hiring managers like to see a cover letter with a resume. No wonder you're confused. Let's clear up that confusion.
  • What Should Your Cover Letter Contain?
    There are really two steps in the creation of a polished cover letter. The first happens now. You want to make sure that all the things that should be included are, and that all the things that shouldn't, aren't. On the fence about sending a cover letter?
  • Executive Briefing Cover Letters
    Cover letters can kill opportunities or create them. When Opportunity Knocks...


Guide to Effective Resumes

  • Resumes for the Unemployed and Overqualified
    When you started your career the problem was that no one wanted entry-level candidates. Now, when you have a wealth of experience, the problem has reversed itself. The challenge now becomes what to do in a job search when you are rejected, not for lack of experience but for too much experience.
  • Returning to Work After Caring for a Parent
    Most people express no regrets about taking a career hiatus to provide eldercare for a loved one. But once their parent transitions, they are faced with a lot of questions about how to re-enter the workforce.
  • New Requirements for Resume Success
    An effective resume is a finely tuned document that has to pack a lot of relevant information into a limited amount of space. It cannot simply be a recitation of your work history. This isn't your father's resume, because that strategy no longer has traction.
  • Why a General Work-History Resume Doesn't Work Now
    Your resume will not work if it is too general and too unfocused. It is a big mistake to omit the critical step of understanding exactly what the customer is buying and customizing what you have to offer to their expressed needs.
  • Integrating Your Professional Brand into Your Resume
    Your professional brand is communicated throughout your resume, but especially with opening and closing brand statements. The first place you begin to establish a professional brand is with your target job title - where you consciously decide on the job that best allows you to package your skill-sets and create a professional brand.
  • What Recruiters and Hiring Managers Want in a Resume
    Recruiters want to fill a job opening as quickly as possible and get on to the next assignment. Hiring managers similarly want to hire someone as quickly as possible and get back to their work. Your resume is the tool that gets you in the door.
  • Why 95% of Resumes Don't Get Read and What You Can Do About It
    Ninety-five percent of resumes today never get read, and the reason is surprising: it's because they are honest recitations of everything the resume writer has done and thinks important. Let's look at why this doesn't work.
  • 4 Killer Tactics to Get Your Resume Read
    Standing out from the crowd and being memorable are the keys to moving forward in a tough job market.
  • Supercharge Your Response to Six Key Phrases on Job Postings
    Understanding the secret language of job postings can supercharge your resume, your cover letter, and your answers to interview questions.
  • Keyword Secrets to Get Your Resume Noticed
    No recruiter ever searches a resume database or reads resumes for the fun of it. Whenever they search for resumes, job titles and skill sets from the formal Job Description make up their primary search terms. Here are five secrets that will dramatically improve your resume's results.
  • To Change Industries, Make These 5 Tweaks to Your Resume
    All companies and all industries develop unique priorities, language, and "ways of doing things" as a natural response to the challenges presented by the services they provide or products they deliver. Consequently, every company you approach is engaged in challenges specific to its industry, and when you want to change your industry sector as part of a strategic career move, you and your resume should reflect an understanding of the new target industry's issues and challenges.

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