5 Major Differences Between Winning and Losing Resumes

5 major differences between winning and losing resumesThe key to getting your foot in the door with a company is to write a winning resume. Those who write winning resumes show that they are truly interested in the position and explain why they are a good fit for the job. What are some other differences between a winning and losing resume?

1) Winning Resumes Are Concise

Nobody wants to read a cover letter that exceeds one page or read a resume that goes on forever. The goal is to tell the employer enough about yourself to get an interview without telling so much that there is nothing to talk about at the interview.

2) Winning Resumes Are Tailored for the Job Being Applied For

A hiring manager will know if you have sent a resume merely to send a resume. The cover letter should have relevant keywords and talk specifically about the company or the position being applied for. Otherwise, it will get thrown in the garbage.

3) Winning Resumes Don’t Lie or Exaggerate

Potential employers can and will do background checks on job candidates before an interview. If you lie or exaggerate on a resume, they will know about it. Even if they don’t find out, it still makes you seem insecure about yourself if you have to lie.

4) Winning Resumes Are Free From Spelling or Grammar Issues

Misspelling words or adding multiple commas where they don’t belong are the hallmarks of distracting text. If you can’t bother to proofread your work on an important document such as a resume, when can you be counted on to produce quality work?

5) Winning Resumes Are Formatted Properly

A good resume will have your contact information on the top of the first page and will flow nicely. You should start with a cover letter, follow with your professional experience and then finish with your education and other skills. This will allow the employer to see what you have done professionally and in the classroom to decide if you are worth interviewing. If you are going to use a unique or clever format, make sure that you include the pertinent information first to increase the odds of an interview. If you don’t really have an eye for resume formatting, get help from a company like AAA McKinstry Resume Services (http://www.resumeserviceorangecounty.com/services/) that can polish it up and tailor it to your industry.


The differences between a winning and losing resume can often be subtle. By sending in only your best work, you increase the odds of impressing a hiring manager and getting the chance to talk more about the job that you applied for.

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Career Advice – The Argument for Getting a Business Degree

Business DegreeMoney Watch published an article entitled 8 Reasons Not to Get a Business Degree. The idea that achieving a higher level of knowledge should be reconsidered is worth debating. There’s no greater career investment than furthering one’s education. We’d say a business degree elevates an applicant’s goals. It’s an achievement that employers take as a positive sign. They see you can set objectives and accomplish them, an attribute they want you to bring to their side of the table.

Let’s look at those eight reasons in hopes we can encourage people to think otherwise.


  1. Business majors don’t learn much in business school.
    Alongside business majors, the article argues education and social work studies don’t add much to a student’s skills, ultimately offering nothing to career advancement.
    Business is one of the most popular majors in the world. It provides extensive knowledge in commerce, finance, marketing and any number of other subjects. Why? Because business is an encompassing field that can be applied to almost any industry. A business degree opens doors to many careers.
  2. You won’t make as much money as you think.
    Individuals with business degrees don’t make a lot of money. One is likely to make more with a degree in American studies, philosophy or history.

    This could be true. The more specialized the field the more likely a better pay scale. Business majors are going to start out just like anyone else, salaries included. For the record, no studies have shown having a business degree won’t lead to a promising and lucrative career.
  3. The job market is crawling with business majors.
    One out of every five graduates is a business major. How does a candidate stand out?

    Every business major isn’t applying for every position. Hiring managers want to get the right candidate in the right spot. Not having a business degree would hurt more than not having one at all.
  4. Your quality of life could suck.
    Labor economists examined grads across a series of occupations and concluded business majors were struggling more with career and home after 15 years.

    There are many successful, wealthy business majors that have no idea how to manage a family. The biggest corporations are probably run by individuals with a business degree. There are probably as many happy business majors as there are unhappy.
  5. Majoring in business could hurt your MBA chances.
    A study says business undergrads performed poorly in MBA programs as opposed to non-business majors.

    This may be because a lot of undergrads don’t plan to enter MBA programs. They do so later and may not be prepared for the curriculum.
  6. You don’t need a business degree to work in business.
    The argument here is the only three skills that are really required are communication, analytical and teamwork skills.

    These are actually fundamental studies of business.
  7. You can make more money with an economics degree.
    Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, Diane von Furstenberg, Mick Jagger, Esther Dyson and Steve Ballmer are all economic majors.

    Among prominent business majors you can list Bob Newhart, H. Lee Scott, Kevin Costner, Mark Cuban, Diddy, Paul Purcell and Vince McMahon.
  8. Your parents want you to major in business.
    You’re less likely to succeed financially and professionally if you let yourself be pressured into a major.

    This is the only one we’d agree with. An area of study is an important life decision and should be based on what you want to do with your life.

There are far too many opportunities available when you have a well rounded, advanced education. Deciding to go to college or get a business degree online only shows a determination to improve your future overall.

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5 Tips for Using Your Existing Knowledge, Expertise & Skills as a Gateway to a New Career

Your GatewayWhat if you wanted to change careers after completing your studies or working for many years in your qualified industry? It’s never too late. You would have developed many skills and knowledge that are transferable to other industries and positions. You can use what you already know to explore other employment opportunities. Let’s have a closer look at what some of these important areas are:

  1. Time Management Skills

There are always deadlines or time-frames in which work needs to be completed for most roles. Time management not only encompasses this, but also the ability to be organised and structures. This by far one of the strongest areas you can transfer to a new job or career but putting into place the skills you know whilst learning a new position and then doing the actual job once trained up.

  1. Communication Skills

This is another beauty. You will always need to be communicating in any role you do, whether that is with colleagues or with clients, the skill set in this area can really take you places. Being a good communicator allows you to not only get your own messages across but to also listen and learn from others. This is significantly important when taking on a new career as you are quite possibly learning a large amount within the first 2 to 3 months before putting that new knowledge into practice.

  1. Training Skills

It’s just a fact of life; people take on new roles and leave those roles for various reasons. But again, no matter what industry or area you are working in, there will always be training. Through your own job travels, you would have been asked to teach someone new when they came on board, and assist with part of their development. By being the trainer, you come to understand what you need when being trained. This skill gives you the ability to help structure some of your own learning in the best way that suits your own learning patterns.

  1. Specialised Expertise

With particular qualifications and experience, you can actually branch out into a different career path. For example an electrical engineer can move on to be an Intellectual Property lawyer for that area. Or a site manager specialising in building and construction can become a University or Tafe lecturer. The sky really is the limit, and the only thing that’s in your way, is the ability to realise this.

  1. Programs & Online Resources

A large number of positions require you to learn and know how to use specific programs or access online resources. This is another skill you can transfer to your new career. They may not be identical in nature or use, but you would have used a method to learn these programs and access resources to help you do your job.


Don’t give up on following your true calling and spreading your wings to reach your maximum potential.

You really are your own road block. If you are thinking about a new opportunity, reach out to those in that field and obtain some feedback based on their real life experiences. It’s also a good way to learn about the positives and negatives of that career (no, not everything is roses!) It can definitely help you decide whether it’s worth taking that leap, and finally working in the area you have always wanted to.


Doreen Brown is a PR & Digital Analyst who is currently working with clients from various industries, including IP specialists Fisher Adams Kelly. Doreen decided to follow her true digital passion after spending many years in the financial services area. She is living proof that it’s never too late to change career paths and follow your desired dream.

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Delivering the Best Career Possible

Dream JobIs the open road calling?

There is always a demand for good quality delivery drivers, and with options ranging from local deliveries for those who want to be closer to home to long distance haulage, there are a variety of options out there for delivery drivers.

With median wages starting around $40,000 at entry level and many companies offering comprehensive benefits packages, including dental or medical, paid holidays and 401K retirement plans, delivery driving can turn into a lucrative and rewarding career for the right person.

But what about if you’re setting your sights higher?

What are the top paying jobs in the industry today? And what kind of education do you need to break into delivery driving?


Long Distance Equals Big Bucks

From local pizza delivery to the rigors of ice road trucking, the delivery driving industry is a varied one.

For those wanting to build a well-paying career in driving, it’s vital to sort the wheat from the chaff. A local delivery job might be a good start, but the real money is in longer-haul over the road driving and more specialized types of trucking.

Experienced and highly skilled drivers in these areas can make upwards of $70,000 a year.

For truckers looking to earn good money for their driving skills, these are some of the best careers in the delivery business:

  • UPS driver – experienced UPS drivers can earn a good wage (around $73,000) collecting and delivering packages. Drivers undergo extensive training to familiarize them with UPS’ way of doing things;
  • Over the road – over the road, or OTR, driving is one of the top paying jobs in the delivery industry, with companies like Walmart paying around $71,000. OTR drivers are expected to have top notch driving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to keep to a tight schedule;
  • Specialty drivers – hauling specialty materials or potentially hazardous substances takes extensive training and knowledge of current laws and policies, which means a bigger pay packet for qualified drivers;
  • Ice road truckers – these are the highest paid specialty drivers, combining a high level of skill with no small amount of bravery. An experienced ice road trucker can earn the equivalent of a year’s wages in a couple of months, due to the dangerous nature of the job and the resulting high wages;
  • Coal mine dump truck drivers – loading coal onto the truck at coal mines takes exacting skill and attention to detail. One mistake can risk partial collapse of the mine, so a steady hand and patience are requirements for this well-paid trucking job;
  • Oversize load drivers – another job that requires a lot of patience. It’s not easy to navigate oncoming traffic when hauling an oversize load, but for truckers that have the skill to do it, the rewards are good.


No Degree Necessary

Delivery and truck driving is a viable career option for people who love driving and have the physical fitness and strength to embrace life on the road. Drivers don’t require a college degree.

A love for driving is of course a necessity, and a good clean, driving record is also important. Most positions require drivers to have their CDL or commercial driving license, which can be obtained by going to a local education provider.

For those looking for experience as well as qualifications, many companies will provide CDL training on the condition that the new driver stays with them for a minimum period of one or two years.

Being a driver can have other side benefits too – those wondering does your education level impact your car insurance rates? will find that regardless of education, many trucking companies are able to team up with insurance companies to offer drivers better deals on their personal insurance, for example.


With a CDL and some experience under your belt, it’s possible to make a good living as a delivery driver or trucker.

For those who love the open road and enjoy driving, the challenges are well worth it, resulting in good pay for a well-liked job – and no college education loans to worry about, either.


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What is my Career Passion – A Question Many Employees Ask

your careerBy Vitra Singh

Several years ago, I found myself crying in the bathroom at work – a first in my professional career. I knew that months of misery on the job had reached a point of no return. While I knew it wasn’t in the job of my dreams, I thought the experience, paycheck, and job title would all be worth it.

Quitting the job had been on my mind for months. But I really couldn’t justify doing something so irresponsible in my late 20s, could I? And, what would I do if I quit? Apply for an endless roster of jobs until I got one, and then go through the whole cycle all over again?

These were the questions that had plagued me job after job. They are questions many employees ask themselves daily. But I had reached my breaking point. Within three weeks I was out of there.

I wasn’t working another job, but the free time gave me the chance to remember who I am. I explored hobbies and took opportunities that came my way. During the time, a series of questions tugged at me.

I was experienced at having jobs I was not passionate about, but what about a career I could be passionate about? How do people find or discover what they love to do? Who are people out there I can talk to and learn from when it comes to loving a job?

Following a passion I hadn’t used in years, I met and interviewed dozens of people on the topic – those who were in jobs they hated, those who were living everyday loving their jobs, HR managers, career coaches, etc.

Of the many lessons I learned, there are a few that stick out. I still think about these nuggets of wisdom on a frequent basis, always relating them to where I am on my own journey:

Being stuck in a job you don’t enjoy is like wearing the wrong shoe – it just doesn’t fit:

I always picture myself walking around the city for an entire day with a shoe that’s one size too small and one inch too high. It’s uncomfortable at first, but then it becomes downright painful.

This quote can apply to any area of life: a job, relationship, financial decision, etc. It forces me to ask myself, “Is this me? Is this what will make me feel good?” It has helped me turn down jobs that just weren’t right and take opportunities that were scary, but exciting.


Build an entourage: 

An entourage is a circle of professionals who will support you, and for whom you are expected to support as well. It’s like networking, on a slightly more intense level. It’s about being consistent with getting out there, meeting people, connecting with them, and most importantly keeping in touch. Your entourage should be people who can help and defend you willingly.

To this day, I still feel uncertain when reaching out to people I met months ago. Sometimes those months turn into a year, and then two, and the connections are lost forever. To combat this, I’ve created a document in which I add the name of new people I meet. I then make a note of when I should follow up with them. Saying a quick hello or sending them an article of interest is always a way to break the ice on these emails.


Finding a career that provides a great deal of personal satisfaction is a life-long trip:

This tip came from a woman who started her undergraduate education at 36, completed her Ph.D. at 46, has a leadership development practice, and is an assistant professor at The Wharton School – so I’m inclined to believe her! Not only is she a determined and dedicated individual, she has proven herself in her field – truly inspiring!


Growing up, many assume they’ll go to college, select a field of study, and stick with it forever. It’s refreshing to have a professional say there is no right answer. If you end up loving your job right away, that’s wonderful. But if you don’t, there’s nothing wrong with you. You are not irresponsible, you are not clueless – you are, in fact, normal.


BIO:V itra Singh is the author of Living Life For Yourself, Not Your Job, a book featuring stories of professionals who left their jobs to find or pursue their career passion. Vitra wrote the book to inspire others to love what they do for a living. Follow her adventures at LaDolceVitra.com.

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5 Strategic Job Search Tips

To be unemployed is a distressing experience and is not what one would wish for anyone. If you are continuously failing in finding the right job, you have to understand that it’s not always about your eligibility and skills. One has to really plan while appearing for interviews and while searching for jobs. This post presents some useful strategies for effective job search.

Industries are getting competitive day-by-day and getting a lucrative job has become immensely difficult. Even if you possess the right skill set and education, you may not find an appropriate job. Today, it has all become about your attitude and confidence that you project, and the presence of mind you implement while searching for a job. Switching a job can be the most frustrating part as search for an apt job is very difficult. So, if you have been looking for jobs, you must consider your job search as one of the most significant work projects that you’ll ever undertake. For this, you need to be as committed, organized and professional as you are with your regular job.

Create a strategic overview of your entire job search plan and then you can keep a daily or weekly to-do list that outlines specific commitments about what you have to accomplish with your deadline for the task. Also jot down the important notes at the end.

You can also implement some below given practices to attain the desirable job.

Look Up

As per Duke University /CFO Magazine survey, about 33 percent CFO’s believe that hiring a person who is bit junior for a job opening can be quite effective. They believe that it is relatively easy to train and it also gives job seekers a great opportunity to get appointed on a position for which they possess good potential, if not all the skills and professional experience. Thus, while searching for jobs, not just apply for only those jobs where you believe you’ll fit in perfectly instead you need to broaden your search.

Showcase your growth potential

A majority of companies prefer hiring the people who show willingness for learning new skills and expand their industry knowledge with the changes happening around the world. Thus, if you are constant learner it’s better to spell out the ways you have been doing. For example, if you are a web developer and you have recently learned a new web development tool, add that to your professional resumes and profiles even if they are on social networking sites.

Target the growing companies

As per the Right management study, majorly there are two types of organizations – one those experience continuous growth and increased manpower requirement, the other types of companies are those that expect more sluggish staffing up. It’s always better to look for jobs in the companies which are hopeful, ambitious and growth oriented. While both types of companies may post jobs, the ones that are ambitious may hire quickly as compared to the others which may show slow progress even in the hiring process.

Wider and immediate networking

First of all, look out for people who are in your immediate network and work for the enterprises you would also like to work for, or who are doing the type of work that you also want to do. This way, you’ll be able to connect with like-minded and similar growth-oriented people. Once you develop a good network, tell them what you aspire for and ask them to look for job requirements in the companies where they are working. Sometimes, companies do not advertise the jobs and hire only through references. Organizing informational interviews with such people can also be a good idea.

Do not appear despondent and desperate

There are lot of people who want to help you but if you appear like some who is giving up the battle, your career advisers, peers and people in your network may doubt your employability and ability to grow in your job. Keep your job search ongoing and even if you are disappointed with the way your efforts are turning up, do not disclose your worries to the people. Maintaining a positive and pleasant demeanour can be little difficult under the taxing situation like being unemployed but your negative approach is also not going to help you. Always be mindful about how you appear in front of others.


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6 Hot Jobs for Pilots Outside of the Standard Airlines

Six Jobs for Pilots Outside of the Standard AirlinesBeing a pilot sounds like a glamorous job, but at first glance it may also seem limiting. Can you get a job as a pilot doing anything other than flying with commercial airlines, or is that really the only career option out there? Fortunately for those looking to keep their options open, there are plenty of jobs for pilots besides a standard airline contract. Here are six things a licensed pilot could do if they were seeking an outside-the-box job.


1. Delivery Pilot

Some companies that have to ship physical items across the country fast rely on their own private pilots rather than outside delivery companies. You would be responsible for safely transporting their cargo from your location to anywhere it needs to go. No dealing with passengers — just the deliveries!

How Much They EarnHow much money does a UPS or Fed Ex pilot earn?

Delivery Pilot Jobs


2. Flight Instructor

If you like helping people and teaching, you may want to consider teaching others how to fly. There are many options available for this, such as giving private flight lessons on your own or being hired on as a teacher at a flight school.

How Much They Earn -Flight Instructor Salaries

Flight Instructor Jobs


3. Charter Planes for Tourists

This pilot job may involve a little bit more passenger-pilot interaction than most, depending on the size of the charter plane. Piloting aerial tours of local attractions can be a very profitable job, especially if you have your own small plane and don’t have to go through someone else.

How Much They EarnHow much does a charter pilot get paid?

Charter Plane Pilot Jobs


4. Private Business Planes

We hear about businessmen taking their private jets all over the world for international business meetings, so why not aim to work with them? Your work schedule may be more erratic, but you get to travel all over the place, so it’s a good trade. You can get a job flying JetSuite private jets for those who travel frequently.

How Much They EarnSalaries for Private Airplane Captains

Private Business Plane Pilot Jobs


5. Military

Being a military pilot is an extremely tough career, but knowing you’re protecting your country can also make it an incredibly rewarding one. If you have enough experience under your belt, you can apply for military pilot jobs, or you can go to an Air Force academy or military flight school to get the training you need. This is often a good option for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money on flight school, just remember the requirements to get into military flight school are quite strict.

How Much They Earn -How much do USAF fighter pilots make a year?


6. Emergency Medical Services

This is another career path where you would be actively helping people. You could be airlifting someone from one hospital to another, carrying rescue workers into natural disaster zones, or transporting someone from the scene of an accident to receive medical help.

How Much They EarnEMS Helicopter Pilot (Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot) Salaries

Emergency Medical Services Pilot Jobs


With air travel becoming more common and affordable for private individuals, the possibilities for piloting jobs just keep growing. You can pursue that dream, confident that you’ll always have options when it comes to where you want to work.

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The Best Jobs that Only Require an Associate Degree

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4 Jobs For Active People – Working With Your Hands

rangerFor those that love the outdoors or working with your hands, there are plenty of career options for you. Some require talent, but all are interesting careers. Maybe these jobs were not on the top of you list when you were growing up, but these jobs can be great alternatives to the typical “9 to 5″ office job. Take a look.

Bicycle Courier:

  • What They Do – Bicycle couriers carry packages on short trips that would prove impractical for multi-day delivery services. Often performing assignments in a relatively small geographic area, like a city or neighborhood, bicycle couriers deliver food, documents, and other products people need. Not only is the job a great way to stay in shape, but it allows you to pick up some tips from thankful clients along the way.
    How Much They Make – Not a lot of info on what you can earn, but this article might help – Upside: Owns the Street. Downside: Car Doors.


Landscape Designer:

  • What They DoLandscape designers help customize people’s lawns. This job allows you to work outdoors on your hands and knees. Unlike other types of manual labor though, this job gives you the chance to inject your creative passions into your work. Landscape designers are responsible for creating beautiful landscape layouts, with touches like well placed plants. Landscape designers are often responsible for the shrub sculptures you might have seen
  • How Much They MakeLandscape Architects
  • Finding a jobLandscape Designer Jobs



  • What They Do –Have you ever wondered how cities become dotted in beautiful murals? Muralists these days make their money in many creative ways; one popular specialization is graffiti muralists. These muralists replace gang graffiti with positive murals. This helps to not only beautify a tagged building, but also reduces the likelihood the building will be tagged again. One of the best parts of being a muralist, besides taking part in a physically active job, is seeing your creations become relatively permanent parts of the city-scape. You can help supplement your desire for art with a UF art education degree online. More knowledge about art will only help your murals stand out and be even more amazing.
  • How Much They MakeThe Business of Home Murals


Forest Ranger

  • Forest Rangers specialize in forest preservation. As a forest ranger, you’ll guard the woods from poachers, help maintain trails, and clear away brush that could cause forest fires. The best part of this job is how much time you get to spend out in the woods. If you’re looking for a job that let’s you revel in the great outdoors and work at your own pace, think about becoming a forest ranger.
  • How Much They MakeThe Average Income for a Park Ranger

These jobs are just a small sample of the suite of options available for those who love active work. If you’re looking for a position that gives you the freedom to move around and enjoy your life, use this list as a starting place to find the jobs you most want.

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Career Paths – Choosing between Trade School and Traditional University

Depositphotos_3388278_xsBy Katherine Gredley

Deciding a career path is difficult, and not the least among the necessary decisions is the education necessary to get the job you want. College is expensive, but it’s hard to know if a trade school is the better decision for you. Here are some considerations to make your decision easier.

You should consider traditional university if:

  • You’re not sure what career you want to pursue
  • You want a well-rounded and diverse education
  • Your desired career specifically requires a certain degree
  • You want your learning to focus on theories
  • You value knowledge more than just employability

You should consider trade school if:

  • You want a specific job that has a trade specific certification. Some careers like this are:
    • Beautician
    • Massage Therapist
    • Culinary Arts
    • Welder
    • Automotive Careers
    • Medical Assistant
    • Practical Nursing
    • You want a shorter education so that you can start work sooner
    • You want your learning to be practical training, rather than theory-based
    • You want to focus on learning the skills for your specific desired job
    • You’re more concerned with employability than general knowledge

Typically, vocation-specific schools are faster paced, more specific, and involve more hands-on training than traditional bachelor degree programs. Because they are shorter programs, they are often less expensive. They usually are very job-focused, providing career placement services for students, and honing the skills necessary for immediate employability.

Some jobs, however, absolutely require college degrees. Careers in research, education, and high-level business often require a lot of background knowledge in order to be successful. There are also traditional education opportunities that help offset the cost, such as local public schools, community colleges, scholarship programs, and grants. Traditional college does not have to be more expensive than trade school.

Ultimately, the best program for you will depend on your desired career path, as well as your learning style. Make sure you research the requirements for the field you want to enter, the cost for all your options, and talk with people who have gone through the programs you’re considering. Most schools can put you in contact with students and alumni.

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