Why Do You Charge More Than Other Résumé Services?

Despite what you might have heard about knowing yourself (the product) best, it rarely if ever means you are the most qualified to sell yourself on paper. Think about it—if
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Your résumé is customized just for you — no other jobseeker has the exact combination of experience, education, knowledge, and skills that you possess. Consequently, your résumé is a unique
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Can I Get A “Generic” Résumé?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to create an effective “generic” résumé that will be truly effective in helping you land your dream job. A résumé that is not tailored towards
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Explaining Résumé Tense

Résumés use a unique style of writing to emphasize brevity in order to maximize the reader’s time. Many people find this style of writing a bit confusing when they first
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How to Take Advantage of “International Update Your Resume” Month

September is international “Update Your Resume” month! Many professionals are aware of the importance of a professional resume, but often forget to keep their resume up-to-date. A demanding career or
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Top 5 Tips to Make Your Sales Resume Stand Out from Your Competition

Employers looking to hire someone for a sales position want to see more than just a worker bee. Hiring managers are keeping an eye out for specific skills in the
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10 Tips for Success In Your Job Search

Most people have never been taught how to find a job. However, research shows that the average worker only spends 4 years in a job — and you’ll have as
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Dispelling the One-Page Résumé Myth

There is no “rule” that a résumé should be only one page. In fact, there are many instances when a multi-page résumé is not only appropriate, it’s expected. Length is
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Tips for Writing a Board Resume

Joining a non-profit or becoming a member of a corporate board is an excellent way to boost your career. Apart from the fact that the experience will be personally rewarding,
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The Role of ATS in Job Search

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are third-party software providers that give employers the ability to manage applications efficiently and effectively. It is also known as a talent management system that processes
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What to Wear (and What Not to Wear) to your next Job Interview

The job search has changed over the past 10 years. So have fashion trends. But one thing that hasn’t changed in the job search process is that people will judge
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3 Vital Tips for Including Keywords in Your Executive Resume

Keywords are an integral part of the executive resume writing formula and will help to propel your resume from a database of competitive candidates and bring it in front of
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5 Tips for Writing a Killer LinkedIn Profile Summary

Are you using LinkedIn to network with your connections, find new job opportunities, or research business development projects? To spruce up your LinkedIn profile and grab the attention of visitors,
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How to Know When It’s Time to Make a Job or Career Change

There’s a saying in the careers industry that you’ll know it’s time to make a job or career change when you start asking yourself if it’s time to make a
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Total Resumes, Job Search Secrets Exposed eBook

Are you feeling disheartened about your job search journey? Do you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Has it been a while since you’ve been actively seeking a
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An Ex-Recruiter’s Guide to Connecting With a Hiring Manager

The least effective way to find a job is to apply for advertised openings, sending your résumé online through a company employment portal or a third-party website. You are just
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How To Get Your Resume Past Applicant Tracking Systems

Are you submitting your resume to online job postings, but not getting contacted for interviews—even if you’re a perfect fit for the role? An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is potentially
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How to Survive & Conquer Workplace Probations in 2018

The first 90 days in a new job generally set the tone for your employment. Three (to six) months is the standard “grace period” for new employees, and how you
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Passive Job Search Tips & Tricks You Need To Know

One of the best times to look for a new job is when you already have a job. Currently-employed jobseekers are perceived to be more desirable by some hiring managers
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ATS Explanation & 15-Point Checklist To Help You Get More From Your Resume

What is an ATS-friendly resume? An ATS-friendly resume is formatted in such a way that it can be easily imported and read by the ATS. However, because there is no industry standard, the general
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5 Tips For A Stellar LinkedIn Presence You Can Implement Today

Are you looking to create an outstanding impression on LinkedIn® but are overwhelmed with where to start? LinkedIn is a great way to connect with your internal and external network
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Telltale Signs It’s Time to Update Your Resume & Who To Call…

When your car is broken, you know you need a mechanic. If you’ve got a persistent cough, you call a doctor. But you might not be able to recognise the
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Modern Cover Letters: How To Get the Attention of Decision-Makers FAST!

When you see a survey that says 55 percent of hiring managers don’t pay attention to cover letters, it may be tempting to think that you don’t need one. But
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Explaining Why You Left a Job In An Interview

Hiring new employees is expensive for a company. There’s the time and effort involved in attracting candidates, screening them, and conducting interviews. There’s staff time required to set the person
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Don’t Make These Mistakes On LinkedIn

With 500 million+ members, LinkedIn is a very powerful platform for managing your professional identity, building and engaging with your professional network, advancing your career, and accessing knowledge, insights, and opportunities.
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The 27 Mistakes Jobseekers Make In Their Job Search

Are you making these mistakes in your job search? Chances are, you’re making at least one or two — if not more! Go through this checklist and mark which mistakes
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How to Position Yourself to Land Your Ideal Job

You may have heard that you need to “brand yourself” in order to be successful in your career. While “branding” (which is defined as “to make an indelible mark or
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7 Things To Do To Get Ready For Your Job Search

If your goal is to get a new job, here are 7 things you need to do to prepare yourself for your job search. 1. Update your résumé. While ideally
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How to Write a C-Level Resume That Gets Noticed

There are some who argue in this digital age, a strong online presence and network for C-level executives can often be enough to get you the job you desire, even
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5 Expert Tips to Craft an Executive Cover Letter That Gets You the Job

Many executives think they don’t need a cover letter – their resume should speak for itself. While a professionally written resume will do wonders for your job search, an impressive
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How Long Should an Executive Resume Be?

If you’ve tried to write your executive resume, you may be staring at a blank page wondering where to begin—how do you capture all you’ve done concisely? Or maybe you’re
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Incorporating Design Elements into Your Executive Resume

As an executive, you know quality when you see it. Whether it’s a potential new hire, a business acquisition, or an innovative product, your experience, intuition, and the ever-present ‘spidey
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How Your Resume Can Quickly Grab a Hiring Manager’s Attention

As you look for a new job, it’s important to ensure your resume is capturing the attention of the right people in the right way. Research shows that hiring managers
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5 Tools You Need for Your Job Search Toolbox (Other Than Your Resume)

We’ve all heard that you need a solid resume to get an interview. While this is true, a resume alone may not be all you need to be contacted by
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Executives and LinkedIn

I work with many executives that either have a LinkedIn profile but don’t use it, or don’t have a profile at all. Their concerns range from a lack of time
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Professional Resume Services… Investment or Cost?

Investment or Cost? Do you think hiring a Résumé Writer is an expense? The chart below shows how much income is lost for every month, week, and day you’re unemployed. Hiring a
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Total Resumes Outplacement Services – Solutions for Organisations and Individuals

Outplacement Services Despite the unemployment rate of 5.6% in July 2017, down from 5.7% in June, companies still need to prepare for staff layoffs and terminations. As organisations strive to
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We’re Certified… by Career Money Life

We’re Certified… by Career Money Life Have you ever booked a hotel online only to show up and find out that it wasn’t really what you expected? Your perception didn’t
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How to Explain Being Fired During an Interview

Don’t get burned by getting fired. Your first job interview after being fired can be intimidating. You probably think you have no chance at getting the job. Who wants to
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5 Things You Should Always Include on Your Resume

Make sure your resume has all the right stuff. Sometimes, you do need to sweat the small stuff. Resume writing is one of those times. After all, you only have six
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5 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Professional Resume Writer

Is it time to turn to the pros? Searching for a job is an expensive process. Commuting costs, interview outfits, dry cleaning, coffee dates, networking event fees… they all add
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How to Get More Results with an Achievements-Focused Resume

Does your resume show your past positions’ challenges, actions and results? Why it needs to. Your resume is more than just a list of previous jobs and education. It’s the
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Does Your Resume Pass the 6-Second Test?

In today’s competitive job market, it should come as no surprise that recruiters are often pressed for time when reviewing the loads of job applications they receive for each open
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5 Things To Do To Get Ready for Your Job Search

Are you ‘prepared’ to take your career advancement to the next level? 5 Things To Do To Get Ready for Your Job Search Update your résumé. You never know when ­your
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The Future Starts Today, Not Tomorrow

Wisdom from the Pope, “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” He’s right. We talk about what we’re GOING to do tomorrow or next month when we’re not so tired, busy or
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Total Resumes Job Search Jump-Start: 30-Day Challenge

Are you lost or stuck in your job search? Want to give your job search a jump start? The Total Résumés 30-day job search challenge is designed to help you
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Job Search Strategy & Coaching Program

9 out of 10 hiring managers are looking at your social media profiles before making a hiring decision, according to Jobvite’s annual Social Recruiting Survey (2014). More than half of those
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Don’t Make These Mistakes On LinkedIn

Having an online presence on LinkedIn can be important in your job search. Your LinkedIn profile can present your credentials to prospective employers and hiring managers, increasing your chance of
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Local Business Owner Awarded Elite Executive Resume Writing Credential – 1 of 5 Cert. Executive Resume Masters in Australia

Certified Executive Resume Master – Just 1 of 5 in Australia Carolyn Whitfield, Principal of Total Resumes, has been awarded an international designation as a Certified Executive Résumé Master. Evaluated
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PART 9: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

Making Sure You’ve Not Falling for Common Myths About Jobseeking You don’t have to conduct outrageous, attention-getting stunts (like sending a single shoe in a box to a hiring manager
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PART 8: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

What To Do When Your Job Search Isn’t Working First, figure out where you’re lost or stuck in your job search. Is your résumé getting interviews? Are you getting offers
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PART 7: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

When to Hire a Reference Checking Service If you’re getting interviews, but not offers, the problem isn’t your résumé — it’s probably your references. Give some thought to who you’re
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PART 6: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

What To Do After the Job Interview Before ending a job interview, be sure to ask about “next steps.” What happens next? When? Ask if it’s okay for you to
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PART 3: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

Things every jobseeker can do to be successful in a job search: Managing Your Personal Brand To help you figure out your personal brand, identify what you are already known
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PART 5: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

EVEN MORE Things every jobseeker can do to be successful in a job search: Conduct a Social Media Audit Google yourself. Think like a hiring manager or recruiter and conduct
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Why You CAN Afford to Engage a Professional Resume Writer

We all know the saying, “you get what you pay for,” so I’m going to present this to you a few different ways. Firstly, as a financially conservative (often downright
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Cover Letters…Do we Need Them?

The answer is yes you should be sending a tailored cover letter out with every job application. Getting your cover letter right is a crucial step in applying for any
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Examples of Our Work

Resume Examples Australia: Resume writing is not for the faint hearted, it’s a skill that often needs more mastering than the writer thinks! Whether you’ve got years of experience under
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Experienced Recruiter’s “Top 10 Resume Mistakes to Avoid”

Resume Australia: Let’s be clear, ANYONE can write a resume! The internet is jam packed full of articles from self-professed experts about how to write and present a resume along
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Are You Confused Too……..What is the Difference Between a CV and a Resume?

Are they the same? Not quite… The primary differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are length, what is included, and what each is used for. While both are
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PART 4: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

EVEN MORE Things every jobseeker can do to be successful in a job search: Getting Ready for Your Job Search The first thing to do is figure out what you
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PART 2: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

MORE Things every jobseeker can do to be successful in a job search: Why You Need a Résumé Keep your résumé up to date even when you’re not actively seeking
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PART 1: Tips for Success In Your Job Search

Things every jobseeker can do to be successful in a job search: Make sure the top 1/3 of your résumé is a qualifications profile/summary that emphasises what you can do
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Our Top 10 Job Interviewing Tips

Our Top 10 Job Interviewing Tips Once you have successfully mastered cover letters, resumes, and job applications and are being selected for interviews, it’s time to understand how to succeed
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A Guide to References

“Résumés win interviews, but references win job offers,” says Martin Yate, author of the “Knock ‘Em Dead” series of career books. Reference checks are important for both jobseekers and employers.
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JibberJobber – A Personal Career Management Tool You Must Try!

At Total Resumes we love it when we come across a user-friendly job search tool for you to add to your toolbox. How cool would it be to find a FREE
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6 Common Questions Résumé Writers Are Asked | A MUST READ!!!

Why does a résumé cost so much? There’s a story that Picasso was sitting in a bar in Paris and a woman approached him and asked if he could do
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The Jobseeker’s Guide – What To Do After the Job Interview

You just left the interview. You think it went great. Now what? Now is not the time to let up. Everything that you’ve done up to this point is moving
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Step Things Up – 4 Things You Must Do On LinkedIn

To get the most out of your LinkedIn profile, make sure you do these four things: Complete Your Profile. Your profile is the “front door” to your LinkedIn account. First
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7 Things To Do To Get Ready For Your Job Search

If your goal is to get a new job in 2016, here are seven things you need to do to prepare yourself for your job search.  Update your résumé. While
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What Does Applicant Tracking Software Look For?

If you are like many job seekers, you are probably disappointed when you don’t receive a request for an interview after you’ve taken the time to submit an application .
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Client’s Guide to Working With Your Résumé Writer (“10 Simple Things To Help Us Help You”)

Client’s Guide to Working With Your Résumé Writer  (“10 Simple Things To Help Us Help You”) When you make the decision to hire a professional résumé writer, you’re not only investing
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What is a Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW)?

What is a Certified Advanced Resume Writer? The world has changed. The times when people searched for professionals based on geographical proximity to home are over. Today, the Internet has set
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Carolyn Whitfield | Certified Advanced Resume Writer ★ LinkedIn Expert ★ Interview Coach ★ Executive Resume Writer

Total Resumes Principal Profile ★★ Certified Advanced Professional Resume Writer (CARW) | Internationally Recognised for Superior Knowledge & Experience in Resume Writing. Assisting clients Australia wide ★★ Warning: All résumé
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STOP!! Don’t Make These Mistakes on LinkedIn

Don’t Make These Mistakes On LinkedIn Don’t Dismiss LinkedIn as Something Only for People Who Are Looking For a New Job. The best time to build your LinkedIn profile, connect
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LinkedIn Photo Tips | Attract 50-70% More Views

Tips for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo Your profile photo on LinkedIn is very important. Did you know that profiles with pictures attract 50-70 percent more views than profiles without pictures? Here
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LinkedIn Profile Checklist | Be Found: Get More Views: Increase Your Network TODAY!

LinkedIn Profile Checklist Profiles that are considered “complete” by LinkedIn’s standards receive 40 times more “opportunities” (contacts from prospective hiring managers and recruiters) than incomplete profiles, according to the social
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Improve Your Strike Rate | Effective Job Search Tips for 2016

With the 2016 job market now in full swing, what can you do to boost your chances of getting noticed and to improve your strike rate? The following are ‘quick tips’
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Unlocking Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Frequently Asked Questions | A Must Read!

Frequently Asked Questions: Understanding Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Do you have an ATS friendly resume? Not sure what one is? Read on…… Question: How do I know if a company
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Best Practices for Working With Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

When applying for online positions its advisable to upload your resume in ATS format. This reduces the chances of your resume being complicated by Applicant Tracking Systems. At Total Resumes
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Interview-Winning Resume Writing Strategies

All job seekers need a resume, even those who are fortunate to have a good connection influencing them into an interview. A resume can be enhanced in many ways and given
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