Don’t wait until next year. Get cracking on those resolutions today.

The holiday season brings with it the close of the current year and the promise and possibilities of the next. It’s a time for reflection and resolutions for self-improvement. Eat more veggies. Read more. Volunteer. Learn to play guitar. Call mom. While a spankin’ new calendar provides a clear starting point for your best intentions, […]

Luke Skywalker’s resume

“Mister Skywalker, can you explain the gap between your tenure as a General in the Rebel Alliance and when you launched the Jedi Temple on Coruscant? And while your accomplishments as a Lieutenant Commander are impressive, is it true you received the promotion from your sister?” Clearly, this is a silly example of the limitations […]

Up your LinkedIn game with a personal branding video

With more than 530 million users worldwide, LinkedIn has become the de-facto platform for networking and getting the latest news from thought leaders, companies, and professional interest groups. Recruiters also see LinkedIn as an invaluable tool as it gives them access to talent for openings they’re looking to fill. Because of this, it’s important to […]

Does your resume suffer from TL;DR?

TL;DR has become a part of the digital lexicon as feedback that a comment, post, or article was “Too Long” and thus the audience “Didn’t Read”. While this cheeky acronym can often come off a little harsh, the sentiment has value. In order to keep a reader’s attention, your story must be concise and compelling. This […]

What do you have in common with shampoo? Positioning can help market you too.

Positioning has been a building block of successful marketing since Trout and Ries promoted the strategy nearly 50 years ago. The idea is simple. Establish a position in the minds of consumers relative to how your product or service is differentiated from your competitors, thereby making your offering more memorable and the “owner” of those […]

Successful companies hire the best people, not the best resumes

You’ve probably heard “Successful companies hire the best people, not the best resumes.” It makes sense. Companies want to know you can perform the functional duties of the job AND you’re someone they’d want to work with. Qualities such as integrity, collaboration, dependability, resilience and empathy are correlated with high-performing teams and are the building blocks […]

This is no time to be humble

Early on, my parents ingrained in me the importance of being humble. Don’t seek the limelight. Promote others’ value and contributions above your own. If you’ve done something worthy of recognition, accolades will eventually come. While those tenets of character have helped me build lasting relationships in and outside of the workplace, I came to […]

Will recruiters spot your biggest accomplishments?

You’re great at what you do. Heck, you probably have awards and achievements to prove it. The year you earned “top teacher” in your school district. Or the time you changed a business process that saved your company six figures. Or when the innovative ad campaign you led was acknowledged for creative excellence. But what […]

Resumes are for robots

OK, that may be a bit dramatic. Resumes play an integral role in matching employee talent with organizational need. But technology has radically changed the way resumes are written and “read”. Driven by efficiency, companies use artificial intelligence to surface resumes that possess specific keywords and phrases. Because of this, we tailor our resume content […]

Check out the new Nutshells video resume templates

When brainstorming ideas for new Nutshells video resume templates, we were inspired by things that make us happy, word games and the outdoors (our Game of Thrones and Belgian chocolates templates are coming soon). So we happily introduce “Word Up” and “Au Natural” to The Nutshells family. If you’re like us, you daydream about triple […]