10 Tips for Writing Effective Recommendations

April 14, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing, Resumes

So if you’ve been asked to write a letter of recommendation, you’re in a pretty good place. You’re probably feeling flattered to have been asked, and you get to dole out some social rewards to a valued protégé or colleague. Here’s a double fistful of pointers to help you get started.


Easy Formula for LinkedIn Recommendations

March 26, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

To follow up on our look at using testimonials in your resume, let’s flip the script. Maybe one of your colleagues is looking for consulting work, or perhaps a young person whom you have mentored is setting off on a new career path. A recommendation from you could help that person land a position. How do you write an effective testimonial?


How to Use Testimonials in a Resume

February 27, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

Using someone else’s words is an accepted and valid strategy. Let’s look at testimonials and how to use them in your resume. Remember, when you borrow words that belong to other people, take good care of them.


What Goes at the Top of a Resume?

February 1, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

There are three types of resume headers. Choose the one you need carefully. Then let’s look at some common headers and consider them from a recruiter’s perspective.


What Personal Information Goes on a Resume

December 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

What makes this resume uniquely yours? What does it say about who you really are? You gaze at the bottom of the page, wondering: Isn’t there something more I should say?


Master Resume: Activate Your Interviews

August 22, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

These little moments are “activators” and can be made of simple, conversational phrases that put the subject within the reader’s reach—phrases like, “You can too,” and, “Here’s how.”


Traditional and New Resume Formats

August 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

Different resume formats emphasize different aspects of your skills, experience, and even personality.


4 Tips for the Best Resume Format

June 15, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes, Writing Guides

You’ve worked hard on your content; now make sure your recruiter can find it.


6 Tips for Keeping Your Résumé Brief: Less Is More

May 7, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing, Resumes

Briefer is better. Executive positions, medicine, and academia use the CV format, which goes into extensive detail. But if you’re applying for the kind of job that requires a résumé, you can probably get it onto a single page.


Cover Letters: 3 Lessons from Sales

April 6, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Admissions Essays, Personal Statements, Resumes

Selling yourself, though, is the way of the hunt. It may seem reductive, even unsavory, to think of oneself as a commodity. But employment is by nature a sales transaction. You agree to sell your labor, and, to do so effectively, you need to be guided by three fundamental rules of salesmanship.


Writing a Cover Letter to Get a Job

March 12, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Personal Statements, Proofreading and Editing, Resumes

I’ve learned quite a bit about the function of cover letters and resumes. In this series of columns, I’ll be sharing some of those insights with you.


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“On Em dash, on En dash, on Prancer, on Vixen”

Having a client who is adept at em and en dashes is indeed rare. Usually we see the plain ol’ regular hyphen being used where an em or en dash would be more appropriate. Or we often see random hyphens in varying multiples scattered throughout a paper like sprinkles on a Christmas cookie.


Creating a Memorable Résumé

December 10, 2011 by Chad in Resumes

At ProofreadingPal, we see dozens of résumés a month. While some are pretty sharp, most are…well, in need of some assistance. Beyond blatant grammatical and spelling errors, many résumés have unwieldy objectives, inconsistencies in formatting or language use, and in this job market, it is imperative to make your résumé as sharp as possible before sending it out!


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