Resume Writing Solutions for Your Challenging Career History

Do you have a completely unblemished work history? Was writing your resume a breeze because you are perfectly qualified with a model career and educational background?

Or, do you find yourself struggling to prepare your resume … struggling because of some glitch or problem in your background that you do not know quite how to increase in your resume?

· Maybe you are too old … or too young …

· Maybe you have an obvious gap in your work history …

· Maybe you have changed employers too many times …

· Maybe you are a new graduate with little-to-no relevant experience …

· Maybe you are an executive who needs to explain what appears to be a demotion …

· Maybe you are returning to the work after taking some time off …

· Maybe you are trying to change careers and your past experience does not relate …

Do not feel alone! It is the extraordinarily rare job searcher who does not struggle with how to deal with some problem on their resume.

As a professional resume writer I have worked with thousands and thousands of clients, and while every single one of those clients is unique, they all have one thing in common: they have a problem that they need me to solve for them.

How do I do it? The truth is that the solution is often as unique as the individual client. But, to develop those solutions, there are six steps that I carefully think through prior to tackling any new project for a client. As you work on developing or refining your own resume – as you try to come up with ways to transform your troubled work history into a job-winning resume – it may be helpful for you to work through the same six steps.

Step # 1 – Know your goal What is your current career goal? What profession? What industry? What professional level? Knowing your objective and goals for a job search is the foundation of not just your resume, but of your own job search.

Without you know where you are going, you will have no idea what the focus of your resume must be and you will not even have a clue how to begin writing it. Do not expect a busy employer to figure it out for you. Your resume must have a precise focus and it must convey that focus in five seconds or less. If it does not, it will be discarded. It is that simple.

Step # 2 – Know your audience Now that you know your goal, you are in a position to begin thinking about the recipients of your resume. What are the expectations and requirements of a candidate for the job you are targeting? What are the problems that a person in your ideal position is likely to be faced with?

Remember (speaking of problems) that the person doing the hiring has problems that they are hiring their new-hire will …

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Want to Work at a Nonprofit? Do not be on "Funniest Career Videos"

I admit it; once in a while I watch those "Funniest Video" television programs. What's the attraction? Usually seeing someone get hit or hit themselves suddenly, when they least expected it. It's embarrassing to admit that I chuckle – sometimes audibly. Maybe it's being human, but there is a perverse pleasure in seeing someone run into the unexpected. "Oh, that hurts!" But you know that the guy was thinking more than that when it happened. When it happens to me – I suffer greatly. I'm sure you feel the same.

This is especially painful when it happens in our career. After being hit enough times, we make a decision to leave (or was was given the final blow and asked to leave). We pick ourselves up, brush off and find what we think will be a perfect match – working in a nonprofit organization supporting a mission we love. We have a great idea of ​​where we want to work and what we can do for an organization that looks like the right fit, but boom! We're hit with something we totally did not expect. We get another blow, but this time we do it to ourselves. Maybe not so funny, huh?

So, despite the calls other than the big-wigs in Hollywood and New York (who certainly see a "Funniest Career Videos" in the offing) I give to you the six obstacles to getting a job in the nonprofit world:

o "I'm from the private sector and now I'm here to help." Right. That'S going to get you far. Your own attitude toward working in a nonprofit ("I've been successful, now I'm here to save you") can dampen the enthusiasm of even your biggest flag waving fan on the nonprofit's staff. They've processed in these conditions for a long while. Why do you think that you can parachute in and "fix" the nonprofit world?

o Catch 22 – Want to feel like 22 again? Re-start your career at a non-profit! You'll have all the energy and enthusiasm of a 22 year old for your new work applied to a mission you love. But you'll have all the experience, too. Yes, it may feel like you're starting your career over again – with all the good and bad that come with it. Like in any work, there is a bias against hiring those who have not done the work before. At first you'll recall that old feeling "I need experience to get the job, but can not get the job without experience." Take heart. It's likely your experience is transferable, but it's up to you to find out how, and to show them.

o It's a culture thing. Nonprofit personnel are probably more culturally sensitive than you are used to. Do I mean that they discriminate? Yes! Their bias is often against people from the private sector. They are somewhat better accepting of those from the government sector. As a former person in business, to many you represent the "evil empire." …

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Critical Thinking: Do Some Feminists Need Therapy?

If a woman was asked to talk about what she thinks holds women back in life, she may say that it is themselves. What this might then show is that she has an internal locus of control.

On the other hand, another woman could be asked the same question, and she could say that it is men. As a result of this, it is likely to show that he has an external locus of control.

One Difference

When it comes to the first woman, there is the chance that he will see herself as an individual, as opposed to being part of a group or a movement. Said another way, she will be a women but, first and foremost, she will be a human being.

However, when it comes to the second woman, there is the chance that she will be a ‘feminist’. Being part of this movement can then take precedence, and it might not even occur to her she is an individual.

The Main Thing

Consequently, she is going to be part of the human race, but first and foremost, she will be a woman. It can then be as though she is part of a different species, with this species being women.

Her main concern is going to be to do what they can to make life better for herself and her fellow women, and not what she can do to assist humanity as a whole. It can be as if women live in their own bubble and, the only way to assist them will be focus purely on their concerns.

Shinning the Light

At the same time, a woman could have an internal locus on control and still be a feminist, but if this is the case, she is unlikely to behave in the same way as a feminist that has an external locus of control. Having an internal locus of control will allow someone to feel as though they have control over their life, whereas an external locus of control won’t.

With this in mind, if a woman has an external locus of control, it is not going to be a surprise for her to believe that men are in control of her life. She will feel completely powerless, so there will be absolutely nothing that she can do directly to change her life.

A Power Struggle

Through feeling so powerless, it is to be expected that she will be part of a movement; this will allow her to avoid how she feels. If she was to stand as an individual, for instance, this wouldn’t happen.

The power that she experiences, through being part of this movement, will be attained by having power over others. She can then call herself a ‘feminist’ and look virtuous, but she can be no different to someone who controls others.


But while there will be people who will see that she needs to develop an internal locus of control, she is unlikely to realise this. There is a …

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What Holds Back Your Career

Your career matters. Whether you work part-time or full-time, for yourself or others, in an office or on the move, it's a huge part of your life. It takes enormous amounts of time and energy. If your job is the right fit, then that investment rewards you.

And you know that I do not just mean financially.

That's why it pays, so to speak, to get this part of your life right. Your career is your gift to the world (and the world's gift to you). It's your legacy, your claim to fame and, for many of you, your identity.

So, I hope it's a good one.

But what do you do if it's not?

Well, that depends on what's holding you back.

Maybe you deserve a promotion. You've proven your value again and again. It's just that when you try to ask for one, something holds you back.

Or depending you work for yourself. The issue is that it's hard to find the right clients or dream up the best services.

These problems assume you already know your ideal career. But maybe you have no idea what to do with your life. What do you do then?

The truth is that all of these challenges – plus many more – have a common cause.

Imagine someone who, as a young child, learned that success leads to suffering. They may have seen an adult stay for something, achieve it, then dramatically implode. Some part of them recorded this lesson as the rest of their psyche matured around it.

Fast-forward to adulthood. Whenever they set their mind on something, their inner mind reminds the lesson. The closer they get to succeeding, the more concerned this part of them becomes. After all, your mind wants to protect you and it sees this as a threat.

So the person makes an uncharacteristic mistake and fails at the last moment.

You may not have this limiting belief around success. There are millions of different kinds, though, from "I'm not good enough to succeed" to "money is evil".

The first problem with these beliefs is that, consciously, you can know they're wrong and still follow them. Reading about all the good that money can do not shake the old belief. "Money is evil" is part of the foundations of the house, so adding new carpet will not help.

The second problem with these beliefs is that they're nonsense. You absorbed them when you were too young to know better. They became part of your background mental chatter, even though they're wrong.

Success is a great thing, money is as good as how you use it and you are good enough.

Read it and believe it, as best you can. If your limiting beliefs are weakly held, you can pry them out by learning better ones.

But if they are too deeply engrained into your foundations …

Well, you need a powerful set of tools to do the job.

Self-hypnosis peels back the veil separating your …

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Bettering Brazil's Education to Solidify Economic Growth


Long criticized as being comparatively inferior (particularly to the lower demographic of society) to other developing countries, Brazil has a long way to go before its compulsive education system is where it needs to be in terms of both improving the competitive intelligence of future generations and reducing poverty. The Instituto de Pesquisa Econ 244; mica Aplicada indicated that the average 25-year-old in modern day Brazil has only nine years of education; 10 percent of the population is illiterate and one-in-five students are in the wrong grade for their age because they had had to repeat a year of studies.

Neverheless, Brazil does have positive educational results for the last thirty years and quantitative studies at the elementary level have demonstrated that standards are improving (albeit slowly). Research by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geographia e Estat 237; stica (IBGE) indicated that the issue of poor educational levels is primarily symptomatic in rural areas: statistics published in late 2007 that stated the rural population over 15 years has a mean 4.3 years of schooling while the urban mean is 7.7 years. The illiteracy rate in the rural sector is 30 percent for those over the age of 15 and only 27 percent of the 15-17 rural age group are choosing to remain in secondary education.

Conversely, World Bank data in late 2008 demonstrated that the most progress in elementary schooling between 1992 and 2001 was within the poorer part of the population (enrollment in primary education increased from 97 to 99 for the richest 20 per cent of Brazil and from 75 to 94 percent for the poorest 20 percent). The same research pointed to the fact that; because illiteracy ranges from 2.7 percent for the population aged 15-19 to 30 percent for those between 65-69; the educational dynamics of the population look set to change over time.

The number young Brazilians going to university has also increased (enrollments were 1.7 million in 1994 rising to 4.9 million 2008) – however, this statistic remains lower than other countries in South American such as Argentina and Chile.


Whilst Goldman Sachs was the one of the first international investment banks to tout Brazil as a future economic superpower, it has also pointed to the fact that improvements in education are fundamental for the country to be able to maximize its future potential. It is broadly thought that the average standards do not match the increasing relevancy of the country has on a global scale. In the medium to long term, it is imperative that Brazil's welfare state decrees and the knowledge and skills base of the country improvements.

One positive step has been to encourage more teachers to enter the profession which, in the past, has been under supplied. The setting of the salary floor at $ BRL 950 per month received criticism for being too broad based and not tailored to individual municipalities (although was generally …

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