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Susan Ireland, Expert Resume Contributor

Susan Ireland

An author, professional resume writer, and recognized expert in the field of resumes and cover letters, Susan Ireland has been helping job seekers since 1989.

Susan Ireland Resume Expert Qualifications:

Author of four job search books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume, Susan Ireland is also manager of The Damn Good Resume website for the late Yana Parker, author of The Damn Good Resume Guide. Yana was Susan's mentor in the late 1980s.

Articles by Susan Ireland

Entering or Re-Entering the Workforce:

  • Sample Resume: Very Untraditional Career
    Jared Burke (not his real name) is a marketing professional in the construction industry. From his resume, you would think it was his life-long goal to do this work. But Jared's career path wasn't a straight line – it's had some remarkable zigs and zags along the way.

Unemployed Job Seekers:

Making Your Resume Effective:

  • Is Your Resume Effective?
    If your resume has been circulating in the job market for more than a month and you haven't gotten requests for job interviews, the problem could be your resume.
  • How to Use Your Resume to Paint the Picture of Your Future
    The secret to getting a new and exciting job is to build your resume around your future, not your past. So, before you even start writing your resume, you need to plan what kind of work you want to do next.
  • How to Manage Resume Red Flags
    Most employers don't like to take hiring risks, especially in today's litigious society where employment laws are loosely interpreted. The Major Red Flags on Your Resume.
  • How to Choose the Best Format for Your Resume
    Chronological? Functional? Combination? What difference does it make which format you use for your resume? It's all about timing. With the right format, you can grab an employer's interest during his or her initial eight-second scan of your resume.

Other Special Situations:

  • Sample Resume: Extreme Career Change
    Jared Burke (not his real name) wrote this resume in 2003 to get a job as an office assistant in a small business in his home state of New York. Here's what makes his resume so interesting: it needed to present Jared's previous seven years when he lived in a spiritual community in India focusing on prayer and meditation.

LinkedIn and Your Resume:

  • How to Create a Master Resumefor Your LinkedIn Profile
    Do you have the strongest LinkedIn Profile possible? Does it showcase all your professional qualifications and attract exciting career opportunities? Here's a technique that will help: write a "master resume" that you can copy and paste into your LinkedIn profile.
  • How to Convert Your Master Resume into a LinkedIn Profile
    Your LinkedIn profile is one of your most valuable career-building tools. It serves as your online resume on one of the most popular recruiting web sites on the Internet: LinkedIn.com.

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