Monthly Archives: October 2011

2011 Student Financing Guide

By: John Holmgren

I offer this without comment and certainly without endorsement. However, one must trace down all leads for educational financing. Hope it works for you …..

The 2010-2011 Student Financing Guide is your source for information on financial aid programs in your state, including…

  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Tuition Reduction and Waivers
  • Tax Credits and Tax Deductions
  • Loan Forgiveness/Loan Repayment programs

…And much, much more!

Download your FREE copy of the 2010-2011 Student
Financing Guide today!

Resume: Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

By: John Holmgren

Everybody knows the acronym KISS.  So, why do so few follow it?

I have said previously in this blog a few things that are critical to resume success:

Information on your resume “above the fold” on page 1 is critical

The reader of your resume:

* will spend only 30 seconds to 2 minutes in evaluation

* wants to eliminate resumes, not include (work load)

* will not be, in all probability, the hiring manager

* may not understand you, if you have a specialized field

* will most likely, for any good position, have many resumes to review

Your FIRST task is to not get eliminated!

How not to get eliminated is a big topic.  Let’s address just one item: KISS

Here’s the parallel:  you are speeding on an interstate and see a billboard

That’s how much time you have to capture the reader’s attention!

[this thought is from Steve Krug’s book, “Don’t Make Me Think”, which I recommend]

Immediately let the reader know the job you want and your qualifications

For everybody, especially technical people, eliminate all jargon and acronyms

This may sound stupid, but if there is too much ink on the resume, it won’t get read!

The purpose of the resume is to get you an interview, not a job.

Save the detail for the interview, and don’t get bogged down in it then.

The reaction to your resume should be:

“We’ve got to see this person”!