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About John

I am drawing on my experience as a recruiter and corporate sales executive to help people with the process of finding a job.

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”!


A Web Site That May Help You Locate Education Financing

By:   John Holmgren

The headline of this web site says:

Looking To Go Back To School –  but wondering how you’re going to pay for it?

We can assist you in making an informed decision about your education and financing options. In just three easy steps we can help you get connected to accredited colleges and universities.

The 2010-2011 Student Financing Guide is your source to get connected to state-specific information on:

  • Loan Forgiveness/Loan Repayment programs
  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Tax Credits and Tax Deductions
  • Tuition Reduction and Waivers
  • And much, much more!

The site’s URL is:

I have no financial interest in this organization and offer no guaranty of any sort of it’s legitimacy.

You may find it has value, and the information is offered in that spirit.

Any feed-back will be welcomed and shared.

Cheers, and good luck.

Match Your Interest With the Appropriate School


By:  John Holmgren

There is a web site that matches your area of career interest with specific schools.

The idea is not to waste either your or the school’s time and, ultimately. your money.

The site is:

Check it out.  I have no interest of any sort in the organization .  It is merely brought

to your attention as a potentially useful resource.

Please share your experience, either good or bad, with others here.