Resume teardown #5: military officer transitioning to the private sector

Today’s resume teardown comes from someone leaving the military after a career as an officer, looking for jobs in the risk management field. He/she is clearly looking to leverage skills related to risk and project management in the military, and is somewhat successful at showing that background, but still could improve his/her resume significantly. The …

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Is a master’s degree in international relations worth it? Do the math before you open your wallet.

Something I read in the Wall Street Journal recently made me put my cup of overpriced coffee down and do a double-take. The average debt for graduates of master’s programs in international relations is US$65,468. What’s more, the average debt for international relations master’s grads was higher than for any other subject the article surveyed, …

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Resume teardown #4: international student is graduating and looking for their first job

I’m back with a new Resume Teardown! Today’s teardown is from someone who will graduate from a U.S. college in a month or two, and is looking for a first job.   Moreover, this student is not from the United States, and English is not her native language.  This makes a difference, as you will see. …

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New, free mini-course: How to make your resume better than 90 percent of the competition

Time for three hard truths, people. (The hardened cynic in me likes hard truths. They bring joy to my hardened, stone-cold heart.) They all stem from a post I wrote a few months ago , “10 reasons your resume is hurting your international job search — and how to fix it today,” which discusses common, serious problems …

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Resume teardown #3: newly-minted social worker looking for a first job

Today I tackle a Resume Teardown of a job candidate who just received their master’s degree. (For those who are unfamiliar with my Resume Teardowns, every so often I will find a resume online for perusal. I’ll review it, see what works and what doesn’t, and share my thoughts with you.) That way, you can learn from …

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Wherein the Author Remarks on the Potential Uselessness of International Relations Degrees

In terms of being more competitive for jobs in international affairs, how useful is a degree in international relations, really? My take:  a lot less than most people think. The idea for this post came to me while I was on an airplane, listening to someone talk a little too loudly a few rows up. …

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