Archive for September, 2009

How Does Your Hair Colour Relate to Your Job Prospects?

 According to an article in the Telegraph U.K. Blonde women are dyeing their hair brown to be taken more seriously in the office. In the study commissioned by Superdrug, involving 2,500 women across the UK, some startling results have been revealed:
*  62% of people think brunettes look more professional than blondes in the workplace

*  31% of blonde women have gone brunette to appear more intelligent in the office

*  38% of fair-haired women believe their hair colour has held them back in their career

*  38% of those who have changed their hair colour believe they are now taken more seriously by their boss
Go figure!!

Here’s to writing powerful resumes – and to fairness in the work place!

Beverley Neil

September 30, 2009 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

The Most Frustrating Part of Being a Resume Writer

I find the most difficult part about being a resume writer is educating people what a resume could and should look like.

Because everyone has had a resume at one point or another – and often several resume versions – most job seekers feel they know all there is to know about how to write a resume.

My own dear family are a case in point. I have offered on a number of occasions to write a resume (free naturally being my family) for an extended family member, however, each have declined politely saying it was ok as they had already written one. They have never seen the style of resumes I write and are just as much in the dark as the general public.

When many of our own educational and government institutions are also in the dark with the advice they provide students on compiling a resume, why would the general public think any differently.

If you want to know what a professional resume can look like, email me at and I will be only too happy to email you an example no obligation, no hassle, no follow-up.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

September 27, 2009 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Concerned About What Interests to Include in Your Resume?

There seems to be lots of confusion and uncertainty about what interests, if any, to include in a resume. I have already blogged on this but, in short, it comes down to how relevant the interest is to the position, does it showcase a side of your personality that will stand you in good stead and is it a perceived ‘high-risk’ or even socially ‘senstive’ interest.

For example:

1/ You may get little benefit from including stamp collecting on a personal trainer resume but get a lot of milage by including kick boxing. This does not mean you should necessarily leave stamp collecting off as it does show a side to your personality, but that it is not an interest that will necessarily help you land an interview as much as kick boxing would.

2/ Endurance sports and endeavours such as marathon running show aspects of your personality such as determination and goal setting while team sports can demonstrate your ability to work within a team environment for the ‘greater good’.

3/ Sports such as caving may be regarded as high-risk in some industries and best left off your resume but then discussed at the interview where you have the opportunity to go into the safety standards and dispel any concerns about your not showing up for work on Monday.

As with every aspect of your resume, each section needs to be written and tailored with your audience and the role in mind.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

September 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm 2 comments

New DIY Resume Writing Course for Job Seekers

At last, my new DIY resume writing course for job seekers is up and running full of step-by-step instructions, tools and samples. Take a peek at

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

September 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment


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