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Resume and Cover Letter Advice

Hiring Managers Rank Best and Worst Words to Use in a Resume – The national CareerBuilder survey identifies which commonly-used resume terms are overused or cliche and which are strong additions.

How to Create a Robot-Friendly Resume to Land Your Dream Job – Kelsey Cox, Director of Communications at Column Five provides some helpful infographics. Describing the new resume-filtering technology. Kelsey says, " Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) scan applications for keywords, dates, titles, and other critical information, eliminating 75% of the lesser qualified candidates (and sometimes highly qualified candidates who didn’t have a robot-friendly resume.)"

Five Ways Job-Seekers Shoot Themselves in the Foot – Liz Ryan explains how to customize your resume for each job opportunity.

12 Tiny Changes That Make Your Resume Easy for Recruiters to Skim
Lily Zhang provdes resume formatting strategies to make sure you get noticed when applying to jobs. 

Cover Letter Advice – Marc Cenedella, Founder and Executive Chairman of TheLadders, says, ". . . executive career coach Phil Rosenberg reports that most hiring managers he surveyed had passed on candidates with great resumes because of their inadequate cover letters."

Resume with an Executive Summary – Marc Cenedella advises, "A winning resume must be an ad for your value, not a product manual of every function you’ve ever performed in your career. It needs to stand out from the crowd, but it also needs to follow formatting and content rules that will keep it moving through the system. Sound tricky? Read on for articles that spell out the resume rules."

Sample Resumes

Best Sample Resumes – provides free resume samples, tips on how to write a job resume, and templates.

John Wong’s resume – This sample resume demonstrates how to showcase past projects.

Interview Questions and Strategies

Instructional Design Interview Questions –114 sample questions employers might ask when interviewing an instructional designer.

Interview Questions for an Instructional Designer – ReadyPrepInterview provides a list of twenty-three questions for employers to consider when interviewing instructional designers.

Tips for Employers Interviewing ID Candidates – provides a list of tips to evaluate instructional design candidates to help find a person that is the right fit for the position and the team.

Interviewing Steps and Strategies – Marc Cenedella shares tips for the phone interview, the second interview, and the third interview.

Interview Questions and Answers – Marc Cenedella talks about the opening interview question,"Tell me about yourself."

"Job seekers who have been unemployed for a while know that one of the most dreaded interview questions ever devised is the seemingly innocent, 'What have you been doing since your last job?' Heck, that's one of the most dreaded social questions as well. Nothing can raise the tension at family gatherings quite so quickly as that innocuous query from cousin Bob." So what will you do if you're asked that question in an interview. Check out this article for some helpful ideas. — "What have you been doing since your last job?"

The Six-Month Job Interview
The Hiring Game: Surviving the long hiring process

Salary Negotiations

Amy Lindgren’s Tips for Salary Negotiations – "According to some surveys, about half of American workers neglect to ask for more money when receiving a job offer. Women do worse than men on this count, which might explain some of the gender-based income gap."

Salary Negotiation –Marc Cenedella discusses five ways to boost your earning potential and tips for negotaing the intangibles such as a four-day work week or work-from-home arrangement.