Resumes, Hiring & Cultural Fit

The need for a career change and an updated resume often results from a breakdown in employee-employer synergy, making one or both parties feel as if they are headed in opposite directions when it comes to vision and values. Frequently, this incompatibility reflects a lack in cultural alignment, or cultural fit, which is also a…

Who vs. Whom

“Who” is a 1st-person subjective pronoun that completes/does the action. “Whom” is a 3rd-person objective pronoun that is the object of the verb (action) or preposition. Here is quick trick to use when figuring out whether to use “who” or “whom”: If you can substitute “he” (another 1st-person pronoun), then use “who,” and if you…

Resume Success in 2017

With the onset of a new year comes a focus on self-reflection and improvement, which for many includes pursuing a promotion or career change. To this end, it is essential to present a professional, polished resume aligned with recruiters’ and hiring managers’ criteria for selecting interview candidates. Here’s why… Resume, Interview, and Hiring Statistics: 5…

LinkedIn Profile Pointers

Do you, like many other professionals, struggle with creating your LinkedIn profile? Composing a LinkedIn profile often poses uncertainty about how to effectively showcase your assets and stay ahead of the competition, which is why many professionals procrastinate when it comes to creating and updating their LinkedIn page. The writing process itself can also be…

The New SAT: The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section

(This is the second of two articles about the new SAT. Part one, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” was featured in our September, 2016, blog.) In our last blog, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” we provided detailed information on the essay portion of the newly-designed SAT, as well as…

The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional

(This is the first of two articles about the new SAT. Part two, “The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section,” will follow next month, so be sure to check back.) In March, 2016, the College Board released a newly designed SAT. One major change that comes with the new SAT is an optional essay. Before this…

The Common Application Essay for 2016-2017: What’s New

  Good news for future college applicants: The Common Application now allows completed 2015-2016 application information to roll over to the 2016-2017 application, including the essay. Students can also familiarize themselves with the application from 9th grade forward, making the process more user-friendly and less intimidating and stressful by the time senior year “crunch time”…

Independent & Dependent Clauses vs. Phrases: Know the Parts of a Sentence

A clause must have a subject and a verb, whether it is independent or dependent. An independent clause expresses a complete idea that can stand alone (example: “Tony jumped the fence.”). A dependent clause does not express a complete idea; although it has a subject and a verb, it needs additional information to complete the…

Resume Content: Less Is More

Resumes Should Be Streamlined In today’s day of one-line Tweets, social media posts, and texts, brevity with words has become an art of its own. We have become accustomed to quickly surveying bits of information, skimming for only the essentials as the rest is sifted away for us. Although beyond the world of social media…

Commonly Used Words with Alternate Spellings: Take Your Pick!

There are many words that can be spelled multiple ways, adding to the confusion that surrounds the English language. Usually, one version is preferred over or used more commonly than the other, making alternate spellings appear wrong. Most of the preferred versions are simply shorter, which is not surprising with today’s language trends to write…

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