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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Do You Need an Achievement-Based Resume?

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Most of what we learned early on about formatting resumes is slowly fading from usefulness. When’s the last time you began with an objective, for example? But a truly modern resume isn’t defined by the inclusion of a skills section or even a careful assessment of keywords. To really work hard on your behalf, your CV needs to tell recruiters and hiring managers what you can do, not just what tasks you’ve completed in the past.

This week’s roundup looks at how to build an achievement-based resume, plus how to deal with an insecure coworker, and when to quit your blog.

Achievement-Based Resume

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Lisa Rangel at The Savvy Intern: Achievement-Based Resume – Make Yourself Look Marvelous!

“Writing an achievement-based resume enables a hiring manager, boss or colleague to focus on what you accomplished,” writes Rangel. “This type of resume gives concrete examples of what you can do for your next potential employer or next promotion.”

Not sure how to go about doing that? Start with Rangel’s advice, which includes adapting interview techniques like the STAR format to your resume.

Alison Green at Ask a Manager: My New Coworker Keeps Asking If I Hate Him

The hardest part of working with people is, well, working with people. This is true even if you’re all wildly extroverted, socially adept, and on your very best behavior.

Sometimes, you need to create boundaries. For example, check out this reader question submitted to Ask a Manager:

In my department, there are only three positions, and one has been something of a revolving door for a couple years. The newest hire in that position is highly irritating. He constantly asks questions then almost instantly forgets what you tell him (these are mostly “what are you doing this weekend?” and “what day is that event you’re going to?” type of questions). His other favorite thing to ask me is if I hate him. This questions pops up at least every other week in different formats and I dodge it as best I can, because quite frankly I do. His latest endeavor is to ask me to go to lunch and no excuse for me not to is good enough for him. Any advice?

Green’s response will help anyone who’s dealing with an awkward interaction with an insecure colleague. (The good news: it’s totally possible to be nice, while drawing a line that allows you to feel more secure yourself.)

Dave Schneider at Maximize Social Business: How to Know When to Quit Your Blog         

“Nobody likes a quitter,” writes Schneider. “And nobody likes to quit. But the reality is that most bloggers DO quit, and often it’s the smart choice. A study found that nearly 95% of blogs are eventually abandoned.”

Blogging can help you get established as an expert in your field, as well as providing an outlet for new ideas that don’t fit into your current role. But most of the time, there will come a point when you want to quit. Should you? Schneider offers a few signs that it’s perfectly OK to let your current project go, and some perspective that will help you understand why quitting your blog isn’t exactly “being a quitter.”

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