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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: The Obamas Get a Resume Makeover

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What do you have in common with the outgoing POTUS and FLOTUS? At some point in your life, you’ll probably make a big career change. Among other things, this will require a brand-new resume.

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In this week’s roundup, TopResume’s executive resume writers give the Obamas’ CVs a facelift. Plus, we look at ways to deal with (possibly inaccurate) constructive criticism, and how to spot a bad boss during an interview.

Joe Szynkowski at TopResume: Executive Resume Makeovers for the Obamas’ Next Career Moves

“As the presidential power officially shifts hands, Barack and Michelle Obama are back on the market. And given that they likely haven’t dusted off their resumes in nearly a decade, it’s time for an update!” writes Szynkowski. “My challenge as their unofficial resume writer (call me, Barack and Michelle!) was to survey the market and dig into their most impressive achievements as President and First Lady. Given that they are likely to enter new industries in their ‘encore’ careers, it was also vital to uncover their most transferable skills.”

Even if you’re not making your next career move from the White House, you can learn a lot from the sample resumes included in this piece. (For example, do you have a one-pager to hand out at conferences and events? Maybe you — and Obama — should consider it!)

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Kat Boogaard at Inc: 3 Ways to Deal With Feedback You Disagree With

“We’re all encouraged to be receptive of constructive criticism. And, for good reason — that feedback can help us to grow and improve,” writes Boogaard. “But, what if it’s bad feedback? What if someone offers a suggestion for improvement that you completely disagree with?”

It’s hard to handle criticism when you feel it’s off-base. These tips will help you keep things constructive, even if you think the original feedback was anything but.

Heather Huhman at LinkedIn: How to Spot a Bad Boss During a Job Interview

“Horrible bosses are too common in the workplace. In fact, one out of five workers have had a bad boss,” writes Huhman.

Ideally, of course, you’d like to avoid that. The good news is that it’s rare to get hired before meeting your new boss. Pay attention during the interview process, and you could avoid taking a job with the manager from hell. This post offers 10 tips to help you spot bad bosses before they can affect your career.

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