Lisa Vaas

Lisa Vaas

Lisa Vaas covers resume writing techniques and the technology behind the job search for Ladders.

Articles by Lisa Vaas

How to Proofread Your Resume

Should you proofread your resume backwards?

Make Your Resume Answer Someone’s Prayers

Show you understand the employer's needs and embody the solution.

The 24-step Modern Resume

Resume Checklist: Follow these best practices to ensure your resume gets through the spam filter, applicant tracking system, and to the recruiters and hiring managers.

Cover Letters

The best cover letters: How to write a great cover letter

The best cover letters zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve problems and add value. A good cover letter makes you stand out from the crowd. Learn how to write a great cover letter from the pros.

How full-time parents can reclaim a full-time job

You don't have to be paid for your efforts to list them as work experience on your resume.

13 ways your resume can say ‘I’m unprofessional’

Hiring pros share the faux pas they find in real resumes, including wacky e-mail addresses, defunct phone numbers and cookie-cutter templates.

Job Search

Employment background checks: Know your rights

You’re likely to face a background check on your job search, but there are limits, and you have some options.

Getting to the Point Gets the Job

The resume of a Ph.

What Employers Really Think About Functional Resumes

Don't think you can hide anything; HR veterans know all the tricks for cloaking employment gaps or skimpy experience.

An Introvert’s Guide to Resume Self-Promotion

How to get over your humbleness and bring on the brag.

Taking Time to Rewrite That Resume

Don’t let the challenges of a resume rewrite overwhelm you.

Hot Tech Skills Bend Resume-Writing Rules

What grabbed the recruiter's eye was the security pro's certification, on top of his resume and smack dab in front of her face.

Test Your Cover Letter

How does your cover letter rate?

When Writing Cover Letters, Lose the ‘Tude

Letters crawling with creeping arrogance inflict hiring managers with terminal cases of Don't-Hire-This-Jerk-Itis.

Your Resume Shouldn’t Play Games

Why unconventional resumes drive hiring managers and recruiters nuts.

Should You Tell One Company You’re Accepting Another Offer?

Make sure you'll be welcome if you wind up back on their doorstep.

Lose the Eyebrow-Raising Accomplishments From Your Resume

Some career results are so over-the-top or irrelevant, they can skew your job chances.

How to Write a Thank-You Note When You Didn’t Get the Job

Test the letter you send after you didn't get the job to make sure it's gracious enough to build bridges.

Thank-You Letter Quiz

Test your thank-you letter to determine whether it would pass muster with our panel of hiring professionals.

Refresh Your Resume for 2011 Before You Have To

The new year is the perfect time to reflect on milestones, refresh the accomplishments and performance numbers and put it all down in your resume, should you need one in 2011.

Don’t Answer That Interview Question

Inappropriate interview questions and how to respond (diplomatically).

How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Don’t reduce the font size and increase the margin on your resume to shrink it to two pages.

The Resume Match Is Up to You

Don't expect that the resume screener is an expert.

Hiring Manager’s Brain Exposed

Hiring Manager Jillian Zavitz unveils her brain and what she looks for when she reviews a resume.


Top nine executive resume mistakes

HR managers see these resume mistakes over and over again. Follow this checklist to make sure your resume isn’t one of the clunkers.