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Tandem Powered offers a full suite of Professional Resume Writing, Career Development, and HR / Business Consulting services.


Tandem Powered's blog is dedicated to empowering readers by highlighting best practices in the arena of resume writing, career development, and organizational effectiveness, as well as by providing readers with an insider's view of the corporate hiring process.

Everyone's Resume Is A Mess

Kent Nolen

People don't get in touch with me because they think their resume is excellent and working well for them. Just the opposite, of course. Many of my clients reach out because they are frustrated with their current resume (or lack of a resume). Additionally, many are confounded about how to deal with what they perceive to be unique problems with their experience (e.g. windy career paths, job gaps, etc.) that makes creating an effective resume especially challenging.

If this sounds like you, I've got good news. You're not that alone and you're going to be just fine. Here's the truth… It may feel like you are the only person in the world who: has a career gap, didn't complete your degree, took a position that isn't related to what you really want to be doing, etc., but it simply isn't the case. There are very few professionals who have perfect, pretty, linear resumes. 

  • Let's remember, we went through a crippling recession during which lots of people lost their jobs.
  • New parents set their career ambitions aside to raise families all of the time.
  • Entrepreneurs start businesses that ultimately fail everyday.
  • Companies are constantly downsizing and reorganizing.
  • Sadly, students have to leave college to find work and provide for themselves or their families far too often.

No matter how complicated your career path or how many roadblocks there have been to your success in the past, there is a way to deal with it effectively on your resume. Trust me, I have seen it all! If you have been holding off on pursuing career goals because you don't know how to effectively deal with your past (on a resume), it is time to jump that hurdle. You just need to get in touch.