Michele Lando

A native San Franciscan, Michele Lando is a certified professional resume writer and founder of writestylesonline.com. She has a passion for helping others present the best version of themselves, both on paper and in person, and works to polish individuals' application packages and personal styles. Aiming to help create a perfect personal branding package, Write Styles presents tips to enhance your resume and style and boost your confidence.

Inside Recruiting April 7, 2022
Why a Firm Handshake Can Make or Break You When Networking

If you're like most people, your handshake is one of the first impressions you make. A firm handshake can show that you're confident and assertive, while a weak or limp handshake can communicate that you're shy or submissive. In a job interview or networking situation, a strong handshake can make all the difference in establishing a positive relationship with the person you're meeting. So how...

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Get Hired December 17, 2018
Highlight Your Value by Integrating These 5 Skills Into Your Resume

It is important that your resume effectively articulates your accomplishments and what you can bring to the table. Otherwise, how will you stand out from all the other applicants and land the position? Your resume must be accomplishment-based, rather than responsibility-based. That is, your resume should highlight what you've achieved instead of simply stating that you hold a certain...

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Get Hired December 10, 2018
4 Strategies to Help You Negotiate The Salary You Deserve

According to CNN, the average American worker saw a salary increase of 3 percent in 2018 — but when adjusting for inflation, that only translates to a 1 percent raise. If you're underpaid, don't feel discouraged. Know that it can happen to anyone — and that it can be overcome. Know the Facts About Underpayment One key thing to know is that staying within your current role or...

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Success November 3, 2017
5 Ways to Communicate With Confidence

Communicating with confidence is the difference between telling your boss that you need the day off and asking if it would be possible to take the day off. While you shouldn't act self-righteous or disrespect your superiors, it is important to take charge and act on what you need. It can be a hard to communicate with confidence, especially if you aren't used to actively telling people how...

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Get Hired October 27, 2017
I'm Interviewing With a Startup. What Should I Wear?

With casual dress codes becoming more common, especially among startups, many job seekers are wondering just what they should wear to their interviews. Luckily, the matter isn't as confusing as it may seem. Just follow a few simple steps: Look Up the Company Online Companies like Glassdoor allow employees to rate and comment on their employers, giving you an inside look at the company...

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Success October 20, 2017
The Art of Keeping Your Sanity as a Solopreneur

Many articles deal with the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship, but comparatively little is said about "solopreneurship." Like an entrepreneur, a solopreneur is a person who starts their own business. The difference is that an entrepreneur typically has the support of a team of some kind, whereas a solopreneur runs their business alone, single-handedly. I myself am a...

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Get Hired October 13, 2017
This One Detail Could Totally Transform Your Resume

People tend to leave one crucial detail out of their resumes: their results! However, including this detail could totally transform your resume and make it much more effective. Don't sell yourself short. Give your results a prominent place on your resume. Why Do Results Matter? Anyone can say they're a great employee, but very few people can actually prove it. That's where results...

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Get Hired June 28, 2017
These Statistics Will Change the Way You Apply to Jobs

According to Glassdoor, every corporate job opening attracts an average of 250 resumes. Only 4-6 of these candidates will be interviewed, and of course, only one will receive a job offer. In terms of percentages, this means that only about 2 percent of candidates for a job will ever get called to interview. What This Means for You These stats should remind you to keep things in...

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Get Hired June 26, 2017
For a Punchier Resume, Use the Active Voice

If your resume is full of phrases like "was responsible for ...", then you're using the passive voice. A lot of people make this mistake. If you want a stronger resume, you need to replace the passive voice with the active voice. The Difference Between Active and Passive Voice: In a nutshell, the passive voice describes things that happened to you; the active voice describes things...

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Success June 19, 2017
Are You Giving Yourself the Credit You Deserve?

Nearly everyone has a side hustle these days, but few take credit for being an entrepreneur. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, in 2014 only 2 percent of millennials claimed to be self-employed, compared with 7.6 percent for Gen. X-ers and 8.3 percent of baby boomers. While many people are both self-employed and traditionally employed, people will often only claim the...

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Get Hired June 16, 2017
How to Take Charge of Your Career and Land the Job of Your Dreams

Want to take charge of your career and land the job of your dreams? It's easier than you might think! That isn't to say it's a walk in the park. Snagging your dream job will take some work, but if you follow the right steps and put in the effort, you can absolutely make it happen. The idea is to mold yourself into the perfect candidate in the employment market. Once you've done the research...

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Get Hired June 12, 2017
4 Ways to Get Back Into the Workforce After Extended Time Off

Figuring out how to get back into the workforce after extended time off can be frustrating. Many employers want to hire candidates with recent work experience, and if you don't have that, the job hunt can be extremely daunting. While it may appear as if you're stuck in a perpetual state of unemployment, there are many ways to get back into the workforce after extended time off. Here are...

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