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My name is Tonya Wells, and I am the founder of Ally Resource Group, a 100% Woman-Owned Executive Search Firm and founder and writer for one of the most popular job blogs on the internet, BlogAboutJobs. I am an AIRS ECRE (Elite Certified Recruiting Expert), ACIR (Advanced Certified Internet Recruiter), CIR (Certified Internet Recruiter), PRC (Professional Recruiter Certification), CDR (Certified Diversity Recruiter), and CSSR (Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter) Certified Recruiter. AIRS is the gold standard for recruiting certification in the staffing and recruiting industry. I have 18+ years of sales and recruiting experience in a variety of industries. My firm provides retained searches, career coaching, and resume critiques/makeovers. I work with my clients to understand their organization’s pain, and goals to find talent, particularly passive candidates. As a career advisor, I work with job hunters to assist with interview preparation, find new and more satisfying career paths, and I work with VC start-ups and entrepreneurs to assist them with developing and executing their business strategy. I am also an author of several job-related Ebooks, and run several blog sites, including BlogAboutJobs. I also do guest writing for other people’s blog sites and for industry sites, and I do reviews of other people’s products and services and write about them on my blog site. If you’d like for me to write a review about one of your products or services, please connect with me, and let me know what your main objective is with having me write a review for you so that I can make sure to cover everything you’d like to have covered in the blog post. Please message me at tonya.wells@allyresourcegroup.com if you need assistance finding employees, with critiquing or doing a makeover of your resume or if you need career coaching because you are changing careers, looking for job advice with things such as salary or commission negotiations or promotions, or need help with a career search.

Will Ear Gauges Ruin Your Career?

Ear Gauges, Ear Tunnels, and Ear Spikes By Tonya Wells – There is a huge growing trend among the 15 to the 30-something year old crowd to stretch their ear lobes so that they have huge holes in them. Called ear gauging, the holes in the ear lobes are stretched a ...

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Deciding Whether or Not to Use Resume Builder | Resume Software

Resume Software

By Tonya Wells -Two of the biggest search terms that job candidates search for according to Google are “resume builder” and “resume samples”. A resume is one of those things that most job hunters MUST HAVE in order to get employed. The only exception to this might be non-professional jobs, ...

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First Impressions Count – There Are No Do-Overs

FirstImpressions

First Impressions Are Made in 5 Seconds By Tonya Wells – It’s an unconscious thing that we all do, but everyone makes automatic assumptions about someone within the first 5 seconds that we see them. It’s not intentional. It’s just automatic. There is something within our subconscious that takes in ...

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Comparison Chart of the Top 5 Resume Builder Software Applications

Resume Builder - Resume Format

By Tonya Wells -If you are currently working on revamping your resume, you might want to consider using resume builder software to speed up your efforts and improve the overall quality of your final resume. Below you will find a comparison chart of the Resume Builder Software that I recently ...

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Slighted on a Promotion? Don’t Turn in Your Notice Yet!

No Promotion

By Tonya Wells – Today is Promotion Day. You’ve been counting down the days for months now fully expecting to finally get that promotion to Manager, Sr. Manager, Director, Vice President, up to ‘fill in the blank’ job title. But, an hour ago, you were told that it’s just not happening this year. Your company overlooked ...

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Top 20 Things You Can Do to Project More Charisma

What is Charisma? By Tonya Wells – We all know it when we see it. It is instantaneous personal magnetism that some individuals seem to possess as a natural born gift. They draw others to them, are fun to be around, and they make you feel like you are instantly ...

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Top 10 Technical Interview Questions Prep Books

technical-interview-questions

How to Prepare for a Technical Interview By Tonya Wells – Preparing for a technical interview can be very stressful. You have no idea what questions are going to get asked from the vast array of software development concepts that are part of the possible interview question pool. This article ...

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Interview Tips: Top 10 Things That Can Irritate a Recruiter or Hiring Manager

By Tonya Wells – BlogAboutJobs.com recently conducted a survey with over 200 recruiters and hiring managers worldwide. We received a lot of feedback, and the results are published here. These recruiters and hiring managers were asked to submit their Top 10 Things That Irritate Them the Most About a Candidate ...

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How to Make a Resume – Questions to Get You Started and What to Include

Resume Builder Tips

By Tonya Wells – Part of the resume service that I provide includes sending out several checklists and questionnaires such as the one below to candidates prior to assembling their resume. I can provide guidance for how to make a resume, but only the candidate knows what experience, accomplishment, and ...

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Top 10 Reasons to Not Accept a Counteroffer

counteroffer

By Tonya Wells – You’ve been searching for a job for months! You’re so sick of your current job. You’re underappreciated, underpaid, your boss is a jerk, and there are a couple of coworkers you will be glad you never have to see again. And (you lucky dog, you), you ...

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Top 10 Interview Tips That Will Make You More Placeable

interview tips

By Tonya Wells – Finding a job is often an exhaustive process of searching corporate job boards, job search engines, and classifieds for available job openings. And to make matters worse, you are one of thousands of people who are also looking for a job in the exact same market. ...

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ResumeMaker Professional Deluxe 15 (Download) Review – Resume Builder Series

Resume Writing Tips

Resume Builder Series By Tonya Wells -One of the corporations who has produced the most options for resume builder / resume software is Individual Software, Inc. They are the makers of ResumeMaker Professional 15, available in a PC download version from Amazon.com here. Version 15 was released August 7, 2009, ...

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ResumeMaker Professional Ultimate 4 (Download) Review – Resume Builder Series

How to Make a Resume

Resume Builder Series By Tonya Wells – One of the corporations who has produced the most options for resume builder / resume software is Individual Software, Inc. They are the makers of ResumeMaker Professional Ultimate 4, available in a PC download version from Amazon.com here. ResumeMaker Professional Ultimate 4 was ...

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WinWay Resume Deluxe (CD) Review – Resume Builder Series

Resume Profile

Resume Builder Series By Tonya Wells -One of the resume builder / resume software applications that is consistently mentioned in the #1 spot by other reviews is Nova Development US’ application, WinWay Resume Deluxe. This version comes with a CD, as it is not available for immediate download. The current ...

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ResumeMaker Professional Deluxe 17 (Download) Review – Resume Builder

Find a job

Resume Builder Series By Tonya Wells – One of the corporations who has produced the most options for resume builder / resume software is Individual Software, Inc. They are the makers of ResumeMaker Professional Deluxe 17, available in a PC download version from Amazon.com here. Version 17 was released September ...

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ResumeMaker Ultimate 6 Review – Resume Builder Series

How to Write a Resume

Resume Builder Series By Tonya Wells -One of the corporations who has produced the most options for resume builder / resume software is Individual Software, Inc. They are the makers of ResumeMaker Ultimate 6, available in a PC download version from Amazon.com here. It is an upgrade from Ultimate 4, ...

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Tattoo Cover-Up: Can Company Dress Codes Ban Tattoos in the Workplace?

Dress Code Tattoo Cover Up

By Tonya Wells – Can your employer’s dress code ban you from showing your tattoos at work or force you to wear cover-up make-up over them? To make a long story short, yes they can, as long as the tattoos are not worn for religious or cultural reasons. A long ...

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Top 10 Interview Questions You Shouldn’t Ask a Potential Employee

By Tonya Wells – I get asked all the time for a list of interview questions that are illegal for companies to ask during a job interview. Some interview questions are just in poor taste, and some are not EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) compliant and are not legal to ask a potential ...

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Top 5 Creepy Things to Not Put on Your Resume

By Tonya Wells – In an attempt to get hired, sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. However, there are some things that even to a recruiter just scream of desperation. And, desperation is a turn-off to everyone, so try not to go overboard in your attempt to get hired. 1) ...

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Top 10 Job Search Engines to Help You Find a Job

Top 10 Job Boards

Top 10 Job Search Engines List By Tonya Wells – With the dizzying amount of job search engines that are available on the Internet today, you could spend weeks, even months, and still not get to all of them. Some job search engines are specific to certain job types or ...

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Top 10 Interview Shoe Tips – Interview Shoes to NOT Wear

Womens Shoes - Don't!

Interview Shoes By Tonya Wells – I have been in the recruiting business for many years now, and I can’t tell you how many people have lost me the minute I walked out to the lobby to bring them back to our conference room for their interview. The interview starts ...

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How to Deal With Personal Hygiene Issues At Work

Stinky Employees

Personal Hygiene Issues By Tonya Wells – I don’t care what culture you are from, if you have a medical condition, or if you just don’t like wearing it –nobody wants to have to deal with sitting next to or in meetings with a stinky employee. As a recruiter of ...

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