The average employer spends
only 10 seconds looking at a resume. Yet it is the only
contact you have with the potential employer. Most employers
are actually looking for a reason NOT to interview you.
There is no room for anything but a flawless, compelling
document that reflects who you are and what you've accomplished
in the most beneficial light. In this increasingly competitive
job market, you must have a professionally crafted resume
in order to stand out among the hundreds of job seekers
applying for the same position as you-it's no longer an
option. Is your homemade resume ready to make the cut?
You work hard everyday. You've spent years acquiring the
skills needed to outperform the competition-and make no
mistake about it-this is a competition. Don't let a single
mistake misrepresent years of hard work. Remember, only
10 seconds can decide your future. Regardless of your
professional and educational background, your career will
be summed up in the blink of an eye on a single piece
of paper. Communicating your qualifications effectively
is harder than you think. The purpose of your resume is
to make a good first impression, and if you cannot achieve
this goal, then your chances of an interview are virtually
Even the strongest writers in the world
need editors to review their work. A single mistake on
a resume will be caught by either a resume writer or a
potential employer-which would you prefer? Adept at gauging
your qualifications, please understand exactly what employers
look for and will describe your complishments and skills
in the most effective manner. Have you overlooked a duty
you performed that might be crucial to obtaining a new
job?. Please get help from professionals before posting
Points for Your Resume
Engineers, Programmers, accountants, teachers
or CEOs have to prepare resumes for almost every job on
the planet. But unless you carefully and objectively examine
your resume before sending it out, recycling bins across
America may be filling up with those ill-planned documents.
Before mailing your next
resume, check the eleven point below:
Don't try to save money by printing your resume on
cheap copy paper instead of good quality stock.
Check for typos, grammatical errors and coffee stains.
Use the spell check feature on your word processor and
ask a friend to review the resume to find mistakes you
might have missed.
Size of your Resume:
If your career warrants a two-page resume,
then go ahead and create a document that reflects the
full range of your experience and accomplishments. Don't
reduce the type size to such a degree that your resume
difficult to read.
Don't fudge over dates or titles on your resume to hide
the fact that you have been unemployed, that you switched
jobs too frequently or that you held low-level positions.
If a prospective employer conducts a back ground check
and discovers that you lied, you can kiss the job good-bye.
4. Clear Your
you are seeking a job in a field in which you have no
prior experience, don't use the chronological
format for your resume. By using a functional or skills-oriented
format, you can present your relevant experience and skills
5. Show Your
Achievements: Don't simply copy
the job description jargon from your company's HR manual.
To show that you are more qualified than the competition
for the positions you are seeking, you need to do more
than simply list your job
responsibilities. Present specific accomplishments and
achievements: percentages increased, accounts expanded,
awards won, etc.
6. Don't Show
reasons: why you left the Past Job ?:
Don't include the reasons you are no longer working at
each job listed on your resume. The phrases Company sold,"
"Boss was an idiot" and "Left to make more
money" have no place on your resume.
7. Show your
Current Experience: While it is
certainly acceptable to have a two-page resume, don't
list every single job
you've ever held. Personnel managers are most interested
in your experience from the last 10 years, so focus on
your most recent and most relevant career experience.
8. Mail your
resume if You Qualify: Don't mail
out your resume to every ad in the Sunday or Saturday
newspaper. If you are not even remotely qualified for
a position, don't apply. Read the ads, determine if you
have the right credentials and save the wear and tear
on your printer.
Resume Only: Don't include copies
of transcripts, letters of recommendation or awards, unless
you are specifically asked to do so. If you are called
in for an interview, you may bring these extra materials
along in your briefcase for show-and-tell.
information: Don't include information
on your marital status, age, race, family or hobbies.
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