WHY ARE RESUMES SO IMPORTANT
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 impossible.
YOUR RESUME SHOULD ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS
Who are you? To determine how well your résumé addresses this, we suggest having friends or colleagues read it. Within five seconds of them looking at the résumé, snatch it back from them and quiz them on what they know about you as a job seeker based on what they read. If they can't offer a quick answer that truly describes you, your résumé's summary needs some work.(Objective)
What can you do for me? The most effective way to show employers the value you offer is to show them how you've contributed to an employer's success elsewhere. To be truly compelling, these examples must be specific, measurable accomplishments that cite numbers and other details. (Objective)
Do you have the skills I'm looking for? Scan job ads and job descriptions to discover which skills are most relevant to the employers and recruiters receiving your résumé. Then strategically place them throughout your résumé to ensure it makes it past computer scans and into the hands of employers and recruiters. (Special Skills – Change to fit job applying for)
Where have you worked before? This one should be simple. Employers want to know where you worked, for how long and which job titles you've held that may indicate how prepared you are for a role at their organization.
Is your experience relevant to my needs? Sometimes it's necessary to expand upon a job title or job description to truly demonstrate that you have experience that applies to the job you're seeking. Consider using bullets to present brief and interesting information that is relevant to the employer. (Employment History – expand on a job if relevant to application)
Do you have the right education and credentials? If you have the education, credentials and training needed to qualify for the job, be sure to say so! Use commonly accepted terminology and keywords in this section to ensure your information isn't misinterpreted or overlooked by employers or résumé scanners. (Skills – Accomplishment – like industry certifications)
What kind of person are you? Adding insightful information about what makes you special can be a definite plus on your résumé and help decision-makers discriminate between you and another candidate, even before you've met in person. We suggest including "extras," such as a branding statement and relevant information about foreign languages you speak, computer proficiencies or activities you enjoy. (Objective)
Do I see any "red flags" in your background? Gaps in employment (an indication of job hopping), spending too much time in the same job or résumé errors may alert employers and recruiters that you are not the type of candidate they're looking for in their organization. To avoid drawing attention to "red flags" on your résumé, make sure you make your accomplishments and skills stand out as strongly as possible. (Work History – be careful what you list and how)
Can I easily get in touch with you? After all your hard work in putting together a powerful résumé, don't forget the essentials! It doesn't matter how great your résumé is, if you don't include a phone number, address and e-mail address somewhere on the résumé, you'll never hear from the employer or recruiter. Just be careful not to include too much contact information. This can be overwhelming for people wanting to know that the number they call first is the one that puts them directly in touch with you. (Cell Phone Usage)
Typing a resume can be very difficult & stressful. We have developed three templates to make this process much easier and assist with the development of a professional resume.
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Cover Letters can also be very difficult to create. Below is the basic format of a letter along with tips for each section of the letter.