Entering or reentering the job market can be a daunting task. Your resume should be designed to sell you! Consider yourself a product and your resume is your brochure. Why would a hiring manager be interested or want to buy you? Does your resume have the "right" keywords to get you noticed?
your resume does not stand, has questionable content or is not put
together very well, it can be a deal breaker. The following are some
ideas on how you can create and present a great resume for success at
your next job interview.
While the job of your resume is to
tell everything about you to the interviewer, it is your job to put
together a resume that can provide all of that information in a short
summarization. Your resume should never need to be more than one page
in length. If it is, figure out which pieces of information are not
essential and cut them from the final product.
feel that they can impress the hiring staff by using specialty papers
and fonts with their resume. Do not make this mistake. When human
resource managers or shop owners make a decision about who to hire,
they do so based on the qualifications of the applicants - not because
they took extra effort in preparing their resumes. Your resume needs to
be easy to read, it does not need to be pretty.
If you have
a short employment history, you may feel compelled to list every single
job you have ever had to make your resume appear more impressive. If
you are applying for a specialized position, you need only include
employment history information that relates to the position you are
applying for, which lets the interviewer know that you have previous
experience in the field for which you are applying.
are pretty good that you are going to be typing out your resume on a
computer, using some sort of word processing software. This software
has spelling and grammar checks for a reason. Use it. Make sure that
you have used the proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and have
more than one person double check it after you have, just to be sure.
One popular mistake is to lie or embellish (this can get you fired even
after they hire you) in one's resume. No, not all employers check to
make sure that the employment and personal references for an applicant
are accurate, but that is not the point. You do not want to start out
your employment relationship with falsehoods, so do not pad your resume
with things that you never did.
There is no need to attach a
list of previous employer and personal references to your resume.
Simply note in your resume that references are available upon request,
and during your interview, you can offer to deliver copies of those to
the interviewer if need be. This shows your willingness to share this
information, but cuts down on waste in case the interviewer does not
resume must match your skill set and what you will state in your first
two minutes of any job interview when a hiring manager asks, "Tell me
An interview coach
can make sure your resume can get you noticed, matches your skill set
and prepares you for the interview to make a lasting impression.
Being prepared will help make you more confident and a better candidate.
Good luck with you job search.