Making A Resume That Rocks

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Making a resume that will cause employers to want to hire you is a lot like making love.  You want to take your time, do it right, get some pleasure out of it, maybe even sweat a little.  Hopefully not in the literal sense, but hey, if that’s what it takes!

Making a resume that rocks is all about making sure you have tmaking a resumehe right words on paper to say all that you want to.  No, I’m not saying to write a biography about your exciting (or less than exciting in some of our cases, let’s face it!) life or to babble on and on about how much you want the job, but you should be able to get all of your job related skills and experience on your resume without making it look cluttered or losing your focus.

First of all, making a resume that includes the “right” words just means making sure your resume is geared toward the position you’re after.  In most cases, you should of course list all work experience, but in some cases you might just want to list related experience so that it’s the focus of your resume.

For example, making a resume for a job in education doesn’t really require you to include the job that you had when you were 16 waiting tables.  If you don’t have a lot of work experience and want to include it to give your resume more meat, you can… just make sure you make it sound related.  I know it may not really be true that being a server you were able to talk about the things you were learning in school and teach customers valuable things they didn’t know… but somehow working this in to a resume for teaching if you’re going to include that particular job will work to your advantage.

That being said, one of the biggest NO NO’s is to include exaggerations which some might say are flat out lies on your resume.  Making a rockin resume means making something that’s real and honest, a true representation of who you are.  So glamorizing an old job that may not look so good on paper may seem like a good idea at the time that you’re making a resume, but there’s a huge change it could backfire on you, so don’t do it.

If you were a stripper, calling yourself a “trained ballet dancer” is probably not a good idea.  Actually, I wouldn’t go around advertising that kind of work experience at all, but to each their own.  Also, blatant elaboration such as a job that you held as a secretary, but then saying that you were promoted to president of the company within 6 months is an obvious lie and definitely not conducive to making a resume that is going to get you an interview.

The most important tip, I think anyways, for making a resume that rocks is to make sure it’s grammatically correct.  There’s no point in showcasing your awesome skills if you can’t even spell or speak correctly.  No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t pay attention to detail or doesn’t use proper grammar.  If your resume shows these negatives, chances are you’re going to suck at the job too, so employers won’t bother taking a second look.  “I did my job real good,” might get a laugh out of someone, but it’s not going to score you an interview, which is what making a resume is all about.


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Making A Resume Top Priority: 5 Reasons Skipping This Crucial Step Is A Fool’s Move

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There are still some little lost souls out there that seem to think making a resume is unnecessary.  Good luck with that one.  This is not a step of the job-searching process you can decide to sit out.

Here are 5 reasons making a resume a top priority is the only choice.

1. Protocol

Wake up for a second and take a glimpse at reality.  Making a resume has and always will be a part of the job hiring process.  Convention demands you follow suit.  If you are in job search mode, you are expected to hand in a resume.  It’s as simple as that.

2. Positioning

Your resume does not only display the fact that you have it together enough to realize it is an expected document, but if written correctly it also serves the purpose of giving you a chance to present yourself in the most professional manner possible.  This first glimpse into your world offers a chance to stand out in a way a mere application could never do.  After reading your resume, employers should have the impression that you are an A list player who knows how to deliver results and make an economic impact on the company.

3.  Process

Aside from the fact that it is expected of you, preparing your resume is a process that sharpens your abilities while at the same time giving you the confidence of seeing your accomplishments and traits laid out on paper.  It reframes your life history not just for the people you wrote it for but for you, and once you’ve done that, you have built a mental framework from which to verbalize your experiences come interview time.

4. Permanent Reminder

While your resume might not be exactly carved in stone, it is a tangible representation of you that typically stays in the office—something they can go back to again and again, unlike a phone conversation or interview.  While much of the hiring process really comes down to the basic dynamics of human attraction, hiring managers will go back to the resume to justify their reasons for hiring you to both to themselves and those in the company you haven’t yet encountered.

5. Profit

When you learn about making a resume the right way, you will find that a dynamite business resume documents your bottom line profit orientation.  In other words, skillful resume writing teaches you to not just talk about strengths and experience but to talk about what the company cares about most—and that is your potential for being a profitable investment.

A good resume is an outline of how you have done this in the past and how you intend to do it for the company.  Your ability to make them a healthier or more profitable institution, in turn gives you greater job security and ammunition for commanding a higher salary—applications don’t present that opportunity.

These are basic ideas about what not turning in making a resume can do as far as limit you in your search, but what it all comes down to is that if you really think a resume is not necessary for getting a job, think long and hard about the kind of jobs that take applications and nothing more.  Do you really see yourself in a lifelong career with a company of that caliber?

Do you have any stories where not making a resume screwed up your chances of getting hired?  Or maybe you have a story to share where your resume really impressed and ultimately led to a job.  Chip in and share.


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