Tips For Creating A Killer Resume

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When one goes for an interview, the potential employer has no idea of who the applicant is. In some cases, the person applied to the ad while others used a headhunter or job site on the internet and matched their credentials for the position.

The first impression employers always look at is one’s resume. Given the many that apply, this usually takes about 30 seconds and so with the limited words, one must be sure that the resume is well written and grammatically correct.

The resume must say almost everything about the person. This should always start with pertinent information such as the person’s name, age, address, contact number and social security number. The details here are needed so if one is considered to be a potential employer, it will be easy for the company to get in touch with the applicant and be scheduled for an interview.

Next is the career objective which is the reason why the applicant wants to apply for the position. By putting a strong goal in mind and not a general one, the employer will see that this person has a direction which is why that person wants to work for the company.

The next section should include the relevant skills and knowledge one has had in the current and previous jobs as well as highlighting one’s major accomplishments. By putting in detail the things one has done in that position and experiences learned from it, that information is already basis for the employer to see the potential the applicant has for that position. It shows the qualities one possesses and the benefits one can contribute to the further growth of the company.

After that, the resume should show one’s educational background. Some companies prefer someone with a degree in a certain field, a licensed professional to do the job or one who possesses a master’s degree. By showing one’s credentials, it is a good indicator of the type of training one has possessed in school and the accomplishments one has achieved in the course of one’s career.

The latter section should provide details such as hobbies, interests and character references. Employers look at potential applicants who not only have the qualifications for the job but also those who also those who are well rounded. Being active in a certain organization and be seen as a leader in a group shows one’s social skills with others. Character references do the same and give people an idea how one performed working with that person.

There is no ideal resume. It depends on the job. It is an important step one must pass before being called for that first interview.

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Three Mistakes that Send a Resume Straight to the Shredder

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You likely already know just how difficult it can be to get a job, or even an interview; but it needn’t be quite as difficult if you’re confident that you’ve got a strong resume. When you’ve got total confidence in your resume’s ability to sell you as a person, you’ll feel much more comfortable applying to a whole range of jobs – and it’ll show in your performance at interview. You need to look at your resume as your counterpart; once you’re in the interview it serves as your sidekick, backing you up and making you look even better. But if your resume doesn’t do its job properly, you won’t be getting one – so you need to be sure that it’s working as hard as possible. You’ve probably been told exactly what to include when writing your resume a million times. With this in mind, let’s take a look at three things you need to avoid when making a resume.

Spelling and grammar mistakes

If there’s one thing that will get your resume thrown into the jaws of the shredder faster than anything it’s consistent spelling and grammar errors. One of the main things employers look for in new starters is attention to detail and the ability to communicate well. By littering your resume with errors, you’re proving only that you’re incapable of both. Obviously some people do have problems with spelling, punctuation, and grammar; however you should always have your resume checked by another set of eyes before it gets anywhere near an employer’s desk. When you’re making a resume you should always put yourself in the shoes of your potential new boss: don’t simply write it and forget it, read it over and over and triple-check it for any inaccuracies.

Over-exaggeration (or even lies)

Here’s a simple truth: almost everyone inflates the truth slightly when making a resume. It’s only natural to use elaborative language and create a sense of passion, dedication, and motivation. That’s just fine, and it’s almost expected by employers. However, if you over-do it, or actively invent qualifications or achievements, you could get yourself into real trouble. Lots of job-seekers seem to be under the impression that employers don’t verify any of the things on your resume – but nothing could be further from the truth. OK, so they may not call up your piano teacher and check that you really did get that Grade 4, but they’re very likely to double-check your academic qualifications – so always be as honest as possible! If you really feel that you need to elaborate, you do have some room in the descriptions of previous roles. For example, it’s perfectly acceptable to take credit for a successful project if you had a good hand in it. So, this point actually works both ways: don’t lie, but don’t withhold or play down key achievements either. If you were the number one caravan insurance salesman in your city, or you secured a million dollar deal – shout about it!

Lack of direction or focus

Here’s something that the folks with the most successful resumes already know: you need to tailor your resume to the job. Because every job is different, even within the same industry, you need to be sure that your resume sells the skills that are most applicable to that role. If your resume is too ‘fluffy’ or general, employers will rapidly be turned off. You need to list the reasons why your particular skillset is perfect for the job and this job in particular. We’re not saying write an entirely new resume, far from it; you simply need to be sure that the resume fits the job. For example, if you wanted to work in marketing writing, you may want to add this to your area of interest section on your resume, rather than simply ‘marketing’. It makes you look more focused on the role, and it’ll let the employer instantly know that you are a suitable choice for the job.

There are of course many other things employers don’t like in a resume: one that’s too long, irrelevant experience listed, poor formatting, lack of detail, and much more. You’ll already know that resume writing is somewhat of an art form, but once you get it right it’ll serve you now and long into the future.

 

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