Resume Tips to Help You Get Started With Your Job Search
First, what is the purpose of a resume?
The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a quick advertisement of whom you are and what you have to offer a potential employer.
Your resume acts as a marketing document. Its purpose is to introduce you to a potential employer. It promotes what you have to offer and entice them into wanting to know more.
If your resume does what its supposed to do you should get called in for an interview. If you are not getting any interviews then the problem probably lies within your resume.
Here are 4 resume tips that should help you perfect your resume and get started on finding the job you want.
Begin With the Basics
The first thing on your resume should be your name (bold and larger font than the rest) followed by your contact information such as your address, email address, and phone number. Make sure this information is accurate and up to date. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to call on a resume and the contact information was wrong.
Target Your Resume
Tailor your resume and cover letter for each position. Many applicants create a generic resume and send it out for every job of interest. Most often this is just a waste of time. You should take the time to review in detail the job advertisement and the required qualifications.
Craft your resume and work experience to support what the employer is looking for. Address each point in enough detail that the employer can easily find the information on your resume and cover letter and understand your depth of experience. One resume does not fill all.
Proofread Your Work
This cannot be emphasized enough! One small typo and your chances of getting an interview may be gone. Proofread your document several times. Walk away and come back to it later and proofread again.
Only Include What Matters
You don’t need to list all your work experiences. If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that isn’t relevant to the current opportunity, you should just omit them. Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position.
I hope these resume tips helped give you a better idea on how you can improve your resume. Thank you for taking your time to read this post.
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