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  • TEN Pointers for Writing the PERFECT Resume- Get one STEP closer to your DREAM Job NOW!

    TEN Pointers for Writing the PERFECT Resume- Get one STEP closer to your DREAM Job NOW!It's brutal out there. Forget the “pretty” resume. To compete, you need an effective resume.

    Painful FACT: - The hiring official at your dream company would rather not read your resume. Don’t take it personally. He’d rather not read anybody’s resume. Unexciting text, pat phraseology, ubiquitous exaggerations; it’s torture. Still, he has to read some of them because it is the only way to get some warm bodies on the interview chair!

    But don’t expect him to like it. In fact, expect him to do everything in his power to get rid of your resume as fast as humanly possible. His immediate goal is to eliminate you from further consideration in the placement process. The more applicants he eliminates and the faster he does it, the sooner he can get back to the life he prefers–lambasting his subordinates with the oxymoron of Perform or Perish!

    Resumes are for screening

    It’s important to understand that the sole purpose of a resume is to get you through the preliminary screening. Those resumes that are able to take their resume past the screening process are effective and the others are not! To make you an EFFECTIVE resume, to make a resume that takes you past the screening process, you must keep the following very important pointers in mind—

    1. Keep it short. The effective resume is preferably one page, two at the most. If you’ve written a novel, tear it apart and cut it down to one/two pages.

    2. Use Design That Grabs Attention. Employers make snap judgments when glancing at your resume. If they see unrelated job titles or skills the likelihood is very high that they will make an immediate assumption that you are not qualified for the job you want. Adding to this problem is the fact that employers don't have the time to read through each of your job descriptions to determine if you have the skills they need.

    3. Create Content That Sells. Resume design should get attention but it's really the content of your resume, the descriptions you include of your skills and abilities, that determine how many interviews you generate--as well as the level of salary offers you receive. Compare the before and after statements from a sample resume shown below:
    Before Resume: Maintained records for accounts receivable and accounts payable accounts.
    After Resume: Managed over 1,000 accounts receivable and payable accounts working directly with the Chief Financial Officer.

    4. As you are writing, try not to use the same words over and over.
    Avoiding repetition will make your resume more exciting. Drop in some of the following action words to jazz things up a bit:

    5. Analyze Ads and Job Descriptions to Identify Key Words. Learning how to analyze the key words that employers provide in help wanted ads and job descriptions are a key element in creating powerful resumes.

    6. Identify and Solve Employer's Hidden Needs. In addition to the skills or needs listed in the ad shown above, the employer will have many more needs that one should identify and address in his resume. To beat today's heavy competition for jobs, it's important that you identify and anticipate the full range of needs each employer faces and show how you can solve those needs.

    7. Portray yourself as a problem solver.

    8. If you have degrees, certifications, or specialized training, note it.
    Try to include any related unpaid work that you have done, such as internships. Whatever you do, don't list your hobbies unless they directly apply. Concentrate only on what demonstrates your value; leave everything else out.

    9. Quantify your accomplishments with hard numbers whenever possible, but never mention your current or expected salary on the resume.

    10. Check, check, check for misspellings.
    Don’t ever, ever, ever submit a resume or post it online without doing a spell check. In fact, take it a step further and have one or two friends or colleagues proofread the resume for spelling and grammar problems. Do this because an automated spell check program will not know whether you meant to say "principal" or "principle." Both are spelled correctly but mean totally different things. It will not know that you erred by using a verb in the present tense when referring to a job in the past tense.
    None of this may seem that critical to you, but trust us, it’s critical to the hiring official.


    Whatever you do, always remember the The 5 C's of Resume Writing-

    • Convincing
    • Concise
    • Clear
    • Consistent
    • Clean

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