I once read a story where someone had listed in their resume some special skills, one of which was thyping! Well I guess a typo like that it is sort of funny. For many people though, the task of putting together a resume can seem a bit daunting, to say the least.
There are probably as many ways of writing a resume as there are people writing them.
The trick is to make sure yours gets read, and that means making it easy on the eye with easy to find, relevant information.
First off, you need to think about your prospective employer - having to read piles of resumes after they place the job advertisement. They start off eagerly, but then get more and more sleepy until they can hardly keep their eyes open. Same old, same old. Then they come to yours! They stop, put down their cuppa and read and read.
Think about this -
What makes them stop at yours?
What makes them want to read it?
Any answers? No? Then you're not thinking about them, you're thinking about yourself.
They stopped because something caught their eye - a highlighted phrase, some relevant information, a well formatted document - relevant to their needs.
They’re looking for someone to fill a position in the company ... they are probably going to have to work with that person, once employed ... they have specific criteria or qualifications they are looking for ...
At the top of everyone's list is what they know and can do, followed by how they look and act.
The challenge remains - How can you achieve a balance between writing a resume that stresses how much you know, how well qualified you are and what you are like as an individual?
One way to do this is to make sure you update your resume for each and every job you apply for. Check out the specific job selection criteria and focus on the elements that relate directly to that job. You may even need to remove some irrelevant information.
Don’t be scared to have multiple copies of your resume. It is not a ‘one fits all’ type of document.
Last but not least, check your resume for spelling errors. There is nothing worse than a glaring typo which will ultimately see your application put on the ‘culled’ list.
It's useless if nobody reads it, right? Right!
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