Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Make Your Resume Work For You, Not Against You

Your resume is a key component in landing you the right job. A good resume gives the job seeker a voice. It tells who you are, what you have accomplished, and where you are going. Does your resume say all this about you?

Let's take a quick look at some good guidelines to follow:

1) Make sure your resume is 1 page and definitely no more than 2. (1 page is recommended)

Remember, employers are looking for a quick overview that will sell them on why they should interview you for their open position. Don't give them your life's history.

2) Tailor your resume to the specific job that you are applying for.

If you're applying for a customer service position, there is no need to include your janitorial experience. Keep the information relative to what you would be doing in the job for which you are interviewing.

3) Make sure your resume is updated (ex: contact information,etc.)

Don't forget to include your most recent work history. Don't leave gaps in employment- that raises flags for employers that may leave you out of the running for the job. Don't include your like/dislike/children's names or shoe size! These details are irrelevant unless specifically requested by the interviewer.

4) Does your resume have all the correct information?

A) Contact Detail
B) Career Objective
C) Employer History
D) Education and Training Qualifications
E) Demonstrated skills
F) Special achievements and rewards
G) References

Here are some helpful sites to build a great resume:

http://www.how-to-write-a- resume.org/

Remember that a great resume will leave a lasting impression on an employer. So if you are not getting responses to the resume you are sending out; it might not be working for you. Consider takings your resume to a professional resume writer. Usually there is a cost involved, but often times the professional writer will design and write a resume that stands out miles above the rest!

DON'T FORGET THE TAMPA EMPLOYMENT GUIDE JOB FAIR IS FEBRUARY 9, 2010 FROM 10 AT: Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617. We'll have resume writers to help you review your resume, free of charge!

Carly Sabato

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