It doesn’t matter whether you are applying for your first job, or maybe a senior position with a company after 25 years experience, your resume is more than just a list of your previous jobs and qualifications. A resume that is professionally presented can be the key to your future success and the blueprint that your potential employer will be looking for and directly related to what you can offer in the future.
By taking into consideration how a potential employer will interpret and evaluate your resume can help give you an advantage in the job search process and help contribute to your success.
Its important to realize that for every job opportunity that is advertised an employer may receive hundreds of applications so the intial glance at a Resume is likely to be very brief, in fact about 10 seconds. Unless you make an immediate impression chances are that your application will be on a fast trip to the waste basket.
The Header of Your Resume
In regards to the brief amount of time that your resume will be initially scanned for it quickly becomes clear that the heading of the Resume is one of the most important aspects. Remember that an email address and a phone number are vital for the header. Make sure your email address is a serious sounding one to, not something silly like firstname.lastname@example.org – you get the picture. You would be amazed how many people have lame sounding email address’s its better to just use some kind of name format and leave it at that.
An attention grabbing Headline or Statement
You need to sum up your professional objectives and skillset in one to two sentences that is your advertising slogan for both you and the tempter to read the rest of your resume. Here is an example of a great headline..
Goal achieving Sales Professional with extensive technical background and demonstrated experience in the management of junior employees
This should be the next thing on your Resume after the Header, so far we have them hooked, lets continue.
Avoid potential filtering
It is prudent to avoid anything that could potentially cause you to be filtered out of the running at this point, in other words let your skils and accomplishments speak for themselves and don’t fill your resume up with unnecessary and potentially harmful information like age, sex, ethnicity, religion or physical disabilities. Of course legally employers are not able to discriminate against these things however it may give them cause to find some other reason to place you on the discarded pile.
Choose the right type of Resume
There are a number of different types of Resumes that you can create, main ones are Chronological, functional and combination.
Chronological – This is where the work history is layed out in step by step fashion ordered by date. This is best suited to job seekers with a steady work history.
Functional – This type of resume highlights two to four major skills and is preferred by those that are re-entering the workforce or changing career
Hybrid – The hybrid resume is a combination of the two previous formats and is ideal for those that are self employed or consultants
Although every resume should and will be different, it is best that is organized in such a way that it is both easy to follow as well as highlighing the specific skills and experience that you will bring to the employer and their company.
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