So what makes a good resume?


One that makes your phone ring!

You can't get in the door until you get
that telephone call!

              
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Resume Tips

RESUME TIPS

Research shows that only one interview is granted for every 200 resumes received by the average employer.

Research also tells us that your resume will be quickly scanned, rather than read. Ten to twenty seconds is all the time you have to persuade a prospective employer to read further.

Understand that more and more companies are using an 
"On-line Application" process.  The old days of sending in or emailing in your resume and getting a phone call is becoming more obsolete!  Now you will be asked to complete an "On-line Employment Application", along with attaching your resume.  It's very important to address any
"gaps in your employment" -
Right Now!!

What this means is that the decision to interview a candidate is usually based on an overall
first impression of the resumeand a  close review of the Employment Application.  This resume screening must impress the reader and convince them that the candidate’s qualifications compels them to set-up an interview.  

As a result, the top half of the first page of your resume will either make you or break you. By the time they have read the first few lines, you have either caught their interest, or your resume has failed, (or it is not a match for the open position). That is why we say that your resume is a 20 second ad for yourself.  You hope it will have the same result as a well-written ad: to get the reader to respond.

FOCUS ON THE EMPLOYER’S NEEDS, NOT YOURS

Imagine that you are the person doing the hiring. This person is not some anonymous paper pusher deep in the bowels of the personnel department. Usually, the person who makes the hiring decision is also the person who is responsible for the bottom line productivity of the project, department or group you hope to join. This is a person who cares deeply how well the job will be done. You need to write your resume to appeal directly to them.

Ask yourself: What would make someone the perfect candidate? What does the employer really want? What special abilities would this person have? What would set a truly exceptional candidate apart from a merely good one?

A GREAT RESUME HAS TWO SECTIONS

In the first, you make assertions about your abilities, qualities and achievements. You write powerful, but honest, advertising copy that makes the reader immediately perk up and realize that you are someone special.  Remember to think "20 second ad for yourself".

The second section, the evidence section, is where you back up your assertions with evidence that you actually did what you said you did. This is where you list and describe the jobs you have held, your education, etc. This is all the stuff you are obliged to include.

           The reasons your resume may not be working for you
There can be many reasons your resume is not working for you, including no focus, or a reduction in the need for a particular position in the workplace (think manufacturing jobs); or sending your resume in response to an open position that does not relate to your skills and experience (if I send out enough resumes I'll get something theory).

Here is where the problem can be when applicants do that - many companies are very cautious about a claim of discrimination.  The hiring process starts with a set of requirements that a "True Applicant"
must have to be considered. They may also have a statement that "only Applicants with the following requirements will be considered an Applicant (example: position requires a particular degree - applicant does not have the degree - this is not a true Applicant and will not be considered).

The company may also be required to report all applicants for all positions in any given month/year because of an "Affirmative Action Plan" requirement (companies with a government contract)  and there are even companies who will state that they "do not accept unsolicited resumes". 

Today's job search is much different than the "old days".  There are more requirements and laws; there are more places to search (Social Media, Web-sites, Email, Recruiters, Temp Services - just to name a few). 

No Applicant will "snail mail" a resume!  Most Job Postings will ask the Applicant to complete an Employment Application and send along with the resume!  It is really not a good idea for a company to call or interview anyone without a completed
Employment Application!

                                               Resume Styles
1. Chronological:  List positions by dates, with current first (not good for anyone who has been out of work for a period of time)

2.  Functional:  List all of your skills.  (not good for those with outdated skills, have an employment gap, and there is no way to see how current the skills are or how long the applicant has used them)

3.  Combination:  Best!  (Start out with your skills and end with past employers).

I know some people believe that the best style is the Functional style.  The theory is that the person reviewing the resume will be so enthralled with the skills they will call them for an interview.  The reality is no company should interview anyone without a completed Employment Application!  As a matter of fact the hiring company will now ask the applicant to complete an Employment Application. The Employment Application will show the employment gaps right away.
The Employment Application is a legal document and when you sign it you are swearing that everything is correct and true - including dates.   

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