Monday, December 30, 2013

Writing A Winning Job Resume

This is why your job resume is important: It is the first part of you a prospective employer will ever see. With the economy and unemployment being what they are these days, you will find yourself competing against plenty of applicants when searching for a job. Because of this, it is important that you understand how to make your job resume stand out. It might seem like there is nothing you can do on a job resume but list your previous jobs and hope for the best. But in so doing, you will be limiting yourself greatly. Instead, you should learn how to make your resume stand out from those around it, creating the feeling with a prospective employer that they "have to" call you and bring you in for an interview.

The first thing to consider when writing your interview is the design. Although this might seem like an odd starting point for your resume (after all, it's not as if you are applying to be a document designer), you will understand if you consider the prospective employer's perspective. The person reading your resume has likely been at their desk for hours, poring over a huge pile of resumes. In fact, studies have proven that the initial look a resume gets lasts about 15-20 seconds. You will not make tired eyes feel kind toward you if you fill the resume with small font and big, blockish paragraphs. Instead, you should aim to design your resume in such a way that it sports clear headings and lots of white space. When tired eyes come across such a resume, it will seem like an inviting escape; you might even get them to spend more than 15-20 seconds on their first glance!

The next thing to consider is the qualifications and accomplishments section, which will go a long way in setting you apart from other applicants. Never fabricate this section, but make sure you dig deep to uncover things that might not have popped into your mind right away. If anything seems as though it might be useful to them in making a decision (especially a decision that will lead them closer to you), include it!

Finally, your qualifications section will be extremely important in selling you to a prospective employer. In this section, you should aim to set yourself far above the others who might be applying. Think of this section as an advertisement, where you tell the prospective employer all the reasons why they should "buy" you.

While job searching in these uncertain times can be frightening, it can become a lot easier when you follow these steps and write a winning job resume.

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