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Archive for October, 2008

How To Write A Winning Resume

Monday, October 20th, 2008


On average, out of every 200 resumes, only one applicant is granted an interview. By following these suggestions, you can avoid some of the most common mistakes and possibly land the job.

Objective

This is your chance to detail what you’re looking for an employer. Narrow your objective down to a specific position and get straight to the point, leading into why you’re the best candidate for the job.

Summary

Here is where you list your qualifications. Be sure to list qualities that are relevant to the position and impress the interviewer without overdoing it. If you’re applying for a sales position, your auto-mechanics certificate doesn’t need to be mentioned.

Employment

While it’s a good idea to list of your previous jobs, you especially want to highlight those that relate to the position in question. Omit any insignificant or brief gaps that may indicate that you you’re a job-hopper.

Two-section Approach

In general, all great resumes are composed of two sections. In the first part you’ll list abilities and achievements that represent your qualifications. In the section second is where you back up these assertions with solid evidence in the way of your employment history and attributes.

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5 Resume Myths- Don’t Believe The Hype

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008


The hiring practice has changed drastically over the years. However, many of the same resume myths are still circulating. Here are 5 of the most common misconceptions:

# 1 – One-page rule – In truth, overall quality is more important than length. If you’re concerned about length, add a few extra pages to serve as an addendum and you’ll be just fine.

# 2 – It’s okay to lie - lying on your resume is the ultimate “no-no”. If you do get the job, there’s a great chance that the employer will check your references later, leading to termination or worse.

# 3 – You need an objective – though it wouldn’t hurt, an objective is not required. Many of them merely contain generic information the employee has seen on hundreds of resumes.

# 4 – You need references on the resume – contrary to several myths, your references do not have to be listed on the resume itself. Usually, a separate sheet is added to serve as the reference page.

# 5 – A broad resume is suitable for all jobs
– this may be the case if you’re specifically looking for work in the warehouse field. Just don’t go advertising your experience as a hi-lo driver when you’re applying for a telemarketing position.