Crafting the perfect resume to land a job

06.26.2013


Creating the perfect resume, one that will help you land that dream job, may seem difficult at the beginning, but there are more than enough ways to perfect it, ensuring your skills will shine through when it lands on the desk of your future boss.

While you may think including every accomplishment you've ever achieved is a plus, it can be easy to overstuff a resume with fluff, sending it into the recycling bin. One tip to craft a great resume is to make it customized for each separate job you apply for, according to Youtern.com. It may eat up a lot of time, but managers can tell when an applicant is sending one stock resume to every job they apply for, especially when it's filled with work unrelated to the position. Listing every job you've ever had, especially if you've worked in many places, can actually prove detrimental. Only include info directly related to the job you want.

If you're looking for another job while currently working, be careful with the contact information listed on your resume. While it's smart to add home phone numbers and primary email addresses, especially a cell phone number, listing your work contact information can backfire, as employers often keep watch over employee correspondence and the wrong phone call or email can lead to reprimands or even firings.

For those dealing with extended periods of unemployment, make sure your resume reflects the reasons why, such as traveling or volunteering. If an employer sees a long employment gap and thinks you're hiding something, they'll remove you from contention quickly. If you do list volunteering work, make sure the skills utilized during the experience can positively reflect upon the position; unrelated information is likely to confuse your employer or cause a lack of trust.

The importance of social media
In today's work environment, attaching links to social media on a resume, primarily a LinkedIn account, can look great if your profile presents you in a positive light. At the same time, oversharing is a sure-fire way to prevent yourself from getting hired. What may be a joke on Facebook or Twitter might not look that way to a potential employer. Countless stories have been told about employees getting fired over their social media conduct; make sure you don't join that list.

Including related skills from other work, and even skills developed outside of work environments, can be a big plus on a resume. Traveling abroad, learning skills in classes or through self-teaching, or knowledge of other languages can make employers excited to hire you. However, make sure these skills remain tailored to the job you're applying for.

Tell the truth
If you were fired from or quit a job in an unprofessional manner, but think it is relevant enough to include, or you think you should add interests to your resume that aren't necessarily true, think twice about adding them on. Employers will scour your resume, often contacting former employers and questioning you about interesting experiences during interviews. Anything negative they learn  could hurt your chances.

Remaining professional from the beginning to the end of the application process is also key to perfecting your resume. Continually proofread it every time you edit information to ensure nothing is missing and there are no typos. Creating a new email address, preferably without nicknames and simply your first and last names, will also look better than including one that's years old.

Finally, after completing your resume, have it peer-edited by as many people as possible, whether they be friends, family or co-workers. Any issues or questions they raise can be used to improve future drafts and help you land a job.

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