The right resume can make all the difference

12.13.2013


The right resume can make all the difference
Make sure your resume is up to snuff.

The art of writing a resume can seem difficult, if only because the final product has to be accurate, clean and impressive. When looking to find a job, making sure your resume is built to the exact specifications that will help it pass through hiring managers' processes is one of the most important overall factors in creating it.

Tailoring your resume to a specific job, or at least a specific field of work, is a big first step, according to MarketWatch. To ensure you keep your potential bosses interested, highlight only the experience and expertise you possess that's pertinent to the specific job you want - otherwise, including less relevant information will largely read as fluff, making it much more likely that you won't make it into the "keep" pile. A summary of experience near the top of your resume, with specific experiences and definitions of previous work you've succeeded at in the past, can help. It's meant to separate you from the pack - by including information specific to the job listing you're responding to, you can separate yourself further.

When hiring, many recruiters create three categories for resumes, according to the news source - those they're not interested in, a "hold" pile in case no one better can be found, and the people they're most interested in hiring. Many steps in the overall process can help you land into that third pile, from the relatively small to the fairly important.

Remain professional
Two parts of your resume's header can actually immediately disqualify your resume. To avoid such a fate, make sure that any listed phone numbers have professional voice-mail answers for missed calls and change any unprofessional email addresses to more work-ready ones. Some services offer free emails as long as the address hasn't been taken - making one with your full name, instead of a nickname, will only take minutes.

Your summary of experiences should be as professional as possible. Many companies now use screening software to scan a resume for specific keywords related to the position at hand - if yours doesn't include at least some of their searches, you may be at a disadvantage compared to others. Generalized words and phrases common in your respective industry, and words relating directly to the specific job application, are your best bet, as they'll likely be included in the screening process. When in doubt, be as specific as possible.

Pass the glance test
Your resume needs to stand out in a crowd because resume readers have to sift through large collections every time they make a hire, according to The Boston Globe. As a result, you need to make sure that your resume can give a full impression of your ability in the position in only a few seconds - this means the most promising details need to go highest. Any typos, misused phrases or anything that simply doesn't entirely belong on the page needs to go - checking with recruiting staffs or friends and family to get a second opinion won't hurt, either.

While the most relevant information needs to go high up on your overall listing process, some managers will look at a more black-and-white consideration. It's likely they'll contact former employers and examine their services, while others may look for warning signs, such as "job-hopping." If you've worked many short jobs, it's not necessarily your fault, nor are you immediately disqualified - simply organize your achievements to show why you're poised to succeed further in their system. Gaps in employment history and generalizations can also harm your prospects - in turn, make your resume read clean and spotless.

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