What to do before starting the latest draft of your resume

12.19.2013


What to do before starting the latest draft of your resume
What to do before starting the latest draft of your resume

When digging into a new round of job searching, writing a new resume requires certain given aspects and focuses - emphasis on relevant job responsibilities and roles, for example. However, taking a step back before starting the development process of your latest draft can help shine a light on aspects that may not otherwise be considered.

According to The Grindstone, one of the first things a job seeker should do is to think of every position that you've held since the last draft of your resume, giving you an optimal list of positions to choose from. These choices should be cherry-picked immediately afterward, allowing you to better attune your efforts toward a specific industry or role you're interested in. A list of the most relevant and important positions for the job you're striving for is hopefully the end result of this process.

Next, after this list is whittled down, the news source next recommends listing every task you were responsible for in each separate position. Not only will this help you determine the best and worst angles to approach a specific situation from, but it may even help you discover different angles that you may not have expected. A role that seemed irrelevant in the past may take on a new significance under new consideration, allowing you to find a new way to appeal to a company's needs.

Experience matters
In addition, Business 2 Community says, it's important to be able to give specifics regarding your past work history. Simply stating ways you troubleshot problems or overcame adversity may not be enough in some industries, especially those guided by metrics like sales. Instead, it's necessary to get into the heart of the matter, no matter the industry. Whether it's writing ability and word count, the number of sales or positions in a company you managed to earn, or even how many problems you were able to solve in a given time, being able to state these numbers accurately is a big deal in the resume development process.

If you're switching careers or trying to break into a new industry, reflection can also help you determine ways to better present yourself. Experience should be your primary goal in this respect. In many cases, this should mean trying to gain value through volunteer work. Contacting a staffing professional who can help you break into the industry, even in just a temporary position, can also provide a major benefit to your future chances. At the very least, assessing your past work history can give you an indication of just how prepared you are for the necessary steps required to get you ready for the next step.

Align your certifications
In addition, this review process can allow you to assess your technical skills and licenses that you've earned in the past, as well as any additional skills you've picked up in your free time. Having certification in one program, like Excel or Photoshop, can be a boon to your hiring chances - being certified in many can help your odds even more. Anything that can have relevance once you're on the job is fair game, so even some hobbies or interests that align with your efforts can provide a big help.

Finally, The Grindstone recommends checking out your previous assessment history from your previous employers. Sometimes, these documents are hard to fully understand right after receiving them, but giving them a second glance can provide a big help when it comes to defining your responsibilities. Your previous employers' reviews may even be hiding a few nuggets that you may not have even considered.

Through the resume building process, it can be difficult to know exactly what's expected of you, but simple consideration of your abilities can sometimes offer new guidance of your abilities.

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