A resume is a valuable tool to market yourself and your skills to employers to obtain various employment opportunities. It is important to provide a professional and factual resume to potential employers. Avoiding exaggerations in your resume is extremely important because you need to be able to back up everything that is stated. Blatantly exaggerating your skills and experience can come back to haunt you. Continue reading
A lot of managers feel that experience counts for more than a degree in many cases. However, because too many resumes are received to really review each one in detail, a degree becomes a way to weed people out quickly. One way to start to overcome this is to list your relevant experience first. There was a time when resumes were very standard and everyone used the same format. In this format, education is usually listed first. However, one sees a variety of styles used these days, so you want to take advantage and open with your strongest selling point, your experience. Continue reading
Writing a resume for an executive position is different as opposed to writing an ordinary resume. For example, executive management requires qualities such as character, integrity, interpersonal skills, leadership, organizational skills, strategic planning skills, etc. Continue reading
Especially with jobs being advertised over the internet, you know that your resume will just be one of hundreds coming across the desk of each manager. Many will barely even be looked at. Here are some tips on how to get your resume past the first cut. Continue reading
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 declares that an organization cannot OPENLY set age limits upon a certain position, hire, terminate, or otherwise discriminate against anyone regarding employment based on age. The key word here is openly. As many mature adults can tell you, it is sometimes frustrating re-entering or participating in today’s young workforce. Older applicants many times do not even make it through the first round in the interview process because of a few minor errors on the resumes that may elude to their age and generational experience. Prior to the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 and the Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 that protects all people from discrimination in the workforce, resumes were quite different. You may be telling your age by including verbiage that would be considered illegal to ask today. The following are some tips to avoid being discriminated against and perhaps allow you to be awarded the opportunity to show your very beneficial and lucrative experience in an interview.
1. Keep it short and sweet. Recruiters are more likely to review a document that is 1 to 2 pages in length rather than take the time to read a 5 or 6 page document.
2. Include a customized letter for each and every position that you apply for. A quick scan of the job posting or company website can yield the information necessary to achieve a customized letter. Such as the name of the recruiter, address, and the history of the organization. Including the mission statement somewhere on the cover letter, lets the employer know that you are interested in working for their company and did not just send out cookie cutter resumes to every job posting available.
3. Exclude irrelevant and personal details. Too many positions tells an employer that you are a “job hopper.” If you have a position that was only for a few weeks or months, it is better to exclude it all together. Never include personal details regarding marital status, age, political, and religious affiliations.
Depending on what field your are in, the extent of your experience, and any strengths you wish to showcase or challenges you may wish to hide; the decision of which resume format is correct for you is critical.
CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME FORMATS
The most standard and common format for a resume is chronological. This lists your most recent position first and then your previous positions in descending order.
- Highlights a well known and respected organization or corporation. Were you the assistant to the CEO of Procter and Gamble? Did you have an intern position at the White House? This format allows you to showcase the company in addition to your skills and therefore gain more recognition by simple association.
Cover letters are extremely important in the job search process, and if done correctly, can significantly improve your odds in competing and winning job interviews and offers. However, many job applicants hurt their job search efforts by using ineffective cover letters that fail to align their skills and attributes with employer requirements and repeat information that is in their resume.
There are three main groups of professionals that will review your resume for potential positions and each has a different agenda. For example, HR managers are searching for job candidates who’s qualifications align with the job description; Business decision-makers are seeking candidates who will make bottom-line impacts, and Recruiters are searching for job candidates with skills and attributes that align with employers’ needs.
Thanks to misconceptions from industries such as the banking, real estate, and legal fields many people are under the assumption that the longer a document is, the more important information it must contain. With this theory in mind, many people set out to create a resume document that is lengthy, highly descriptive, and all inclusive of every detail of every position that they have ever held. On the contrary, some who are unfamiliar with the resume document may find a template in their word processing program and literally just “fill in the blanks” with no additional information added. Which one is correct?
With the current job market being in the turmoil that it is presently in, many people do not understand how lying on your resume can hurt you in the long run. We have all had the impulse to want to spruce up our resumes a little bit and embellish on certain things to make ourselves sound more suitable for a position that we are opting to get.
Sprucing up your resume to make yourself appear job worthy is completely different from simply lying on your resume in an attempt to secure a position for a job. Many people are under the assumption that employers do not review over resumes anymore. This assumption is inadvertently untrue. A lot of employers are actually cracking down, and ensuring that they are avidly running a systematic check on different aspects of resumes to ensure that an applicant is not stretching the truth, or lying about themselves.