Build a Resume to Impress

on 04/17/2014 - 11:09 pm

So you're on the search and you're trying to get the best job out there. Are you having a hard time getting started on the hunt for that job? Almost all employers start the hiring process by looking at your resume. A resume is the glimpse into who you really are as a working individual. A resume, or sometimes called a curriculum vitae, should be the best representation of the work that you have done and worked on in the past.

Some things to think about at a minimum are to always follow a chronological order; read, reread and read again; and make sure that you're positioning yourself as the right person for the job. A resume that's hard to follow will be tossed in the trash. Grammatical errors hurt your credibility. And a resume is pointless if it doesn't help you.

Make your resume stick out, but be careful.

We're not all applying to be graphic designers -- and don't try to pretend you are. When putting a resume together, make sure it's clean, elegant and well organized, like we mentioned. This doesn't mean you have to leave out any hint of creativity. Adding a splash of color can make your resume stick out, but remember, many employers aren't going to waste color ink when printing your resume. Think of the nature of the position, and design accordingly.

Don't just talk about your previous job duties.

Employers know what a sales associate does. What employers are looking for is the value you can add to their company. How have you performed in the past that would make you a valuable employee at their organization? If you reached a great goal, list it. If you helped a company refine something or create something new, note that. Anything you've done that makes you seem like a powerful worker is a good thing to list.

Keep it to a page.

This is a little fact that is debated over and over again. Keep it simple and keep it short: don't go over a page. Employers want a snapshot of you, not an autobiography. List the most important parts about you, and leave the not-so-important ones out. Make sure that everything you did applied to the position, and continually edit your resume.

The job hunt isn't easy, but there are plenty of ways to make it much easier. Seeking help when looking for a job can be a great way to increase your chances of getting the best job. However, if you keep these tips in mind when creating your resume, you'll be on your way to a great position.

Are there any tips you have for the job hunt? Is there some sort of career tip that has worked for you in the past? Let us know about it below.


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