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Super Tip Tuesday- Tips To Improve A Resume

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My resume posts seem to be popular with my readers. There are so many mistakes that are made when writing a resume that even seemingly smart people make. I want all of us working and making money. I will continue to offer any advice and tips and news I find out. 

Remove everything that starts with “responsibilities included” and replace that with on-the-job accomplishments.

A resume is a marketing piece that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of getting invited to a job interview. It’s not an official personnel document, job application, career obituary or a confessional.

Decide on a job target/job objective that can be stated in about 7 to 10 words. Anything beyond that is probably “fluff” and indicates a lack of clarity and direction.

If you’re over 40 or 50 or 60 , remember that you don’t have to present your entire work history! You can simply label that part of your resume “Recent Work History” or “Relevant Work History” and then describe only the last 10 or 15 years of your experience. At the end of your 10-15 year work history, you could add a paragraph headed “Prior relevant experience” and simply refer to any additional important (but ancient) jobs without mentioning dates.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Life Coaching

 

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Repackage and Refreshen That Resume

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The resume is sometimes your first impression to a prospective employer. It also serves as a representation of YOU. Its your past and present. And it will affect your future. I give some tips in a blog post last June, Super Tip Tuesday-A Good Resume. Here are a few more tips that can work in your favor:

  1. Put in key words used in the job description! This is useful especially if you are submitting a resume online.
  2. Stop listing outdated skills like WordPerfect, MS-DOS or any WEB or software experience that isn’t relevent anymore. It’s great that you know Windows 95, but now we’re using Windows 8! Always try to use today’s terminology. Also mastering Facebook is not a skill.
  3. Include skills that are related to the job or field you are applying too. You want them to know that you are right for that position.
  4. Don’t say “30 years of experience…” in any part of the resume.
  5. If you are over 30, then you can either leave out High School or delete the graduation date under the education section.

So whether you are writing a new resume or updating an existing one, use these five tips while working on it! I want everyone’s resumes to stand out and employment to happen!

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Life Coaching

 

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Super Tip Tuesday: A Good Resume

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1. Your audience. Think about the position(s) you are aiming for and what kind of job would you like? If you already have a job to apply for and a copy of the job description, you can use that as a guide If not, then Google positions that are similar. It is important to know who your audience when presenting your resume.

2. You. Now that the position and requirements are clear, how does your experience match up? An effective résumé clearly establishes that you are qualified in each of the primary aspects of the particular job. Your goal is to make it easy for the person hiring to look at your résumé and quickly determine that you are a “right fit” for the position. A “one size fits all” résumé never works as well as one that is customized to a specific role, because it requires the reader to think about how other experiences relate to desired qualifications. Hiring authorities may not take the time to try to “figure” you out! .

3. Expand Beyond the Tasks. Most recruiters know the general duties related to careers within their specific fields. What really stands out is the impact and results you had within your career. For example, a retail sales associate may have been one of the top sellers in the Men’s Shoe Department and rose to the ranks of sitting in meetings with shoe buyers and helped determine what shoes were brought in to the company.List that! ” Raised shoe department sales 60% percent from the time I started. assisted with Shoe Buyers with picking out product”.Almost every role has a measurement of success – customer satisfaction, time to complete a task, volume of activity completed, error rate or even internal performance measurement rankings. If applicable, list those accomplishments or the impact you made in the role.

4. Appearance.  A résumé is a visual document. This means that using a layout that is organized, symmetrical, allows resting places for the eyes with good use of white space and is not overly text heavy or overly styled works best Find a nice clear font. Keep it neat and clean. Many say keep it to ONE page. The bottom line is a resume that looks like a book often scares off the reader because it looks like too much work.

5. A Second Look.  Always print and review. Make changes, print and review again. Writing a résumé is not fun. It is tedious and requires thinking about a tremendous amount of detail. But you want a job and you want to have the best chance of getting that job.  Hiring managers look at the résumé as your one chance to make a great first impression. If you take the easy way out with your résumé when you are trying to make the best impression, what will that mean when you are an employee? Get a second pair of eyes if necessary. Check for spelling and grammatical errors. Then make changes and print out again. It is not uncommon that you may print out many copies before it is ready to send out.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Organizing

 

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