Resume Writing – The Hard Truth

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There’s a plethora of advice on the Internet about the topic of resume writing. In a sea of “dos” and “don’ts” – where can you go to find the cold, hard truth?

Here are 3 tips that cut to the chase, helping you get the competitive advantage over the other guys.

Gaps – a little lie won’t hurt, will it?

Employers react harshly when and if they find out you stretched the dates on your resume. It’s ideal to have a seamless resume that lists jobs back-to-back. Unfortunately, life isn’t that simple and things happen to upset the natural order of work progression. The point to remember is that lying is a tricky business in a world gone digitally-mad. All of those wonderful updates you put online via social networking can easily fill in your “gaps” – and not in a good way. Just state when and where you worked honestly.

More is better! I should include my entire work history (from infancy), right?!

Wrong. Think about it practically. If you were hiring a project manager for your business, would care what he or she did shortly after he or she graduated college 22 years ago?

Part of great resume writing is knowing what to say – and what not to say. Keep focused with recent, relevant information related to the job posting.

A generic resume and cover letter, distributed en masse, is the best way to get a job

What do you think will be more effective: 100 resumes that list out your skills and experience like a menu in a restaurant, with no specific mention of the job positing you’re sending it to? Or, 10 really well-designed resumes and cover letters that show the hiring manager you read the ad and believe you are truly up to the job?

Especially for those jobs asking for “attention to detail.” “Hey, wait a minute, this candidate couldn’t even pay close attention to the job ad – never mind functioning with accuracy in the position!” (Is what the employer will say after reading your one-resume-fits-all formatted document.)

Like most things in life, quality wins the day over quantity. You have one chance to get it right – make it happen!

By | 2016-12-01T07:03:24+00:00 December 4th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

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