Guest Author - Dianne Walker
According to Beth Colley, Principal of Chesapeake Resume Writing Service, a “well written resume will be successful in any type of economy”. As candidates unsuccessfully apply for job after job, they often ask “why can’t I even get an interview? Ask yourself when was the last time that you took a good look at your resume? Have you used the same resume to apply for a variety of jobs? Your resume could be the culprit.
Make a list of the current your current job knowledge and skills. Try to think broader than just your day to day activities. For example, if your job is a cashier in a supermarket, consider all the times that you work with customers. Your list should include skills which involve dealing with irate customers. Are you required to handle a variety of situations on your own? This shows that you are well versed in independent thinking and the ability to make decisions.
Retail management is another example of a career that has many skills which crossover into other professions. Think of all the activities that you complete on a daily basis. Do you recruit, hire or train? Are you required to prepare schedules or complete payroll functions? These are the knowledge and skills required in the Human Resources field. Prepare a resume that emphasizes your skills in these areas. Once you get the job, you can supplemental your knowledge with additional HR courses or take the certification test.
Your resume should be professional. Personal information should never be included on a resume. This includes marital status, family size or any other physical information. Hobbies should only be listed if they are applicable to the job. For example, if the advertised position requires working with volunteers, if you have experience in that capacity, list it on your resume – even if it means volunteering in a parent teacher organization.
The use of essential keywords can not be stressed enough. Most companies now use software to scan and select resumes for their positions. Visit the company website that you’re interested in applying to. Most sites will contain detailed information about the company and the position to which you are applying. Make sure that the resume that you submit to the company “speaks the same language” as reflected on the website and the job description.
Finally, pay attention to the format of your resume. If you’ve held a considerable number of jobs in recent years consider a resume that highlights your knowledge and skills. Always include an e-mail address to eliminate the recruiter becoming frustrated with playing telephone tag. Make sure the email reflects your professionalism. If you do not have an e-mail address, there are many providers which you can use free of charge and check from any computer.
Your resume will be your first presentation to recruiters. It should reflect your professionalism, knowledge and skills. Writing a winning resume takes time, thought, effort and research. If you’re not sure where to start, check your local library for books on resume writing. Also check for free resume writing seminars in your area.