Guest Author - Gwendolyn Thompson
If you have been sending out resumes and not receiving any response back then maybe it is time to create a new resume. At the beginning of every new year you should evaluate the previous years job search and determine if it is time for a new resume.
Start from scratch and rearrange the sections or try a new format. There are several different formats you can use. The most common is the chronological which lists each job you have had in reverse starting with the most recent job. This form is not for everyone.
If you have done a lot of job hopping or have been unemployed for awhile you may want to use the functional resume. It will focus on your skills rather than your experience. You would list a skill pertinent to the job followed by a list of accomplishments.
If you do not have relevant skills or a strong work history then maybe you could use a combination resume. You should list applicable skills along with your accomplishments. Next list your work history starting with your most recent and working backward leaving out the job description.
Make your achievements stand out by listing only your accomplishments and not your job duties. You can show this by putting your daily functions in a paragraph form followed by a bulleted list of your key accomplishments and successes.
A job responsibility is something you do on a daily basis and a quantified achievement is the result of that responsibility. Quantify your achievements by using comparative numbers or percentages to show potential employers what you can do for them.
Add a quote of recommendation that was stated by someone in your previous employment. By listing quotations you allow potential employers to know what others have said about your accomplishments in the past. Position the quote where other compelling information is contained.
State the news worthy by putting your most relevant and persuasive accomplishments at the top of the resume then work your way down through the remainder of your work history and experience. Start the new year off with a new resume and a fresh job search.