The job search is a long process. The first – and perhaps the most important – step is to develop a strong, persuasive and captivating resume. There is no magic formula for creating a winning resume, but here are some things to keep in mind to make your resume stand out from the competition.
Presentation is half the battle
With all of the information you need to include, arranging it in an intelligent, reader-friendly manner is important. It’s important to prioritize the content of your resume so that your most important and relevant experience is listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top of each position. It is also vital that you proofread carefully – spelling and grammatical errors are unacceptable and alert the potential employer that you aren’t as detail-oriented as you claim to be.
Content is key
While formatting and design are important, it’s all about getting the reader to review your content. Wherever possible, include dollar amounts. If you managed a size-able budget or inked a big deal, be sure to mention this. Keep it professional and don’t forget to add your contact information. You’d be surprised how many people forget to include their name, telephone number and email address!
Watch your words
These days, being able to communicate effectively is essential to almost any position. That’s why it’s important to demonstrate your strong language skills and use the words in your resume to your advantage. It’s important to include words that demonstrate your ability to work with others, be proactive and get the job done in a timely and precise manner regardless of circumstances. It’s also a good idea to include key words that appear in the job description. That way, you will increase your chances of being selected for an interview.
Get the last word
After you’ve sent your resume out, it’s tempting to sit back and wait for a response, but following up is an important part of the job search. A good rule of thumb is to wait about a week before following up. Sending a quick email that restates your interest in the position or making a quick call to see whether they are still considering candidates, reiterates your interest in the position. Just make sure not to bombard them with calls or emails. This will anger the potential employer and make you appear too needy.
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