resumeDo you wonder what a solid resume can do for your job search? The gateway to any good job is an interview, and the gateway to any job interview is a great resume. If you want to be successful at getting a job interview, there are certain things which you should and should not do pertaining to your resume development.

Include Pertinent Information: You should aim to only include details about your skills and achievements rather than your likes and dislikes.  However, knowing what to put in your resume is just part of the process. The key to creating a successful resume is staying focused on your objective: to get an interview.

The Resume Should Be Concise and Organized: The entire resume should flow neatly, be pleasant to read and appeal to the eye.  A popular organization technique is the bullet point system, which helps to draw the eye to important information. Each bullet point should include the most vital information that your potential employer will be interested in. Be sure to place your most important achievements and skills at the top.  Having concise points helps to achieve an organized appearance for your resume.  [click to continue…]

Selling Your Top Skills in Your Resume

by Candace Alstad - Davies

resumeSelling your top skills in your resume in under 15 seconds is very important to ensure you get noticed by employers.

With the economy the way it currently is, companies are receiving resumes from an ever-increasing amount of applicants. Employers are able to be far choosier more now than ever. That is why it is crucial that you make your resume stand out above the rest. It is said that potential employers take approximately 10-15 seconds to scan a resume. You must ensure that you grab their attention and leave them wanting to read on and learn more. The first item that must catch their eye is …

biographyAn autobiography should be a part of your job search toolkit. Management professionals are using an autobiography in their portfolios more today than ever before, especially those in higher-end positions. Career changers and business owners also use an autobiography in their portfolio to show the reasons they are making the transition in their career or to detail the path that led to their current entrepreneurial success.

Autobiographies have tons of benefits to a job seeker these days. For one, not many people use them, making them unexpected and of special interest to potential employers. Also your autobiography will help you be remembered faster and longer, and will be read more in depth than your resume. An autobiography is a better way of presenting yourself to an employer, then solely through a resume. When composing an autobiography….

Use Your Resume to Market Yourself

by Candace Alstad - Davies

market yourselfYou should use your resume to market yourself to potential employers. Picture the recruiting process as though it were a sale. The person who is recruiting is the buyer and you are the actual product. As a product, you have a description detailing what you are all about – an advertisement. This advertisement is your resume, whether you are a teacher, administrator, school counselor, college instructor, or director of curriculum, the resume needs to be focused on the position. This is the first thing that will grab the buyer, or in this case the recruiter’s or hiring manager’s attention. Just as the packaging of a product attracts the attention of the shopper, your resume must catch the attention of the recruiter.

When you are writing your resume, you are using it to market yourself to a prospective employer. For this reason you need to write your resume in a manner that presents you in the best possible light. The following things are what your resume should focus on:

• Career objective – position you are applying for
• Qualifications and education credentials
• Your key achievements
• Relevant experience you have gained
• Relevant professional development
• Associations and community involvement [click to continue…]

thank you letterYou wrote a strong resume and had a great interview. Now you have to wait for the company’s response. However there is one more thing you should do in this process – write a thank you letter. Many people disregard this action as old fashioned and unnecessary, but some employers are greatly impressed by this. They are more likely to contact the person who keeps contact with them, and shows an interest in getting the position.

In our technological and fast-paced society, this old-fashioned courtesy is often overlooked, but its importance cannot be underestimated. Here are ten tips to create the right thank you letter.

 Keep it simple:  Limit your thank you letter to one page. Employers are busy and don’t have time to read a long, drawn out document.

 Talk about the interview:  Refer to important details of your discussion during the interview. This shows you were paying attention.  Don’t forget to mention, politely of course, why you feel you are most qualified for the position. [click to continue…]

Creating a Career Change Resume

by Candace Alstad - Davies

resumeIf you are thinking about changing careers, then when you are creating a career change resume it needs to be completely different from your original resume. You will want to show how the skills, education and work experience you have transfers over to the skills, education and experience needed for the new position. There are a few steps you need to follow to make the resume show that you are qualified for the position you are seeking.

Analyze the Position: Read the requirements for the job completely. Make sure you understand exactly what the position entitles, what skills, education or experience are needed to get the position. If you aren’t sure, or the details are not clear, call the personnel department or the contact information listed for the position and ask a few questions to clarify the details of the position. [click to continue…]

What Not To Do When Interviewing For A Job

What Not To Do When Interviewing For A Job When interviewing for that all important job opportunity, the last thing that you want to do is make a horrible first impression on your potential future boss. In an interview, you want to be likeable and win over your interviewer. So, here are five simple things […]

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Facebook Dos and Don’ts

Facebook is a great social networking platform that can be used for many positive reasons. You can reconnect with long lost friends and family, share photos, ideas, and videos, and use it as a marketing tool in your job search. When using Facebook though, there are some things that you should keep in mind. Here […]

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The 10 Biggest Job Search Mistakes Job Searchers Make

Have you found that your job search has come to a grinding halt? If your telephone just isn’t ringing, it may be because you are accidently sabotaging your own success.  We have compiled a comprehensive list of the 10 biggest job search mistakes job searchers make to help you determine if you are guilty of […]

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Determining What Makes You Unique and How to Market It

Determining what makes you unique and how to market it can make all the difference in your job search. With the economy the way it is, employers have their pick of the litter. They may only receive a handful of applications or possibly one hundred, depending on the company and the position. For that reason, […]

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