How to Maintain an Outstanding Resume

by Candace Alstad - Davies

resumeSo, you created a stellar resume for yourself a couple of years ago, and are now wondering whether it is still as effective as it once was. Whatever your employment status, it is essential to know how to maintain an outstanding resume by continually updating your resume. You never know when you might end up looking for another job. At some point in your life an opportunity that you just can’t pass up may present itself. Other life changes such as layoffs or company closures can leave you looking for new employment. So it is important to always be prepared.  You do not want to miss an opportunity because you did not have your resume in order.

However, updating your resume isn’t just about adding in your most recent job information at the top. It’s important to keep your resume current by updating your skills, education, credentials, and promotions, as well as reviewing the layout of your resume to ensure it remains modern. It’s also a good idea to remove any outdated information such as old professional development courses or outdated credentials and professional affiliations. It is easier to keep a detailed account of your accomplishments

Give Yourself A Background Check

by Candace Alstad - Davies

background checkBefore starting your job search, it is a good idea to give yourself a background check ahead of any employers. You should find out if there are any potential problems that you will need to fix before an employer does a search on you. Things to look into are your credit report, academic records, driving abstract, social networking sites, and even Google searches of your name. You want to find out if there are any major gaps, or areas of concern, that an employer might uncover when considering your application.

Although not every employer will conduct a thorough background check on you, it’s always a good idea to know your standing on these important records and to be fully prepared. When it comes to the internet, it is a good idea to find out what information is available about you whether you are job searching or not. Do a Google search on yourself, inputting your full name as it appears on your resume. Look for any results that appear that you should be concerned about. Along the same lines, make sure that your profiles on social networking sites are locked to only reveal certain information to the public. Sites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc, allow you to keep certain private information protected. This includes information such as contact details, marital status, and any revealing personal information that could potentially ruin an employer’s opinion of you. [click to continue…]

Resumes Need to Show Your Accomplishments

by Candace Alstad - Davies

accomplishmentsResumes need to show your accomplishments. Resumes and cover letters are an essential part of your job-hunting tool kit. They are the most common instruments job seekers use to get their foot in the door of a new job. No matter what type of initial contact you make with an employer – whether it is in person, through the mail, over the phone, or via the internet – you need to leave the person with some written reminder of who you are and what you can bring to the company for which they are interviewing candidates. Your resume should portray …

Personalize Your Job Search Documents

by Candace Alstad - Davies

job search Personalize your job search documents to ensure you have a great resume and cover letter which are very important first steps in your job hunt. An important factor in determining your job search success is how personalized your documents are toward each individual job posting.

Don’t make up a generic resume. Use a template that you can change to adhere to whatever position you are applying for. By doing this you can move items around, add to or subtract from sections to bring the skills and attributes that apply toward this position to the attention of the employer. Remember the most important function of a resume is …

resumeFinding a job can seem like a daunting task. To assist you, we have prepared some fundamental tips for how to create a superb resume that wins you interviews:

1.) Keep it short:  Human Resources personnel only spend about 10-20 seconds initially reviewing a resume. The shorter your resume is, the more appealing it will be.  Try to keep it to one page.  If you have a lot of experience, you may have to add a second page.  If this happens, make sure you list the most important experiences and skills at the beginning of the resume.

2.) Check your spelling:  Spell check is not completely reliable. Make sure you edit your resume. Once you have done so, proofread it at least three times. You may also ask someone else to proofread it. Sometimes another person can catch mistakes that you might have missed. Check from front to back and back to front. If you are sloppy with your presentation, your chances of getting called for an interview are slim. [click to continue…]

Review Job Postings to Target Your Resume

by Candace Alstad - Davies

resumeReview job postings to target your resume. If you are stuck as to where to start when it comes to creating your resume and cover letter, look no further than industry job postings. You can get lots of useful and helpful information to incorporate into your career documents directly from job postings. Before creating or updating your resume and cover letter, search available job openings for a list of responsibilities and key skills. Don’t look at just one sample position but many so you can get an overall impression of the desired skills and expertise that companies are looking for. From these ads, you should be able to

Why You Should Be Networking

Do you know why you should be networking during your job search? In business and the professional world, who you know is almost as important as what you know. Your ability to network can have huge benefits on your career and overall success. The larger your network is, the more support and information you will […]

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How to Use LinkedIn for Your Job Search

Do you know how to use LinkedIn for your job search? Networking remains the number one way to find a job. That is why social networking on the internet has become such a popular tool for job searching. Social Networking allows you to meet and communicate with many different professionals and contacts within your profession. […]

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The Correct Time to Use Your References

Do you know the correct time to use your references? Your references are an important tool at your disposal that can be very useful in helping you to secure your ideal job. This is because there isn’t a much more effective marketing resource for yourself than your references. Although a strong resume and cover letter […]

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Should You Hire A Resume Writer?

There are few things in life that are as frustrating as searching for a new job; especially if you feel you’re not getting the recognition you deserve. If you’ve been doing the rounds of filling out applications and submitting your resume for months on end and still have nothing to show for it, it’s easy […]

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