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A Focused Resume Is Your First Step to a New Job

industry focused resumeAn industry focused resume is your first step to a new job. When you begin your hunt for a new job, your very first step is creating a persuasive and unique resume. There are right and wrong ways to complete your resume. If you aren’t sure what is the proper way, look at a template or search the Internet for resume tips. You want your resume to look professional, contain all pertinent information, and yet be easy to read.

Your Resume Should be Precise and Organized:

The more information you can put in the better, but leave out all the fluff. Be precise and to the point on your education, experience, attributes and quality points. Networking is essential but the resume is what employers will look at first. Who you know may get you the interview but it doesn’t guarantee you the job. What you have done is what will get your foot in the door. If you hand over a sloppy resume, you will not be taken seriously and your chances of getting a job will be slim.

Steps to create a focused resume

Your Resume is a Reflection of You:

It is your history, and is the first thing a potential company sees. Your resume is the first tangible point of communication between you and your potential employer. You will be selling yourself with this significant piece of paper. If your resume is well organized, current and professional, this reflects the type of employee you are likely to be. You need to sell yourself not only by what the resume contains, but also by its appearance. Both the content and appearance are critical for your resume.

Keep Your Resume Up to Date:

When hiring, employers and companies read through stacks of resumes. This is time consuming, and sometimes time is what they don’t have. The more precise, organized and shorter your resume is, the easier it is for them to read. Your resume allows the company to read the benefits of hiring you by explaining your skill sets and experience. It also contains your contact information, allowing them to get in touch with you easily. Remember to keep it up to date—especially if you gain new knowledge or experience, change your contact information, or take new courses.

Focus on the Skills that Apply to the Job:

Remember the most important function of a resume is to showcase your skills and achievements. A resume should contain all of the reasons why the company should hire you. When you are applying for a specific position, focus on the skills you have for that particular position. For instance, if you are applying for a position as a sales manager, you will probably focus on your previous sales experience, your previous sales record, sales courses you’ve taken, or your related degree, and any other relevant experience you may have in that field. It would mean nothing to the company if you included your ability to repair automobiles, because that is not what they are looking for.

Construct the Right Kind of Resume:

If you choose to pursue a new job through the numerous online job boards, it is more important than ever to have an excellent, well-written, and professional resume. You will want to create an E-Resume specifically for Internet applications. Some companies prefer that the resume be done in Rich Text or PDF format. Make it editable so that it can be adjusted to fit each position you apply for. You will want it to focus on the skills that are particular to each position.

Be Grammatically Correct:

Before printing, mailing or submitting any form of your resume, complete a spell check. Check the grammar, punctuation, formatting, and content. Make sure it flows smoothly, is organized and easy to read. The quicker an employer can go through your resume, the quicker you may have that position you are seeking. An easy way to do this is to make a few lists before doing your resume. List your education, experience, specialized skills and attributes. Then do your resume in an outline form. The employer can then go right the down the list and easily read your information.

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