A Focused Resume Is Your First Step to a New Job

An industry-focused resume is your first step to a new job. When you begin your hunt for a position, your 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 writing 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

Include enough detailed information to show your value to the company and leave out the fluff. Be precise and to the point regarding 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 accomplished 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. Selling yourself with this significant piece of paper will require powerful wording of your related skills and career accomplishments.

If your resume is well organized, current and professional, this reflects the type of employee you are likely to be. Sell yourself not only by what the resume contains but 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 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 contains your contact information, allowing them to get in touch with you easily. Keep your resume up to date—especially if you gain new knowledge or experience, change your contact information, or take new professional courses.

Focus on the Skills that Apply to the Job

The most important function of a resume is to showcase your relevant skills and career 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 prior sales record, professional courses you’ve taken, or your related degree, and any other relevant experience you may have in the desired field.

It would mean too much to the company if you include your ability to repair automobiles. That is not the type of expertise 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. Create an eResume specifically for Internet applications.

Some companies prefer the resume is submitted in Rich Text or PDF format. Make it editable to easily adjust to fit each position you apply for. 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 the resume content flows smoothly, is organized and easy to read.

The quicker an employer can go through your resume, the quicker you may have the 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. Create your resume in an outline form. The employer can then go right down the list and easily read your information.

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