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What a Solid Resume Can Do for Your Job Search

resumeHave you ever wondered 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 that 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. 

Include Positive Points:

When piecing together your resume, make sure you are comfortable with every point you make. Check and recheck what you have written. Make sure that each statement is original and says something positive about you. Use action verbs when describing your previous jobs. This will let your prospective employer know that, because you were there, positive things happened.  In a tasteful manner, let your potential employer know that you can shake things up to make good things happen.

Be Honest and Prepared:

When your resume is organized, both you and your prospective employer can navigate the document better.  Many job seekers will fill up their resume just to hide what they believe is inexperience.  When the employer asks them about a specific skill or experience, they may hesitate, and this looks unprofessional.  Avoid this by being honest. Be prepared to discuss any part of your resume in detail.

Let Your Qualities Show in Your Resume:

All companies look for well-organized, disciplined workers. Showing your potential employer that you have both these qualities in a resume will help you get an interview.  Regardless of your skill set, if your resume is disorganized and unappealing, your prospective employer will not be interested in you.  On the other hand, if your resume is concise, clear, and to the point, the fact that you have those qualities will be evident.  Your employer will take note of your resume and assume it is a reflection of you.

A Good Resume Secures the Interview: 

Your resume’s job is to secure an interview. When this is accomplished, you have half of the battle won.  A good resume will let the employer know that they need you to be a part of their team. It is the interview that will bring to life all of the things stated in your resume. You will be showcasing your organizational skills by showing up on time. You will be showing your professionalism by showing up in business attire.  The interview is not an interrogation about your life, so do not let your nerves get the better of you.  Remember, your resume was good enough to get you the interview, now you have to let your personality and professionalism seal the deal.

What things do you keep in mind when drafting your resume to make sure it highlights your best qualities? Comment and share below! If you need help with your resume, try reaching out to a professional—like Candace—today!

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