After working for the past 13 years in several fields (radio broadcasting, marketing and education) in both the private and government sector, I’ve gain valuable insights that can potentially increase the likelihood of new entrants -into the workforce- actually achieving their career goals. Now, the concept of goals in terms of a particular career is quite important but rarely on the radar of those seeking employment for the first time. As a result, newbies usually saturate their local job market with generic resumes which give hiring managers the impression that they were one of many choices. No one wants to feel like the 1st runner up in a beauty pageant! So take some time to consider the following resume writing advice; it’s arguably the most pivotal step in your path to a successful long term career.
Investigate Potential Company
Use your favorite search engine to perform a search on the business you’re interested in joining. If possible contact past or current employees to gain a sense of the organization’s culture. The question you’re trying to answer is whether or not your world-view and personal beliefs will mesh well with the company’s corporate goals. You don’t want to feel guilty carrying out your daily primary duties. Moreover, certain companies place great emphasis on their employees’ participation in social events. If you prefer a strictly 8 hour job than these more intrusive types of jobs that require flexible hours ought to be scratched off your list. However, if you long for the sense of desperation that comes along with short deadlines and work orders that require research and imagination to derive solutions than the typical 9 to 5 job will not bring out the best in you.
Criteria Details are Keywords
Tailor your general resume to suite the company you’re targeting -this shows that you’ve actually read and paid attention to the job posting’s criteria details as well as imply that you have a high level of interest in the vacancy. You’re attention to details will be reflected in your choice of words with regard to the job titles listed in your work history. In some cases, major companies rely on databases to manage the high volume of daily resume submissions. In such an automated system, job titles and descriptions -listed in descending chronological order- become the keyword pools that database systems draw from when searches are made for potential interview ready candidates. Also many of these databases are programmed to disregard resumes that don’t match company expectations which were clearly stated in the Ad posting.
Tweaking your Presentation
Review your hobbies and other personal information to ensure that the details you’ve included in this section pertains to some extent to the post you’re attempting to fill. Also, avoid trying to capture a manager’s attention by using non-traditional formatting techniques as these can be a distraction and source of aggravation for overburdened manager. Content by far carries more weight than a flashy looking resume. Furthermore, in terms of content make sure to keep your respect, even if you personally know the person reading your resume. A respectful resume will not contain the following shortcomings:
- Clever remarks or humorous nuances. This may indicate that you’ll be an employee who won’t take his job seriously as well as a difficult person to advise or correct when the need arises.
- Misrepresentations which stretch the truth or bold-faced lies that can easily be verified as false statements. I’ve seen co-workers fired within their first week of work as a result of such hyperbolations of expertise. When they are unable to deliver, management has no other choice but let him or her go as time is money and below standard work also results in shrinking profit margins.
- Boasting is not attractive and is rarely interpreted as confidence. So applicants aspiring to take on leadership positions should be aware that humility is a main ingredient that every great corporate leader possesses. It is the basis of their charismatic force which can bring a company together and away from a fiscal cliff, while an applicant’s pride (potential root of contention) would only divide a department and compromise the mission and vision of the entire organization.
Reference Guideline Recommendations
Usually this section is not given much attention by applicants. They fail to take into consideration the privacy rights of their references. Instead of divulging your trusted references’ personal and professional details, offer this information as per request, especially with the permission of the references themselves.
Who can you turn to for a reference? Definitely include at least one recent supervisor. References from peers and professors (once job experience is lacking) are acceptable as well. However, do not include family members as their opinion of you fails to meet any standard test of objectivity.
Finishing Touches to Resume Presentation
You’ve finally finished preparing your resume. But wait, have you proofread your material. One misspelled word can be the deciding factor between you and another applicant with similar but not as stellar job skills. If you don’t trust yourself to pinpoint your own mistakes, ask for assistance from preferably someone known as a perfectionist. In that case, expect to make a few minor adjustments to your final product.
Remember, what you put in is what you’ll get out. You’re investment of time and energy in applying for a particular job will be of immense importance to your life on the job after being hired.
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