The work force isn’t what it used to be and in throughout careers we will change jobs over 5 times.
At a minimum.
Employment is at an all time low, job searching and networking is difficult for those who are not professionals in the field, and beginning a search can seem overwhelming.
In my professional life I help people face these roadblocks.
And this week I’m helping you.
I’m going to have guests here who have been managers and employers on the hiring end who will tell you what they are looking for when they receive a resume.
I will show you the format for a resume that will get yours read.
And I will share with you an author who has written a book on writing resumes for youth in order to highlight all of the great things they do in their childhood.
All of this is to help those of you who are looking to move forward in your lives, take a new step, or need help.
I’m here to answer questions.
I’m here to help.
Lets get started!!
1. Your Name – This should be the first thing that an employer sees. It should be a fair size and should be in a “friendly font.” This means using lettering that is among the most commonly used in writing so that the potential employers’ eyes are not drawn away from your qualifications.
2. Qualifications – Using an objective is not necessary in a resume. By giving your resume to the employer and applying for the job you have already told the employer you are interested in a position. Use the Objective space to highlight your qualifications, either in list or sentence form.
3. The Body – The body of your resume should be tailored to each position that your apply to. I recommend playing around with your formatting and using a flow that works best for you. There are several that are effective.
4. Avoiding Gaps – When mothers take time off to care for children, or a period of time goes by without a job it can be hard to figure out how to fill in the gaps. For those mom’s who work at home do not forget that you are working and that is a job to put on your resume! Another tip? Skip the chronological resume and go to a functional format.
5. Length – Your resume should be one page! If you have altered it to each job individually this will not be a problem. Employers do not have time to read two pages of qualifications from 100’s of applicants. Keep it simple and focus on your best accomplishments. Leave out hobbies and things you want to do in the future!
This is the first of three posts in a series on Resume and Job Search Assistance.
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