Posts Tagged ‘Resume Writing’

Updates Available …

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

It is so common to see “updates available …” that you may not have noticed how often you actually choose to update; your email, WordPress site, computer, phone or social media sites.  Competition is fierce, technological advances are thrown at us at an alarming rate and an online presence is mandatory. Staying current with all updates will enable better performance, increased knowledge and a respected professional presence. The advancement and success of your career or business is relative to your acceptance of this need for constant change.

In addition to receiving available updates, it is also necessary to provide updates; “What’s happening? What’s on your mind? Share an update.” Active participation increases your online presence and provides friends, followers, colleagues, recruiters and potential employers a glimpse of “you”!  Are you sending a consistent stream of information necessary to establish your unique personal brand? Have you reviewed and updated all other information available within your online profiles and your resume?

A Business2Community post, September: Update Your resume Month! Don’t Forget About Linkedin, by Personal Branding Blog offers great advice on updating your resume.

Need help updating your resume? Contact Martin Buckland, Certified Professional Resume Writer for a free resume critique.

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Taglines Not Just For Businesses

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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A Tagline has long been a necessary marketing requirement for any successful company or business. “Good to the last drop”,  “Zoom Zoom”, “Let your fingers do the walking” and “Strong enough for a man but made for a woman”; all famous slogans or taglines used to successfully promote a product.

In addition to a professional resume, an online presence has become a mandatory requirement in managing an executive career. Professional profiles are expected to be found on Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook. Just as a business or organization markets a product, you too are the product requiring the necessary marketing collateral to establish yourself as a credible candidate with the necessary expertise to get the job. Personal Branding is key to establishing a memorable and respected identity and what better way to promote yourself online and off than with a tagline?

“Embraces and defeats challenges to achieve operational, management and fiscal excellence.”

“Persuasive and compelling Instructor renowned for delivering memorable training sessions.”

“Action-oriented leader, faces challenges, unravels and resolves critical business issues and encourages staff to maximize their potential.”

“Sets and maintains high standards, steers the company to deliver unparalleled results and outperform the competition.”

Unless you have established a long and exemplary career, your name may say little about you but associate it with a  tagline, maintained consistently and professionally, it could provide you with the recognition you need to excel in your career.

Whether you create your tagline for your resume, business cards or social media profiles it is sure to help you stand out from the crowd. Give consideration to where you want to be in your career, why you should be considered the ideal candidate and what will best describe your expertise? Create a tagline to be remembered, generate a positive influence and establish your competitive edge!

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Winner of a Free Certified Professional Resume

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

In a series of blog posts, Keywords are Key is Here!, which list the top keywords for 22 industries, Elite Resumes offered to provide a free Certified Professional Resume, which was drawn August 15th from those who posted comments with further keywords. We would like to send our congratulations to the winner, Bill Baker who will receive a free resume written by Martin Buckland, Certified Professional Resume Writer.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their comments and additional keywords. Your participation was appreciated! Please feel free to contact Elite Resumes if you are interested in submitting your current resume for a free resume critique.

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Win A Free Resume from A Certified Professional Resume Writer

Monday, August 8th, 2011

In a series of blog posts, Keywords are Key is Here!, which list the top keywords for 22 industries, Elite Resumes is offering a free resume to be drawn on August 15th. Anyone who submits a comment to any of these blog posts will be entered in the draw and the winner will receive a free resume written by Martin Buckland, Certified Professional Resume Writer. This offer is valued from $600 to $1200.

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Is Your Resume Gathering Dust?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

When was the last time you updated your resume? If you can’t recall, it’s time to dust it off and freshen it up. An outdated resume could easily take you out of contention. Professional resumes continue to evolve as does everything else in life. Nothing stays the same unless you’ve made a conscious decision to close your mind and resist acknowledging anything new.

It is true that the majority of people do not like change. Often those who embrace change are recognized simply by their appearance. There are those who are dressed very smartly in 2011 styles and many who think their 20 year old suit looks better than any of the newer styles. I grew up with an Aunt who was always out of style and complained quite loudly and bitterly hating every new trend and swearing she would never wear “that”! “That” lasted until the next style came in the last one was no longer available and she just stayed “out of date”. I’ll never forget the day my mother said enough was enough when her sister-in-law offered her money to pay for hair cuts for my father and brother since the slightly longer “do’s” in the 70′s were not acceptable to her because she was still living in the 60′s.

Resisting change is certainly common but when it comes to your career and your resume,  common sense better take over. A successful career does not happen without change and doors will not open unless a resume is professional and up to date. If you have let your resume become so outdated it’s gathering dust, it could easily be presumed that you yourself could be lacking when it comes to the latest industry trends, marketing initiatives or technological advances. Do you have a competitive resume that could position you as a potential candidate?

If you do not have your Linkedin address on your resume, leave it in the dust pile. If you begin your resume with an objective, leave it in the dust pile and if your resume states, “references available on request” leave it in the dust pile!

Don’t send your resume out without acquiring a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Martin Buckland.

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Get your resume noticed!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Hiring Professionals and Recruiters spend approximately 20 to 30 seconds reviewing resumes from potential candidates. It is within these few seconds that something must impress the reader to get your resume noticed! What will make your resume stand out from all the others? It is not enough to list your work experience, you must show how you excelled at your job and how you made improvements to the position, department and/or company. Use the STAR theory, Situation, Task, Action Result to clearly and succinctly relay each of your accomplishments. 

Numbers get noticed and lend credibility so quantify your successes with numbers, rather than just describing your work experience with words; “Worked fast and effectively”. You must back this up; “Decreased by 20% the time required to complete loan processing by using effective and efficient work habits.” If you have increased sales, reduced core costs, streamlined procedures or implemented a new system, be prepared to quantify these accomplishments. Increased revenue by $200,000 by revamping the advertising campaign. Reduced production costs 35% by negotiating new supplier contracts. Exceeded sales by 200% by increased prospecting and implementing new training programs, which improved the close ratio.

Don’t be shy! Be prepared to highlight and quantify your accomplishments. If your resume includes a history of successes, S.T.A.R., your potential will shine throughout your resume and catch the attention of the decision maker.

Elite ResumesTake advantage of a free resume critique by a Certified Professional Resume Writer to get your resume noticed!

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Thank You and Best Wishes

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

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Another year is coming to a close and we would like to take this time to thank so many clients, associates, colleagues, new acquaintances and old. The very best of wishes are being sent your way for a wonderful holiday season and a very prosperous career! Please visit our blog and subscribe to our blog posts covering a variety of topics and career tips. If there is any information you would like to see to assist you in managing your executive career we would be pleased to welcome your suggestions, comments or questions!

We would also like to thank everyone for all of the positive feedback received from the many speaking engagements, ExecuNet networking meetings and professional career services that have been offered throughout the year. The driving force behind Elite Resumes is your career success! Please take advantage of a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer!

Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday, the very best in the New Year and to all, a very successful career!

Elite Resumes

Martin Buckland @MartinBuckland

Barbara Mackie @BarbaraMackie

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Still no job interview?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

A job search can be an extremely discouraging experience for many people. Sending out a resume over and over again to recruiters, companies and online job boards and waiting beside a phone that never rings. Days go by, and still no job interview? 

Before you blame your resume, it is important to have a clear perspective and a good understanding of the job market. Did you know that online jobs account for less than 5% of all available jobs? Did you know that close to 80% of jobs are obtained as a result of networking? How many resumes are you submitting to online job postings versus those submitted from leads obtained by networking? Is it possible that your job search strategy is to blame and not your resume?  

When applying for a job, is the experience noted on your resume closely matched to the job description that you are applying for?  Do you have the qualifications that the potential employer is seeking? Some companies are willing to accept experience in lieu of a degree but if you don’t have the experience or the education, do you think you should be called in for an interview? Are you still blaming your resume or is it really a lack of qualifications or education?

Your resume is a critical document in the job search process and is more often than not, the only chance you have to create a dynamic first impression. As an introduction to a job interview, you must present a professional and accomplishment based resume if you intend to catch the attention of a decision maker. Prior to reaching the decision maker, did you know that many organizations will utilize electronic scanning of resumes in search of specific keywords to assist in the process of elimination? If you have included the necessary keywords to avoid elimination, will your resume then please the eye? Did you know that as little as 20 to 30 seconds are allocated to review a resume? With this in mind, it is very likely that a resume exceeding 2 or 3 pages will be overlooked. If your resume does secure the attention of the reader, is it in the hands of the individual who is in a position to make a decision for a viable job?

A professional resume, a job search strategy, clearly obtainable goals, an understanding of the job market, effective networking; all will influence on your success. Be sure to evaluate all aspects of your job search before you decide why there is still no job interview.

Contact Elite Resumes for a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

As a member of Career Collective we are able to provide you with the following professional advice from other members of the Career Collective, Collaboratively Helping Job Seekers:

5 Misconceptions Entry-Level Job Seekers Make, @heatherhuhman

How “Interview Savvy” Are You?, @careersherpa Employers Don’t “Care”, @ValueIntoWords

Misconceptions about Using Recruiters, @DebraWheatman

15 Myths and Misconceptions about Job-Hunting, @KatCareerGal

Are You Boring HR? @resumeservice

Job Search Misconceptions Put Right, @GayleHoward

Who Cares About What You Want in a Job? Only YOU!, @KCCareerCoach

How to get your resume read (sort of), @barbarasafani

The 4 secrets to an effective recruiter relationship, @LaurieBerenson

Job Interviews, Chronic Illness and 3 Big Ideas, @WorkWithIllness

The secret to effective job search, @Keppie_Careers

Superstars Need Not Apply, @WalterAkana

The Jobs Under the Mistletoe, @chandlee

8 Common Sense Interview Tips @erinkennedycprw

Still no job interview? @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes

Misconceptions about the Hiring Process: Your Online Identity is a Critical Part of Getting Hired, @expatcoachmegan

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Don’t Lie About Your Age To Get A Job

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

As a matter of fact, don’t lie about anything to get a job, including your age! Time after time a conscious decision is made to submit a resume that does not contain the dates for educational accreditation’s. Think about this very carefully. If someone is hiding something it is natural to believe there is a significant reason for it. In reality it backfires every time because the decision to hide the dates on your resume gives the impression you are even older and rather than knowing you were born in the 60′s, will assume you were born in the 50′s! Omitting any pertinent information is not recommended but even worse is to lie about your age to get a job.

Over 80% of recruiters and HR professionals are utilizing social media and checking you out online. If you made a decision to lie about your graduating year on your resume, did you also lie about it on your Facebook profile? What did you put in your Linkedin profile? If the lack of a consistent brand can tarnish a reputation it is obvious the damage that could be done by creating online profiles with contrasting information. Being caught in a lie is a sure fire way to eliminate you as a potential candidate.

Transparency is the sign of the times! A professional resume, an established brand, a visible online presence, testimonials and recommendations from employers and colleagues are all necessary if you want to excel in an executive career. Don’t lie and do not omit dates or employment history. If it was necessary to spend a year caring for a loved one on a full time basis, add it to your resume and list your accomplishments during that time frame.

Contact Elite Resumes for further information on managing your executive career or to obtain a  free resume critique from Martin Buckland, Certified Professional Resume Writer.  

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Endorsements, Testimonials, Validations, References

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Word of mouth in the form of endorsements, testimonials, validations or references is by far the most influential promotional tool available. It is more powerful than any other available marketing initiative and the fact that it is free adds to credibility. Managing a career or promoting a business requires a conscious effort to obtain positive feedback in order to establish a reputation that will attract opportunities for advancement or increase sales of  a service or product. 

More often than not, we are faced with the task of asking for an endorsement or testimonial and find it to be an unpleasant task, especially when it becomes necessary to follow up with further requests. This is not a time to be humble so if it seems a difficult endeavour it may require some additional preparation to increase your self esteem. Your resume is your personalized marketing tool and will help boost your confidence by reviewing your many accomplishments. It has also become acceptable to offer to write your own testimonial and provide it as a draft to lessen the inconvenience for the referrer. Writing about your expertise, valuable skills and abilities will also help to inspire and add the encouragement that might be necessary to overcome any reservations.   

Perhaps the best reference is one that is not requested and is received quite unexpectedly. Recently, it was my pleasure to read a blog posted by Susan Crossman of Crossman Communications which referred to a “terrific presentation” that I gave on resume writing. Not only is this positive feedback appreciated but it is also highly valued as it comes from an expert in communication! The details Susan provides are also a validation that my message was clearly relayed. Thanks Susan!

 

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Quantifiable Accomplishments on Your Resume

Monday, September 20th, 2010

When was the last time you updated your resume? Most of us only think about a resume when we need one and it then becomes a huge task! Especially if you have been with the same employer or owned the same business for several years.

Even more important than your career history on your resume, are the details that are required in order to highlight your accomplishments. These detailed, quantifiable accomplishments are necessary but may be difficult to recall years later. Reducing costs, increasing sales, increasing efficiency, but by how much? Managing a team, working with customers and suppliers, but how many? What was the gross profit on that sale two years ago or what was the total value of the project you worked on five years ago?

I’m not suggesting you have a polished resume ready at all times but I do recommend that you keep notes with detailed information that will be available to you when you need it. Noting and reviewing your accomplishments on a regular basis is also an excellent exercise in personal growth increasing your self-esteem, confidence and motivation.

When you experience your next great accomplishment in your career, write down the details! You never know when you may need them.

Elite ResumesContact Elite Resumes for a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

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Who’s writing your resume?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

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The most important factor involved with who’s writing your resume, is your due diligence in choosing the best person to represent you! Often times large companies or educational organizations will provide or recommend a resume service of their choosing and that’s not to say there is anything wrong with this, as Elite Resumes has been associated with many large and highly reputable organizations over the years however, the decision to work one on one with any professional requires careful consideration with regards to sharing a mutual respect, chemistry and belief in the career aspirations and goals as you set forth. It is imperative that the resume writer has the ability and expertise to portray you in the best possible light to ensure you get the attention you deserve.    

There will be many professionals in industries such as real estate, insurance, dental, financial services and more that will require a conscious decision on your part to select the individual you are most confident and comfortable in working with. This too should be seriously considered when choosing to work with a Certified Professional Resume Writer. If an organization has provided you with a resume writing service and you have a concern with any of the following points, do not risk sending out your resume prior to getting a second opinion.

  • Resume writer is not familiar with your industry
  • Resume writer is not certified
  • Resume writer lacks experience
  • No one on one interview offered
  • Resume lacks professional appearance
  • Resume does not list quantifiable accomplishments
  • Personal branding not addressed
  • Resume lacks proper formatting
  • Resume has gaps in job history
  • Resume is over 3 pages
  • Resume does not bolster your level of confidence

Many certified and reputable resume services provide free resume critiques and it is highly recommended that you take advantage of this service if you have any of the above concerns. Ask for an opinion from friends, family and colleagues and if you do not receive positive feedback from all sources, contact the organization that provided or recommended the service as most will appreciate being notified and are genuinely concerned with providing a good service that meets your needs. If it is simply a matter of differing personalities, it is still highly recommended that you invest in another Certified Professional Resume Writer to ensure you receive a resume that will impress decision makers and give you a competitive edge to ensure multiple job interviews.   

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How Your Resume Looks

Monday, August 9th, 2010

It is possible that you will have an opportunity to create a first impression prior to being asked to submit your resume, but more likely than not your resume will be your only chance at a first impression. How are you going to establish the most awesome, professional and impressive document possible to make yourself stand out from the competition and instil a lasting impression that will get you the job interview? How your resume looks is critical because without the job interview there is no job!

Your resume; this one, two or three page document, is your key to unlocking doors to a successful career. Of course you will need to be prepared to exude confidence and relay your expertise in a job interview but without an exceptional resume with a look that entices the reader, your chances of unlocking doors to a job interview are limited. Is your resume generating job interviews? If so, depending on your success rate in the interview it is safe to say that multiple job offers will result in the ability to negotiate, make choices and ensure the advancement of your career.  

What we see is highly influential in every assessment or decision we make. So too is the appearance of your resume, your online profile and your physical appearance to the decisions that will be made by HR professionals and recruiters. Credentials, expertise and ability are important but if you don’t look good on paper or online, you won’t get the opportunity to brag in person at a job interview.

Does your professional resume clearly portray you as an accomplished individual? Does it highlight quantifiable accomplishments? Are your past positions and accreditations highlighted? Have you included a variety of contact details? Do not include personal information on your resume. You may be proud of it and think others should be too but you have only opened the door to discrimination. There is a reason that it is illegal to ask certain questions on an application or in a job interview.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to be interviewed for a job. Contact Martin Buckland, Certified Professional Resume Writer for a free resume critique and and find out how your resume looks to a professional before you send it out. 

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Resume Critiques Are a Must

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

How many people have you asked to review your resume prior to sending it out to decision makers? Your professional resume is your key to open doors but once it has failed to open a door you have forfeited an opportunity that may have provided you with the job interview of a lifetime!

HR professionals and recruiters receive an enormous number of resumes limiting their time for review to little more than a few seconds and creating the necessity to reduce those numbers to a manageable level. Will your resume survive through this elimination process?

Don’t take any chances. Send your resume to friends, colleagues, family members and professional resume writers to obtain a free critique before you put it in the hands of an eliminator! Carefully consider all feedback and the majority of responses. Do they like the look and layout of information? Were they able to get back to you easily with the contact information you provided? Is your resume free of typos and white space? Did you receive any questions about the information you provided, employment gaps or missing dates?

Don’t miss out on opening a door with your resume! Obtain a free resume critique.

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Resume Writing – What NOT to Do

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The following resume writing tips are well known in the industry but for those who find themselves returning to the job market after a lengthy tenure, it may be worth reviewing to ensure you are aware of some of these do’s and don’ts of resume writing.

These 10 tips represent what NOT to do:

  • Do Not use colourful or glossy paper, fancy fonts, symbols or underlining.
  • Do Not leave blank white spaces or go beyond a 3 page document.
  • Do Not add your photo to your resume.  There are only a few positions that would require a photo such as a model or an actor.
  • Do Not use an  outdated or silly Hotmail or AOL email address. It only takes a matter of seconds to establish a professional email address.
  • Do Not complete contact details without including your customized LinkedIn address and a phone number that you can be reached at.
  • Do Not use, “I”, “My”, “He”, “She”.  This is your resume, not a cover letter.  Use bullet points and begin each accomplishment with an action verb.
  • Do Not lie about your past jobs or qualifications.  It’s not worth getting the job today just to lose it tomorrow.
  • Do Not leave out graduation dates or leave gaps in your work history. Leaving it out will only send a red flag. If you’re not willing to tell the whole story on your resume, should you be trusted to reveal it in an interiew?    
  • Do Not include religious or political affiliations or personal interests and hobbies on your resume.
  • Do Not list references on your resume and there is no need to note that they are “available upon request” as any recruiter or human resource professional expects that they will be available.

Send your resume to Elite Resumes to receive a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

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Nothing to Hide on Your Resume

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

When dealing with any business or individual providing goods or services a transparent image is critical to securing your loyalty and trust as a customer. The notion that they have Nothing to Hide relates to being reputable and honest.

When submitting your resume to an HR Professional or Recruiter this same principle applies and yet over 60% of resumes are purposely submitted with missing dates or career gaps. This sends an immediate red flag! Leaving a blank space is equivalent to saying, ”I’m trying to hide something from you!” Most people will assume the worst when missing information is discovered. The omitted graduation date of 1985 will more likely be presumed to be 1975! Your lack of honesty has tarnished your credibility and the futile attempt to hide your age just added on 10 years!

Many of us learn from an early age that, “honesty is the best policy” and when a professional resume is sent out, nothing is more critical than honesty. Yes, you could argue it was not meant to be dishonest when you intentionally left out the dates or work history on your resume but it is much easier to establish credibility from the start than to take a chance on missing out on the opportunity to defend your reputation after the fact.

The goal for any professional sifting through mountains of resumes is that of elimination in order to establish a reasonable number of potential candiates to interview. Any reason to discard your resume will do. You may believe you are the most qualified of candidates but all studies show a simple typo could result in a missed opportunity! Intentionally leaving out details on your resume will also result in a missed opportunity. Employers are searching for honest, loyal and reputable employees as we are when we make a decision to pay for products or services. Is the potential candidate/product/ service recognized? Is it easy to search and gain valuable information? Are there postitive testimonials available?

There is nothing to hide on your resume. The risk of being eliminated as a potential candidate due to missing information or the risk of discovery at a later date could be devastating to your career.

Email your resume for a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer.                  

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Resume Writing – FAQ’s

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Are you able to answer the following, frequently asked questions about resume writing?

How many pages should my resume be?

Do I need to list references on my resume?

Should I list all 20 of my previous jobs?

Is there a particular font that is more acceptable than others?

I’ve heard that you shouldn’t underline anything on a resume.  Is this true and why?

Is it acceptable to use abbreviations?

Do you include high school info in a resume?

Should I include the political and religious organizations I am involved with?

Should a resume for an undergraduate be kept to one page?

Is it necessary to include an objective?

Should the education section always appear at the end of the resume?

What type of results should I be expecting from my resume?

Is it acceptable to have more than one type of resume?

How should I list the degrees I have acquired from other countries?

Should I list my hobbies and interests to let a potential employer get to know me a little better?

What is the difference between a Functional and a Chronological resume?

How do I show my personal brand in my resume?

Is a tag line important?

Why shouldn’t I use resume.doc when naming my resume?

Do I need to include my customized Linkedin url on my resume?

If you are writing your resume and are not sure how to answer any one of these frequently asked questions STOP now!  You do not want to give a hiring professional any reason to discard your resume. Contact Elite Resumes for the answers to these questions or submit your resume for a free resume critique by a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

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Tips for submitting your online resume

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Searching for jobs online is a common occurrence and just as common are the number of organizations that require you to submit your resume online. Mailing a paper resume or hand delivering it are two options that may never be an option again. Although online job boards represent a very small percentage of available jobs since many are posted solely to boost traffic to a website or contain outdated information, it will still be necessary to send your resume online even if it is in an email. For that reason, you must have a properly named and formatted, professional resume that is ready to upload on any site at any time with the press of a button.

Here are a few tips to consider before sending your resume into cyberspace:

  • Review the formatting of your resume to ensure it will look the same to the recipient as it does to you. Avoid symbols, unique fonts and underlining.
  • Check the validity of the site advertising the job. There are many but most should be familiar or provide contact information.
  • Ensure your resume is up to date. Keep a list of the sites you have your resume posted on and take the time to update at the same time to maintain consistent information.
  • If you have a professional resume that has provided positive results, use it to post content when creating online profiles on social media sites such as Linkedin and Visual CV.
  • Remember most resumes are scanned for keywords as a process for elimination so don’t miss any. Google the most current and popular keywords in your industry.
  • Job boards such as Monster should be visited daily if only to make a minor change to your resume to ensure it stays near the top of the list for visibility.

Visit Elite Resumes for a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

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Resume Writing Feedback

Friday, April 16th, 2010

How much feedback did you acquire before sending out your resume? Never send out a resume that has not been reviewed by at least a dozen people! Your resume is your key marketing tool. It will either get you in the door or it won’t. Don’t miss out on an opportunity!

Every HR Professional and Recruiter will see your resume differently so it is impossible to have a perfect resume however, a resume that will positively influence the majority of decision makers is possible. Will your resume impress upon a decision maker to call you in for a job interview? It is often difficult to have an objective opinion about a document that is all about you. The accomplishment that meant the most to you may not be the one that will have the most influence on the reader. The appearance of your resume may be pleasing to you with bold fonts and graphics but could be seen as aesthetically offensive and lacking professionalism to someone else.

Your due diligence in obtaining as much feedback on your resume as possible from a variety of sources will help you to prepare a resume that will open doors. You do not want to be passed over as a potential candidate due to typos, formating issues, grammatical errors or missing information. 

Most people will be happy to take the time to review your resume. Of course your mother’s opinion may not be quite as objective as that of a colleague but don’t dismiss feedback from family and friends. After all, who cares more about what is in your best interest? Exchange your resume with other professionals at networking events and share your impressions and advice. Have you maintained good relations with those from your previous position? Do you know what your boss and the company admired most about you and is it clearly noted in your resume? Have you provided them with your resume and asked for feedback?  

Finally, take advantage of a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer!

      

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