11 creative resumes that have gone viral



Top 10 mistakes people make in job interviews – CBS News

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What Do Employers Look for When Hiring?

What Do Employers Look for When Hiring?

By William G. Perry, Ph.D.

The following article is an extended list of traits that business owners and managers want employees to possess. Each one conveys to you, the reader, what employers are looking for when trying to fill a vacancy.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7493148

How To Futureproof Your Job with a Career Insurance Policy


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LINK – http://lifehacker.com/5980121/futureproof-your-job-with-a-career-insurance-policy

How To Futureproof Your Job with a Career Insurance Policy

Jobs come and go, but hopefully your career is bit more solid. If it’s not, your skills, goals, and personal career plan can guide you, but it’s never a bad time to prepare for a future layoff, job change, or even promotion. They can be tricky to handle, but a strong career “insurance policy” can give you the confidence to make the right choice no matter what life throws at you. Here’s how to build one.

What Is a Career Insurance Policy?

We first heard the phrase when career expert Hannah Morgan described it last year, and in this post we’ll walk you through building your own. Hannah describes it as a way to financially and professionally protect yourself against the possibility of losing your job. In other words, doing all the things required to make sure that if fate pulls the rug out from under you tomorrow, you’ll land safely. We’re taking the original idea and piggybacking on it to include some ways to prep you for any career or job shift, not just the unexpected kind.

Whether you’ve been laid off, thinking about a new job, or you’re comfortable in the job you have, a career insurance policy can help take some of the weight from your shoulders. You’ll have the basics—money, your professional network, your skills, and an escape plan, all taken care of, so you can focus on deciding what you should do next.

Step One: Protect Yourself Financially with an Emergency Fund

Insurance policies work because, by chipping in periodically, you have a pool of resources to tap into if disaster strikes. This is no different: layoffs can happen even at the strongest companies, and job situations can change drastically (a new boss, a transfer to a different department, terrible managers, etc) and leave you wondering if you can survive another day at work. Whatever happens, the first thing most of us agonize over when considering changing jobs, quitting, or what to do when we’re laid off is how we’ll pay the bills. Alleviate that worry right now by starting an emergency fund. How much you should put into an emergency fund depends on your needs. Most people say you should stash enough cash away for three to six months of regular bills, expenses, and purchases that you would normally make.Start with the basics, then move up to incidentalsDon’t try to plan for everything, and keep your money somewhere it’ll work for you. At the end of the day, if you can make your emergency fund grow on its own, you’ll be better prepared for an emergency like a job loss or illness.

Your emergency fund isn’t just in case you lose your job, though. If your work environment gets so terrible that you want to leave badly, or just can’t take another day there, having that fund on-hand makes it easy to walk away without having to wait and be miserable while you search for and land a new job. It also gives you the head-space to leave a terrible job and pick a new job carefully so you don’t take the first thing that’s available, or make the same mistakes at a new job just because you were in a hurry to get out of the last one.

Step Two: Make Yourself More Valuable by Diversifying Your Skills and Experience

One of the best things I ever did for my career was make a move from one part of my field (systems administration and support) to another (technical project management.) The result, after a few years and keeping up with both ends of the industry, was that I found myself capable of moving in either direction if I had to—I could look at opportunities and think “well, if this all goes down the tubes, I can always go back to being a sysadmin, I’m still good at that!” Granted, I had a job that let me keep my old skills honed while working at the new ones (translation: We were shorthanded and encouraged to jump in and help out instead of standing back and saying “that’s not my job,”) but if you’re facing a career change, a possible promotion, or a layoff, don’t let yourself get caught knowing how to do only one thing or work with any one tool. The best time to learn something new is when you don’t need the skill.

We’ve explained that being good at one thing just isn’t enough anymore, but it can be worse when that one thing you’re good at is suddenly no longer in high demand. There are plenty of ways to pick up new skills without much risk. Take night classes, go back to school for an advanced degree, take up an apprenticeship, or pick up a part time job. Your skill doesn’t have to be a something as big as a degree or certification either: pick up a new language, or learn a new programming language or tool, or explore a side-passion or hobby. Consider an internship or doing some volunteer work to pick up those desirable skills. In any case, you get the skills, the non-profit gets the job done or a helping hand, and everyone wins.

Whatever you do, make a commitment to keep learning and regularly pick up new skills that interest you and can benefit you professionally. You may even be able to turn those side passions or skills into a paying thing—a way to diversify your income streams so you’re not so heavily reliant on the job you have.

Step Three: Protect Yourself Professionally by Beefing Up Your Network

a great job has just as much to do with who you know as it does what you know and what you can bring to the table. Companies everywhere get thousands of applicants each day, and the best way to get a leg up on the competition is to have a friends in the right places who are willing to lend you a hand—and in turn, who you can help when they need it. We mentioned using the “Layoff Test” to beef up your network, or thinking about the ten people you would reach out to for advice or support if you got laid off tomorrow. If you can’t think of ten people, your professional network probably sucks, but you can do something about it. Here are a few ways to improve your professional network now, while you’re gainfully employed and not necessarily looking for a new opportunity.

  • Reconnect with old coworkers or managers you haven’t spoken to in a while. Offer your help to them, see what they have going on professionally. The first rule of professional networking is to stop thinking of it as professional networking: all you’re doing is making friends and extending your help to people who may need it. What goes around comes around. Ask those old contacts out for coffee in the morning or for lunch and catch up. You should never need to IM or call an old coworker because you’re interviewing and need a reference from an old job.
  • Get involved in industry groups or trade associations. Most of us incorrectly assume that the only people we can and should network with are previous coworkers or managers—people who know how we work and can vouch for us. That’s all well and good, but if a company lays off your entire department, your friends will need help as much as you do. Join a professional organization (for example, even though I haven’t been a full time project manager, I’m still a member of the Project Management Institute) or trade group dedicated to your craft—or your desired craft. Go to meetings, seminars, or dinners and meet people. Listen to presentations. Learn something new, and meet people who have something to teach you.
  • Make personal, one-on-one connections with people you admire. If the idea of huge industry gatherings or busy coffee shops is too much, this piece on networking for introverts might help. You probably already know a few people in your field—or your preferred field—whose work you admire. Reach out to them personally to get to know them. Let them know you’re interested in their work, and would love to talk to them about it. Meet them, talk, and make a personal connection. Offer your help if they can use it.

Remember, “professional network” is really code for “friends who help each other professionally when they can.” That’s all—there’s no magic or secret handshake. Be sincere, willing to help other people, and in general a nice person, and others will do the same for you.

Step Four: Keep Your Résumé and Social Networks Updated, and Learn How to Promote Yourself


The first thing that many of us do as soon as we think about leaving a job or have lost a job is update our résumés and our profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and job boards where we have our résumés saved. It’s an unfortunate necessity, but if you’ve waited until you’re leaving (or have been let go!) to add your most recent job to your résumés,you’re doing it wrong.

Set aside an hour one night to make sure your résumés is up to date—everything from your contact information to your current job title and responsibilities. Then make it a recurring thing, every few months, sooner if things tend to move quickly at your job. This way, you’ll never be in the position of thinking back two years to remember your accomplishments or responsibilities just because that’s the last time you updated your résumés or LinkedIn profile. If you have a professional nameplate site, or a personal site where you host your résumés or portfolio, update that as well. It’s worth the effort of doing now, while everything is fine, so you can devote more energy towards deciding what to do when the time comes to send those links to a potential employer, or after you’ve been laid off. 

At the same time, learn how to promote yourself without being sleazy about it. You have desirable skills and experience that any employer would want, so flaunt it. Give anyone looking for more information about you something great to look at and find when they search for you online, or reach out to their colleagues about you.

Step Five: Turn Your Hobbies, Passions, or Extra Skills Into a Second Income Stream

A single income stream is risky, and the fact that most of us are entirely dependent on our one jobs is one of the biggest reasons job uncertainty stresses us out. Pending layoffs, reorganizations, any small change can very literally take our livelihoods away. Back when getting a job meant you’d have it until you retired, that wasn’t a big deal, but now, getting laid off can lead to financial ruin, and unemployment insurance is no substitute for a full paycheck. Instead of leaving it up to fate, diversify your income streams. 
We’re not saying work multiple jobs just because you can, but you should definitely consider finding ways to take some of your interest areas, hobbies, or passions that you may want to turn into careers someday and turning them into a second income stream. If you like to write, consider freelance writing or starting your own blog. If you’re technically inclined, consider offering to repair friends’ and neighbors’ computers for a fee, or to help them with the things you know how to do, like backing up their data or accessing their systems remotely. It’s not easy, but it’s a great way to fill your emergency fund a little faster, and to make yourself a little less reliant on the whims of one employer. Then you can think more clearly about whether a layoff is coming your way, or whether a promotion or change in primary jobs is best for you.

Ideally, all of these suggestions will help you build a kind of bulletproof “career armor” that will help protect you from sudden changes and make difficult decisions a little easier. You’ll have the basics covered and you’ll be prepared for most common eventualities. More importantly, you’ll be ready to tackle whatever comes your way with confidence, knowing you’re ready for it. That’s the best thing insurance can possibly offer.








Notes from the CreativeLive Course Money + Business: Essentials for Creative Entrepreneurs by Ramit Sethi – October 19, 2012

Common advice:

  • Do what you love
  • Follow your bliss and you’ll never work a day in your life
  • Follow your dreams/passion
  • What did you want to do when you were a child
  • Make sure your resume is just one page

It all begins with how you introduce yourself

  • Most people in their 30s are happy to hold on to their job and they don’t think about long-term.
  • It is possible to get a dream job but what are you willing to do to get there?
  • Realistically it is not possible to go form being a simple clerk to making $150,000/year within the next 5 years.
  • It is possible to increase you salary gradually.
  • Think of steps rather than big leaps.
  • Chris C. Case Study

The biggest barrier to finding a dream job

  • Too many choices
  • We don’t want to close doors
  • This won’t work for me
  • I am not sure I’m qualified for this…
  • I don’t have the network
  • It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
  • I should just take whatever is available
  • We self-select ourselves out
  • I am not at that level
  • I don’t look like the person who should have this job
  • I don’t have the education

If you are not getting paid what you should be, you deserve it. You are either not a top performer or you haven’t negotiated.

Properly trained, women are some of the best top negotiators.

What matters most:

  • Not the resume
  • How well you can solve someone’s problem
  • How well you can communicate
  • Your ability to anticipate the problem before they can

Sending out resumes

  • Instead of just sending out 20 resumes/week everywhere, do the deep research that almost no one else will do

What most people do:

  • Magical Matching – take a quiz to discover what you should do with your life
  • Delegate our responsibility – easy to do
  • Send out lots of resume and feel like they are trying
  • Do work but playing an entirely wrong game
  • Post resumes and just wait

Meaningless Objectives

  • I want to help people
  • I want to change the world

Think about it

  • Everyone even in this economy is looking for top-performers
  • If you are really great at something specific and you can show it, companies can create a position for you
  • Top performers know that you only go to a law school if you can get into one of the top 10 law schools
  • Top performers know that the money will come
  • People don’t think about testing their beliefs and instead focus on failure

Top Performer

  • How do you find out what is a top-performer
  • Ask you boss – one of the things I really want to do is become a top-performer and make a contribution over the next 6 months. Can we please sit down so that you can tell me how to do it?
  • My end goal in the next six months is to become a top-performer, can we please sit down and discuss how I can do this?
  • Busy boss – give him a draft of what you think you need to do to become a top performer and ask you boss to help you

What you’ll need to do

  • Go external – discover what’s actually out there (People have preconceived notions)
  • Test your delusions about the market
  • Focus on CONCRETE job qualities that matter to you (get rid of “I want to change the world” sentences)
  • Tell me the three things that you are looking for in a company
  • Deep research via Natural Networking
  • Come up with your own theory about the dream job and test it
  • What you think matters… Doesn’t

Two variables that matter when it comes to you finding a dream job:

  1. Job Title – implies a lot
  2. Company

When you get very specific about who you want to work for and what you want to do, you:

  • Know what you are talking about
  • Focus
  • Filter out what you don’t need
  • Can speak the language of the hiring manager
  • Cut through butter with a hot knife
  • Think in terms of niches

Think of the hiring manager as your client

  • What is his need
  • What is his fears and frustrations

Think about it

  • You need to be making friends with people who are better than you are
  • Study people who have gone further than you
  • Honer your client above all – put your client in the center of your world
  • Hiring Mangers only look at the resumes for 10 second
  • Go around and focus on building relationships
  • Getting a great job is challenging but it is worth it

Traditional Networking

  • Awkward
  • Don’t really want to be there
  • I don’t know these people and they don’t know me
  • Doesn’t feel authentic
  • I am not a very outgoing person – introvert

Great Networkers

  • Charismatic
  • Keep in touch
  • Pay attention
  • Seem genuinely interested in me
  • Great story tellers Think About It
  • If you want to be more interesting, be more interested
  • You are not born a great story teller, but you can study to become one
  • Networking is incredibly powerful, yet most people don’t know how to do it
  • Network can get you far but you still have to perform

I noticed that you have such an interesting background. I am wondering, how did you get there?

1. Identify the right people

  • Who are the people that you want to naturally network with?
  • Think Bigger – focus on networking with people on the next level

2. Reach out directly (Twitter is not networking)

  • Most people don’t do it at all
  • Script: Reaching Out to a VIP
  • Email subject line – Important but not as important
  • Send an email on Monday afternoon when the Inbox is cleared and repeat on Thursday

3. Chat over coffee, phone, or email

  • Chat for 15-30 min over coffee
  • Busy people hate time suck
  • You haven’t yet earned to spend more time with them
  • If they talk longer – ask them if it is OK to go longer – respect their time
  • Spend 90% of the time talking about them and 10% about you
  • Focus on really discovering the answers to your questions
  • You actually need to want to meet this person
  • Be genuinely interested in their path and how they got to where they are now
  • Be really curious

Networking For Women

  • Plan in advance that guys may hit on you
  • Meet for coffee during the day
  • Be crystal clear that it is a business meeting and not a date
  • If you start talking about social, redirect to “I actually wanted to talk about this specific thing”
  • I am flattered but, redirect to the subject
  • Never be angry or rude


  • After listening to you, I understand that ….
  • I am curious if you were in my position
  • What would you do?
  • Who else should I be talking to?
  1. Ask a person for an advice
  2. Come back in a week or two later
  3. Tell the person that you have implemented their advice
  4. Thank them for it and show it to them – no response needed

Script: Closing The Loop

Most busy people want to mentor someone great but they don’t because they know that they won’t take action.

You can send a repeat email every 2-3 weeks

  • You cover letter is a marketing material
  • Your resume is a marketing document
  • Marketing is about telling a story and not telling just facts
  • Focus on conveying your narrative

Resume Test

  • Close your eyes
  • Pretend that you are a hiring manager
  • You just got a resume – your resume
  • You are looking at your resume
  • You have 10 seconds
  • Read it
  • Open your eyes
  • What do yo remember
  • Who is this person?
  • Are they remarkable enough to get the interview?

Biggest Mistakes in Resumes

  • Too vague
  • Chronological list of facts
  • List of facts – how does that help me?
  • Filled with corporate jargon and other BS
  • Stuffy and boring (words like “proficient”)

1. Craft your narrative

  • Your narrative allows you to differentiate yourself from everyone else
  • What is your pitch
  • Just put it in plain English
  • Your narrative matters more than individuals words

2. Make every words earn its place on the page

  • Within the first 10 seconds, earn the right for 10 more seconds
  • Most traditional words don’t mean anything
  • Your words must support your narrative
  • This means most people can cut 40% of their resume now

3. Write with energy and confidence

  • Cover letter: Dear Mike, I am thrilled to apply for…
  • Super boring cover letters just stink
  • Most people fall into the trap of writing the standard boring model
  • One of the things that I am proud of is

Use a surgical knife when editing your resume

Meta message

  • Away from “I can help you with whatever you want”
  • To “From what I understand, here is what I can recommend (specifically)”
  • Instead of telling them what you can do for them, show it to them
  • People don’t want a million options, they want what is right for them
  • I don’t want to decide as a client, don’t make me think, just tell me what I need to do
  • Listen to your client and customize it
  • The Interview Is about presenting your message

Three Must Says

  • What are you three must says?
  • What specific great things have you done?

1. Know what you’re going to say before you even enter the room

  • Research your company
  • Network with the team ahead of time

2. Don’t be a robot –  practice being emotive using the Reporter Technique

  • Learn how to be friendly and approachable

****3. Prevent rambling answers by using the High Low High method of storytelling**

  • Keep it to the point
  • Watch a professional speak on one of the top TV shows – NPR
  • High – I did marketing – what I did
  • Low – more specific about what you did
  • High – sum it up – I managed acquisition and revenue – conclude what you did
  • Rehears your answers

“Why do you need to work here?” – You need to have this answer perfected to every word.

Record your stories so that you can track them and related them to something that you are working on now.

  • A real smile can help you a lot
  • Use it strategically
  • A good smile makes an instant connection on a non-verbal level
  • You can brag about yourself if you do it strategically and you tell a story
  • Never lie or bullshit your way through
  • Be honest and practice
  • What is your greatest weakness question
    they want to know the deeper answer,
    your ability to show that you can admit it,
    your willingness to improve on it
    what are you doing proactively to fix it?
  • When you respond to a weakness question, tell a small story
  • When you end your response, you can repeat the question – “that is why I think you should choose me”.

How to prepare for your interview

  1. Write down the questions that you will get – Google it
  2. Write your answers
  3. Say them out loud
  4. Call one of your friends that can interview you
  5. Videotape yourself

Always be prepared with your top three things

  • The three things you want to ask a stranger
  • The thee things that you can say about yourself
  • The three things that you are proud of
  • You top three values
  • Always be prepared
  • Help them first and then reap the rewards later
  • The importance of the power of psychology
  • The power of systems and techniques
  • Knowing your own barrios to success
  • Systems and strategies over tactics
  • Not everybody is for everybody
  • Focus on serving the right people
  • Take action

How to Say ‘Look at Me!’ to an Online Recruiter-Very good article for job search using LinkedIn


Published: January 26, 2013

IF you are thinking of looking for a job this year, or are already searching for one, be warned: for some job seekers, the rules have changed. Technology and social media have altered the way some employers consider candidates. Simply sifting through job postings and sending out applications en masse was never a good route to success, and is even less so now.

One of the most important questions that many job seekers can ask these days is this: How searchable am I? Some employers aren’t even bothering to post jobs, but are instead searching online for the right candidate, said Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, a career management firm in New York.

Not having an Internet presence can be damaging, Ms. Safani said. She is among those who recommend that job seekers spend serious time detailing their skills and experience on commercial sites likeLinkedIn and Twitter, with an eye toward making their names a magnet for search engines.

“Having a blog can be a good way to show that you are a thought leader” while improving your professional visibility, she said. And consider YouTube as a way to enhance your searchability, she advised. If an employer comes across a video of you giving a speech or a training presentation, she said, you may gain an advantage.

More companies are turning to Twitter as a way to broadcast job openings, so you should use it to follow recruiters, industry leaders and individual companies, said Alison Doyle, a job search specialist for About.com. She said that by linking to articles and sharing your expertise on Twitter, you can enhance your professional reputation — though you should beware of the site’s potential as a time drain.

On Facebook, “liking” a company can mean receiving early notice of job openings and other news. But privacy concerns make Facebook tricky, Ms. Doyle said: Make sure you understand who is receiving which of your posts, or resolve to be thoroughly professional on Facebook at all times, she said. Be aware that hiring managers may see what you post on any of the major social media outlets, she added.

OLD-FASHIONED, personal networking can still be an effective way to land a job, but online networking now supplements it in many fields. Both Ms. Safani and Ms. Doyle say LinkedIn is a very important Web tool for making those connections.

The site offers premium services for a fee, but almost all of the main features for job seekers are free, Ms. Doyle said. Spend a few minutes on the site each day making new connections, she advised, and keep your profile up to date.

To improve the chances that a connection request will be accepted, especially from someone you don’t know, send a personal message along with it, noting, say, your similar backgrounds, said Nicole Williams, a consultant who works as a career expert for LinkedIn.

Baldly asking someone at a company for help in landing a job is never a good idea, on LinkedIn or anywhere else. Share links and advice with people in your LinkedIn network before asking for a favor like an introduction to a hiring manager or a written recommendation that would appear on the site. If you are seeking a particular position, Ms. Doyle said, you might say something like: “I’m interested in this job. Do you have any information that you can share with me?”

Joining industry groups on LinkedIn can build your visibility. You can also join college alumni organizations or other focused groups, like one for working mothers.

Make full use of the skills section of LinkedIn, Ms. Williams advised, and the more specific you are, the better. Instead of saying that you have marketing skills, note the exact areas — direct mail campaigns, for example. LinkedIn can direct you to companies that are seeking these skills so you can follow them. Listing your skills could also bring you to the notice of a recruiter.

Be aware, too, that an employer may be viewing your application via a mobile phone. Mobile traffic involving job search more than doubled in 2012 over 2011 at the employment site Indeed.com, said Rony Kahan, a co-founder and C.E.O. So make sure you know how your résumé and cover letter look on a small screen. Résumés should be in a PDF format so they can be viewed on a variety of phones.

In the age of online applications, one school of thought holds that cover letters are a waste of time, but Ms. Doyle disagrees. Cover letters are still a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition, she said — and the rise of applications via cellphone just means they should be more concise, and specific to the job at hand.

A version of this article appeared in print on January 27, 2013, on page BU8 of the New York edition with the headline: How to Say ‘Look at Me!’ To an Online Recruiter.

10 Mistakes to avoid when preparing your resume

Why your resume ends up in the ’round file’

Colleen Clarke| Jan 15, 2013 10:38 AM

Resume readers hate mistakes on resumes. There are even readers who have told me that if there is even one mistake, typo, or formatting error, they’ll dump it. Poorly presented resumes say negative things about your work habits and possibly even your character. Resume sloppiness could imply that you’re lazy, unambitious, careless, or simply don’t know any better. All red flags to potential employers.

Lies are big no nos too. Remember that your resume is a legal document. If you are hired under false pretentions and found out, you can be fired on the spot.

Check to see that you aren’t making any of these common mistakes that land resumes on the fast track to the recycle bin:

  1. Spelling mistakes, typos and poor grammar is number one. Read, re-read and have your resume edited each time you make some changes.
  2. Stretching the truth. Saying you have a degree when you completed only three years of a four year degree program is not legit. Or stretching the length of time you worked somewhere is misleading.
  3. Exaggerating or misrepresenting your accomplishments. Saying you had a 100% increase in sales when it was a start up product or company may be true. But if you started with $50 and increased sales to $100 you may not be the quality of sales person a company needs and you could be setting yourself up for failure down the road.
  4. Upgrading your title or number of direct reports. You may have been doing the work of a assistant sales manager but if that wasn’t your title then you can’t use it. If the number of people reporting to you varied over the length of the position use a range, “Managed a team of 4-9 CSR’s.”
  5. Don’t regurgitate a job description word for word. Readers want to see some creativity and professional wonderment reflected with your own words. Keep key words in the writing just not word for word.
  6. Elongating work periods. If you have gaps between jobs, keep the months out and just use years, lying about the length of the job to fill gaps is totally taboo.
  7. Remember to list both a phone number and email address. Create a business-like email address, leave cutesy emails for dating sites. Only use a phone number where you have voicemail. If an employer listens to a phone ring endlessly, they’re unlikely to call back.
  8. Ensure you have industries separate from what business you are in. (You are in the manufacturing industry but in the business of sales.)
  9. There is no need to start sentences with “I” in a resume; the I is assumed.
  10. Either use periods at the end of your statements or don’t, be consistent and uniform.
  11. Stick to one font and don’t over bold. Your name should be maximum 14 point font.
  12. Limit your list of interests to three items.

Proofread then have someone else proofread it for you. A fresh set of eyes can spot errors that you don’t see because you read what you meant to type – rather than what’s actually on the page. You have one chance to make an impression, take your time and take your writing seriously.


Colleen Clarke
Career Specialist and Corporate Trainer
Author of Networking: How to Build Relationships That Count and How To Get a Job and Keep It

Resume Cheat Sheet

Resume Cheat Sheet

Here are five solid resume tips from experts at http://www.careerealism.com/resume-cheat-sheet/

1. Amp Up Your Work Experience

There’s no law that requires your experience to be contained in a section called “Work History.” What about “Sales Achievements and Performance” or “Relevant Technical Leadership Roles?”

Why not try “Operations Management Career” if your focus is a new role in manufacturing production or within a call center?

This technique is especially effective if you’re trying to direct attention toward a specific part of your experience, helping to connect disparate parts of your career to the role you’re targeting.

2. Customization is Critical

Remember, you always want to tweak your resume when you apply for a job. No two positions are exactly alike, and each employer is going to have different standards and requirements that are very important to them. Key in on those requirements, and be sure to incorporate them into your resume.

You’ll know what these requirements are by reviewing the job advertisement and noting special keywords throughout; or, in most cases, the employer will state required skills or preferred qualifications. You’re a perfect match when you meet all of the required and preferred qualifications.

3. White Space is Important

Most resumes have at least a half inch margin, but a full inch is preferable. If your margins are smaller, you risk losing content if the document is printed by the hiring manager. Plus, a resume that lacks a one inch margin is harder for the reader to peruse and may look cluttered or chaotic – two qualities that are not often sought by employers.

4. Use Numbers and Symbols

Numbers and symbols quickly jump out at employers so use them whenever you can. Resumes have their own special rules and I always show all numbers as digits as they catch the eye. Percentages are always best as they show the impact of your efforts.

For example, saying “Increased sales $750K over prior year” is nice but to some companies that is petty cash and your company might not like your giving out their private information; better to say “Increased sales 43% over prior year.” Simply avoid words that don’t define, such as “many,” “few” and “several.”

5. Determine the Right Keywords

There are simple ways to figure out what keywords should go on your resume.

  1. Review the Job Posting – The job posting typically tells you the title or position, specific experiences, skills and education desired or required of a candidate. Highlight all these keywords and work them into your resume in context.
  2. Job Description – Conduct searches on career or job board websites for job descriptions of the position you are applying for. You will notice common keywords coming from each of the job descriptions that you can also use in context for your resume.
  3. Company/Organization Website – Review its website. You will notice there are field or industry specific terms that are commonly used that should also be applied to your resume in context.

If you are applying for a job as an experienced professional in the same field, your resume may very likely already contain a few of the appropriate keywords. Your relevant experience and the professional lingo you have come to know has helped you apply it to your resume when describing your previous work experiences, but make sure you take the opportunity to optimize every section of your resume with keywords.


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