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Top 10 Resume Must-Haves

The Top 10 Do’s to Create the Right Resume

Top 10 Resume Must-Haves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your resume is an important tool in your job search efforts. In fact, it is often the first thing a potential employer sees from you. So they use it to decide whether or not they should bring you in for an interview.

Of course, the interview is your ultimate goal, so you need to perfect your resume to help you stand out from all the other job seekers. First of all, your resume should be error free since misspellings can mean an automatic rejection. But that isn’t the only “to-do” you need to complete on your resume to beat out the competition.

 

We present our top 10 DO’s to create the perfect resume:

 

    1. Format your resume into recommended categories such as Professional Experience, Education & Certifications, and Associations.
    2. Utilize a summary of your skills at the top of the resume, rather than an objective statement
    3. List your past 10 years of professional experience.
    4. Put your education and ‘certifications and associations’ sections last, unless you have less than 10 years of experience.
    5. Create a short paragraph highlighting each position’s scope of responsibilities.
    6. Use bullet points to highlight accomplishments, not tasks, underneath your responsibilities paragraph.
    7. Clearly identify measurable results and accomplishments: dollars saved, percentage increases or decreases, time it took to accomplish the goals, etc. Include these in your accomplishments section.
    8. Include one or two sentences describing the company, industry, size and relevant factors about each company you have worked for under your bullet points of accomplishments.
    9. Use action verbs throughout your resume, such as initiated, established, analyzed, executed, organized, etc.
    10. Keep your resume to 2 pages or less and print your resume on white or off-white paper with basic fonts that are size 10-12 points

 

Now you’re on your way to putting together the resume that will get you in the door for an interview. Are you “Resume Ready?”

Be sure to check back in soon for our top 10 resume DON’Ts!

Should You Use a Recruitment Firm for your Job Search?

Despite the recovering economy, the fact remains that there are many job seekers vying after available positions in the U.S. right now. As a job seeker in this market you may be wondering if it’s time to stop doing the searching by yourself and start using a recruitment firm. But you might not know how a recruiter can help you.

The short story? A recruitment firm can do big things to help you move your job search along and help you land the position of your dreams. But if you’re looking for more, here are the specific benefits a recruitment firm can offer you:

  • Saved time.

    Job searching is a time-consuming task. If you are already employed full time you have a limited amount of time to devote to this important task. A recruiter can help take some of that burden off your shoulders and save you time by connecting you with only valuable openings that have already been vetted with your experience and skills in mind. That means your job search can be more productive and less time-consuming overall.

  • Direct access to employers.

    A recruitment firm works directly with employers to find a great fit for the company and the employee. That means they have a relationship with the employer that will allow them to help you through the interview process with specific information and guidance. Bonus: recruiters’ relationships with employers also means they have knowledge about job positions that never make it to a job listing, a hidden gem if you will.

  • Expertise in your industry.

    Recruiters are experts in their given industry. So they can handle all of your questions and needs throughout the job search process. For example, they will have deep knowledge to help you prepare for an interview or navigate the tricky process of salary negotiation.

  • Increased confidence.

    When you conduct a job search process on your own, you have the full burden on your shoulders. A recruitment firm can help give you peace of mind by lifting some of that burden and helping to guide you to the right opportunities. This, in turn, will help give you confidence and empowerment to successfully land the right job for you.

  • Honest feedback.

    Often when you apply to a company on your own you are left to wonder why you didn’t get an interview or land the job. But with a recruitment firm you are guaranteed open, honest, and detailed feedback throughout the process. We will help you improve your resume and interview skills each step of the way and provide you with the feedback you deserve so you are always improving.

Are you ready to power up your job search in this tough market with the help of a recruitment firm? All About People can help you discover who you are, how you work, how you should be rewarded and more. We go way beyond traditional skill assessment to help you discover your strengths as well as improve and fine tune all your assets. No matter what kind of work you’re looking for, from temporary to executive search, we can help you get serious about your next career move.