On A Resume, Keep It Short And Simple

April 25, 2012 by  Filed under: Management 

When it comes to applying for a job, there is only one way to go about it and that is to start with a resume, your introduction to your potential employer. The resume will make or break your chances since the person doing the hiring likely has no idea who you are and will decide on whether or not to offer you an interview based on first impressions and if you don’t have a quality resume, you’ll never hear back and never get a chance to meet the manager in person.

Obviously you won’t be able to get in the door without a decent resume. You have got to remember that any potential reporter is sifting through dozens of resumes if it is for a nationally advertised position. Most of them look the same, so it is vital that you make sure that your resume is the one that stands out. It does not mean using different kinds of paper or ink, it’s just about having the right words. When you mail or e-mail that resume it will mark the first time the potential employer will know who you are. They will also be meeting dozens of other candidates for the first time.

Display all contact information at the top of the page in letterhead form, making it quick and easy for the potential employer to spot. They do not want to have to search all over the page for the information. They want to be able to scan quickly and see what they are looking for. Have subject headings, such as “skills” and “education” in bold so that the employer can easily find it. Avoid flashy pictures or colors. These are not needed on a professional resume, even if you are applying for a kindergarten teacher. The recipients of your resume are not amused or pleased by flashy colors and pictures.

Never, ever, use more than one page with your resume. You may have a lot of accomplishments and reasons you think you are the right person for the job, but so do all of the other applicants. The person doing the hiring is not going to waste his or her time reading the novel you have written about yourself. It might not be easy to weed some things out, but it is up to you to figure it out.

Make sure your resume does, however, have all of the information you believe they will need to make a proper assessment of your qualifications and skills. Once you have a satisfactory resume, you should be sure to apply at jobs that you qualify for. Do not overstep yourself and get into a position you are not qualified for, or one that might underwhelm you. Being bored at your job is a good way to drive yourself toward quitting. Think and plan ahead, applying for positions that will interest you and that you have the skills to perform well.

We have the ability to apply for jobs online, and that is a very good route to take, especially when gas prices are high and going from job to job may not be feasible. Whatever route you take, prepare yourself for your interviews by knowing your industry, knowing your skills and not being afraid to get out there and show what you can do.

If you don’t yet know about Six sigma, it is a good time to discover more. The Six sigma principles can work for both for a business and an individual.

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