Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Getting your resume read

With the influx of resumes that recruiters and hiring managers are receiving today, your resume has approximately 10-20 seconds to catch their attention. Below are several tips to help make your resume stand out:

Sell your achievements and results rather than just include a laundry list of your job responsibilities and skills. Employers love seeing how your accomplishments have increased sales, improved productivity, reduced expenses, etc. If you can quantify them, even better!

Use key words and customize your resume to fit each position you’re applying for. Sometimes your resume maybe not even be read by a human, but must be filtered through a computer search query that is scanning for key words. So if the job description is looking for certain certifications or computer software skills, make sure to include them if you have them.

Having a great resume is only half of the work; you need to get it in front of the right people. According to research, almost 8 out of 10 jobs are landed through a referral. Therefore, merely submitting your resume through job boards may not be enough. You need to network, either with your own contacts or through a recruiter to get that referral.

Read more
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