Resume Tips to Help Me Find a Job

Get Hired Fast - help me find a job“How does my resume help me find a job?” You may ask. Your resume is your introduction to potential employers. However, most employers get hundreds of resumes for each open job position – how are you going to make yours stand out? Your resume should catch the attention of the human resources manager or recruiter when it crosses their desk – and not in a bad way. Here is a list of resume tips that may help keep yours out of the trash can.

1.  Flexible Resume Format

You don’t want to send the same resume to every job that you apply to. Do some research on the particular company that you are applying to and adjust your resume to emphasize that you have the skills necessary for that position.

2.  Keep It Brief

Your resume should be brief – a page or two at most. If yours is longer, you should spend some time editing it down because recruiters do not want to wade through pages of information while they try to figure out if you are a good fit.

3.  Create a Career Statement

You want to add a clear and concise career statement at the beginning of your resume. This will give the recruiter a clear vision of where you have been and where you want to go with your career.

4.  List Only Relevant Jobs

Don’t list every job you ever had if it does not relate to the position you are applying for. A dog walking job in high school may not be important if you are applying for an accounting job after college.

5.  Explain Any Gaps

You should proactively note any gaps in your resume and explain what you were doing with your time. If you skip this step, potential employers may think you are trying to hide something from them.

6.  Include Keywords from Job Ads

When you research potential employers, you should make note of important keywords that are used on the website and in the job posting. Try to incorporate these words into your resume; often the recruiter may search for relevant resumes through a search and using keywords may get your information to the top of the list.

7.  Tell the Truth

Lies always come out – even if it is after you get the job. Most companies will fire you if they determine that you lied on your resume.

8.  Avoid Private Information

Do not mention marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliations on your resume. If you make the person who is reviewing your information uncomfortable, your resume may end up tossed.

9.  Change Your Contact Information if Needed

While an email address that refers to your love of snack foods or fast driving may be fun with your friends, you do not want to use that type of detail with an employer. Change your email address to a more professional one; this is pretty easy to accomplish with free email accounts like Gmail.

Tailoring your resume for the situation may help you get that job interview. For more help with your resume, you can sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.

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