Your resume is like a general introduction to future employers, and it should be able to represent you in the best light before the employer meets you. This gives the employers a general idea on the person you are and what you have to offer. A great resume is the ticket to landing that job interview. On the other hand, a terrible resume will land in the garbage if the employer spots any obvious errors. So, how can you make your resume more marketable to get one step closer to landing that job?
OUTLINE YOUR RESUME.
Your resume should outline all your accomplishments, educational background, experience, and skills. Take a seat and make a list of everything you have done that to the position you are applying for. You can list your past work experience, internships, college courses, and leadership experience. Don’t overlook experience such as extracurricular activities, volunteer work, certificates, and relevant skills that may be useful to the employer such as computer skills, foreign languages, etc. Even if you don’t have a lot of work experience, now is the time to dig deeper and market yourself to make up for lack of experience.
REMEMBER THE OBJECTIVE.
Here is the real kicker when outlining your resume. Some employers prefer that an objective be completely omitted from the resume, mainly because most people are too vague and only focus on themselves and not what the company needs or wants. The objective should focus on what you can offer the company, not the other way around. Be clear, concise, and get to the point! Don’t: To get a challenging job in customer service so that I can learn more and excel in my career. Do: To obtain a position with customer service where my experience can be utilized to improve customer satisfaction and increase sales.
MECHANICS AND APPEARANCE.
One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is having numerous spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors when submitting their resume. Always use spell check, proofread, and get at least three people to critique your resume before submission to potential employers. In addition, be consistent with the fonts. Only use legible fonts like Times or Arial for both the resume and cover letter. Have hard copies of your resume printed out and have a soft copy to post on job sites and e-mail to employers. Today most employers prefer the virtual method, but there are some that prefer the old-fashioned method. It is best to format your resume both ways depending on the employer’s standards. If you are applying for your first professional job, a resume should not exceed more than one page. This is because employers already know that you are fresh out of school and are still considered entry level. They do not expect you to have a lot of experience under your belt. So, relax!
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM THE COMPETITION?
Employers want to hire someone who will exceed the requirements and bring a special skill to the table. Now is the time to put your best foot forward and be confident in your ability to sell yourself. Let the employers know that you mean business, and they can benefit from whatever it is you have to offer.
Don’t be just another applicant in that pile of resume papers on the desk. Remember, there are plenty of people applying to the same job as you are, so why are you any different? Why should this employer hire you? Do not cut yourself short, allow your resume to say great things about you!
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