Creating A Resume:

A Resume or an Application form consists of two kinds of information, Facts about yourself and facts about the job you want. With this information, youcan present the facts about yourself in terms of the job. With a resume--you can put your best points first and avoid blanks while on application forms, you can describe your qualifications in terms of the job's duties.

Facts About you:-

Begin by assembling information about yourself. Some items appear on virtually every resume or application form, including the following:

  • Current address and phone number-- Try to give an alternative phone number of a friend or relative who will take messages for you.
  • Job sought or career goal.
  • Experience (paid and volunteer) -- date of employment, name and full address of the employer, job title, starting and finishing salary, and reason for leaving (moving, returning to school, and seeking a better position are among the readily accepted reasons).
  • Education--the school's name, the city in which it is located, the years you attended it, the diploma or certificate you earned, and the course of studies you pursued.
  • Other qualifications--hobbies, organizations you belong to, honors you have received, and leadership positions you have held.

Facts about the Job:

Next, gather specific information about the jobs you are applying for. You need to know the pay range (so you can make their top your bottom), education and experience usually required, hours and shifts usually worked. Most importantly, you need to know the job duties (so that you can describe your experience in terms. of those duties). Study the job description. Some job announcements, especially those issued by a government, even have a checklist that assigns a numerical weight to different qualifications so that you can be certain as to which is the most important; looking at such announcements will give you an idea of what employers look for even if you do not wish to apply for a government job. If the announcement or ad is vague, call the employer to learn what is sought.

A few mistakes to avoid:

1. Your resume shouldn’t be about what you are looking for in your next job opportunity, but instead how your skills and background can fill a void at an organization. For example, don’t state in an objective that you are looking to utilize your education and experience to grow within a company. This is a very self-serving statement and doesn’t provide the hiring manager with insight as to why they should hire you.

2.Check your email address. Your email address says a lot about you. Some addresses reveal more then what a hiring manager would ever want to know. I’m sure you want your friends and family to know you as hotmama166, but do you want your future employer to know you that way. Create a new email address specifically for your job search. When doing so, keep it simple and professional.

3. Don’t undersell yourself. Spend time thinking of all the tasks and responsibilities you had at your previous jobs. It may be something you only did monthly, but that experience could be relevant to a prospective employer.

4.Use action words. You can make any sentence pop by adding a power or action word. For example you could state that you file documents or you could state you accurately and systematically file confidential information.

5.Don’t include pictures or personal information. A guaranteed way to get your resume tossed aside is if you include a picture with your resume. Even if your picture is professional, which the majority of the ones I see are not, it shows a lack of judgment on the job seekers behalf. Leave the pictures for your online profiles. Also, do not include anywhere in your document your personal interests. Knowing that you like to fish with your family has no relevance on your professional future and may even cause an employer to negatively judge you.

6.Quantify your successes. Nothing stands out more than numbers. For instance, which candidate would you choose; someone who states they have customer service experience or someone with over 12 years of progressive growth in customer service? If possible, try to back up your success with numbers.