Best Resume Practices
Job hunting stinks! No surprise there. A job hunt in the year 2016 is far different from 1985. Your resume is competing in an endless stock of electronic submissions for what is likely a highly competitive job market where only the few survive. Learn a few best resume practices to give you the advantage.
A traditional resume is a one page document showcasing what your potential employer might want to see. The primary goal is to help your that hiring manager decide whether you have the basic skills or knowledge for the listed job opening. Pretending to be someone you are not is not a wise decision. Yes, I realize money is tight and desperate times call for desperate measures but try to see beyond the paycheck. Over the long term, you do not want to be in a job that does not interest you do not belong.
The resume is certainly an advertisement for your best version of the professional you. If your advertisement is better than the competing ads then you get more attention. That attention only goes so far. Ethics in advertising rules apply here. No one likes deceiving product advertisements and deceptive practices in resume writing will be met with equal amounts of hostility. Consider these best resume practices to help you get noticed in the noisy crowd:
- Use the exact advertised job title in your subject line.
- Customize the email to the job, firm, or hiring manager.
- Keep it short and simple. Consider a summary of skills near the top.