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.
Keyword searches are more common than ever. If you put your resume on your social media profiles or within an email then be sure to use the exact words used in the job listing. Assistant to CEO is not the same as Assistant CEO, be sure you pay attention to detail. A custom opening or greeting shows that your message is not likely a generic resume blasted to hundreds of jobs in desperation. Just be sure you write to the correct person and the proper organization. It is common to get them confused and making this mistake will get your resume thrown to the garbage. Consider the hiring manager’s time. Hundreds of resumes in an inbox or stacked on a desk. Make your message short, put the most important skills near the top of your message where they can be found easily.
Above all else. Be honest! Be vigilant. The old assumption was that for every $10k in annual earnings takes 1 month in a job search. That means a $40k job might take you 4 months to find. Good luck. Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com are some of the most popular sites for job searches. Consider avoiding the crowd and trying less popular sights like U.S. Department of Labor. My personal favorite guide on job searches is Martin Yate’s “Knock ’em Dead”. Blog image courtesy of ¬© Iqoncept | Dreamstime.com – Best Resume Dart Hitting Board Skills Experience Reference Educa
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