Are you struggling with how to compose your resume? Do you have trouble
featuring your experience and accomplishments in the best way? The
following points will help you get started and keep going until you
reach your goal, the job you are seeking.
- Start with the end result in mind. Your goal should be to get
an interview with one of the companies you would like to work for.
that first interview your resume will be the beginning and focus
of the discussion.
- Be aware of the processes involved in today’s
recruiting environment. The traditional paper resume is now often
handled electronically and
pre-screened by a computer program. E-mails with attachments are
rapidly replacing the phone and fax routine.
- Brush up on current resume trends.
Lots of books and software, such as Resume Maker, are available
at bookstores and from the library.
- Keep in mind that the resume, cover
letter, broadcast letter, etc. are all marketing tools. You are
advertising a commodity which is you.
Your training, abilities, skills and experience are what the employers
are shopping for. Employers base decision upon intuition and emotion
as well as facts and figures. They need to be sold.
- Start with an
outline, based upon the resume format which suits your situation
best, if you are stuck and writer’s block is keeping
you from getting the words on paper. Work on the easiest parts
first such as previous employment information. Momentum will build
resume begins to come together. Before you know it you will be
typos and sentence structure.
- Begin sending resumes to the companies
highest on your list of places you would like to work. If they
are currently advertising an opening-
great. If not, still let them know that you are qualified, interested
- Keep a routine going, whether you are between jobs
or just exploring other employment opportunities. Record your progress.
It may seem like
nothing is being accomplished but when you check your progress
you will see that you have effectively marketed yourself to a number
- Don’t get discouraged. Keep in mind it doesn’t
matter how many no thank you responses you get. You only need one
says, welcome aboard. Having two or three interested employers gives
luxury of being selective.
- Keep a balanced perspective. A job search
can be a frustrating and time consuming routine. A little diversion
keeps the spirits up. Rent
a movie, visit with friends, walk the dog. Staying fresh and
optimistic improves your chances for success.
- Maintain contact with the companies
you are pursuing. The hiring process may take the company many
weeks or more to complete. They may
not have had an opening when you first sent out your resume,
but now a position has opened up and they have a need to fill it