I love this topic! Resumés are something that a lot of people talk a lot about, but what do you really need to know about today’s work world and what really works? I see a good amount of blogs, books, and videos from people who may not have the experience getting hired in this economy, but using these principles and my 11 necessities for landing a job, I have been hired at 8 different companies in the last 5 years, all in a bad economy. The info I am sharing with you works, because I have done it!
Let’s start by debunking some myths about your resumé.
First, I have heard people say that your resumé is not that important. It’s more about the interview. Wrong! You have to remember that for 90% of the jobs you apply for, your resumé is the ONLY thing the recruiter/hirer will ever know about you. They will not know it about you unless it is on your resumé!
Also, Your resumé is the very first thing a recruiter will ever see of you, and if it is poorly done or unprofessional, you have no chance of getting hired. Make sure the grammar is correct, no spelling errors, and really do your best to list all relevant experience and work history you can.
Secondly, I’ve heard a resumé should only be 1 page long. Garbage! This could be the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. Sending a recruiter a 1 page resumé is like going out on a blind date with a girl, and marrying her in a drive through chapel. You know almost nothing about her, but it’s probably safe to assume she isn’t an axe murderer or that she sacrifices cats to mother nature, so I’m sure it will be fine, right? Wrong! That’s a horrible idea. Sending a 1 page resumé makes the recruiter do exactly that with you. They have to decide to take the time and energy to interview you based on very little information, and most likely they will not do it. I want to give the recruiter as much possible information as I can before they make the decision of who they want to interview. My resumé is 4 pages long, and has every detail of what I have done since high school. Some people think that’s a bad idea, but I have had zero issues landing a job my entire career. Make a longer resumé, it will help you!
Third, I have heard that your resumé needs to be a plain word document. No way! Have you ever considered taking your resumé and converting it into a Keynote or Prezi Presentation? Have you ever recorded a video resumé to email to job postings? A great idea I recommend is to make a Prezi presentation with your voice overlaid, and record it into a Youtube video that you can email over to job applications. This is new, creative, and can definitely get a recruiter’s attention! I still recommend you have a basic resumé (Word or Pages document) for when you need it, but feel free to think outside the box. This has worked for many people recently and it could work for you!
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