Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips

6 Ways Employers Recommend To Improve Your Resume

National survey of 600 hiring managers and human resources personnel conducted says employers spend 20 seconds to decide your fate based on what they gather from your resume. Here are some of those findings:

  1. Always have a Summary of Qualifications. To many hiring managers, the most important part of your resume is your Summary of Qualifications section. This section usually consists of 4-6 sentences that present an overview of your experience, talents, skills and work habits, and is a highly influential summation of what you bring to the job.
  2. Demonstrate results. Employers in the survey said vague, general resumes don’t cut it. Use the “action = results” formula to create a high-impact tool. This is the specific formula where you show what was achieved in past jobs, especially bottom line contributions like saving time or money.
  3. One page works best. Since most resumes are only allotted a 15-20 second review, don’t waste precious seconds by using too many pages. You forget there’s a cover letter to look at too, so consolidate your top abilities into one page. Be sure to emphasize the last 5 to 7 years, which most interest employers.
  4. Target each resume to the job title sought. “Job hunters send resumes in with no idea about the position.” Target each resume to the job title sought. Even if you qualify for several different positions, it’s better to create a different resume for each job, incorporating only the information pertinent to doing that specific job.
  5. Format matters. Your resume must catch the reader’s eye. One that is visually appealing suggests your professionalism. Do not use micro-size type, and be sure to allow for lots of white space and borders. Make use of italicizing, CAPITALS, underlining, bolding, indentations, and bullets to emphasize important points.
  6. Avoid spelling mistakes. Many HR person said: “I stop reading when I find spelling mistakes.” Perfection is a necessity. Don’t trust computer spell checkers. Don’t use “I” in your resume. Instead, start each sentence with an action verb. Descriptive action verbs – such as established, analyzed, implemented, created, streamlined, organized – add power to your sentences. And don’t include personal information about marital status, gender, height, weight, or health since it’s an outdated style and violates discrimination laws.

Interview Tips

The Top 10 Questions Most Often Asked by Interviewers

To be prepared for an interview it is helpful to have an understanding of the questions you may be asked and to have prepared answers for them.

  1. Which supervisors have you found easiest to work with and which have been most difficult?(This is to judge your adaptability)
  2. What did you like best and least about your previous job?(For checking your administration and managerial skills)
  3. Have you ever had to get a point across to different types of people? Give me an example and tell me what approach did you take?(Finding out about your communication skills)
  4. Describe a work-related problem you had to face recently. What did you do to deal with it?(Decision making skills tested)
  5. Give me an example of a time you did more than what was required in your job.(Seeking initiative)
  6. Give me an example of a time you found it necessary to make an exception to the rules in order to get something done.(How is your integrity?)
  7. What was the best decision you ever made? What were the alternatives? How did you go about making it?(Checking your judgment)
  8. Tell me about a time you had to gain the cooperation of a group over which you had little or no authority. What did you do? How effective were you?(Your Leadership quality)
  9. Have you ever had trouble learning a new method or procedure? How did you deal with that situation?(Investigating your learning ability)
  10. Tell me about a problem you have had that would affect more than one department. How did you try to solve it?(For organizational cooperation)

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