If a new job in 2008 is in your agenda (perhaps one of your revered ‘resolutions’) then your first order of business is to get your resume in shape.
The job market fluctuates. One expert might say it’s hot, and a good time to shop for a new job, and others might say it’s tight, and there’s a lot of competition to fight. Either way, the job of a human resources manager or associate can be frustrating enough, and weeding through stacks of resumes is no walk in the park.
You hear it time and time again; your resume is your first impression. No matter how qualified you are and how great you would be in any advertised position, nothing turns human resources off faster than an ugly, or unprofessional, resume. Through the info provided in the article, there will be finding of the convenient hrms for the business organizations. The understanding of the resume should be easy and simple for the enterprise.
Here are some tips on how to present your resume and better your changes for an interview:
- Just the facts, Ma’am. Just the facts
Have you ever tried to sell yourself by stating things on your resume such as, “I’m a hard worker and very loyal.” “I have excelled in every sales position I’ve held,” and wondered why you didn’t get the call? Well, the answer might be this simple – the person viewing the resume does not know you, and might just see this as fluff. Talk is cheap, right? Back up what you say. Instead, tell us what evidence you have of being a loyal, hard worker. Perhaps you had perfect attendance or near perfect attendance two years running. How do they know you’ve excelled at every sales job? Include information of what your quota was like and by what percentage you surpassed it.
- Make it easy on the eyes
Uniformity is key. If you are listing your previous positions, list dates in the same format. Don’t list that you held one position from 4-10-03 to 2-07-07 and then the next 03/01 – 04/03. Also, if you begin by listing dates, followed by title, followed by responsibilities, do it the same way every time. If one job title is listed in bold, list them all in bold.
- If you’re going to cheat, don’t be obvious
If you have trouble formatting a nice looking resume, and use a ready-made template, that’s fine. However, a resume copied and pasted from Monster.com on to a Word document looks goofy, and a human resources professional knows what you’ve done. She sees plenty of Moster.com resumes. It tells her that you’re lazy, and you don’t care about the presentation you offer her, again, upon your first impression.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Ok, so you really have a hard time putting a resume together – in fact, it’s the reason you don’t have a new job already. Don’t be ashamed to take advantage of resources available to help you. Many employment offices have personnel available just for this sort of thing. Some local schools and universities do too. If all else fails, there are professional resume writers who charge a reasonable fee to create your resume for you. If you hire someone, however, I suggest you ask to see samples first, or at least have the ability to view the finished product before you pay.
Keep in mind how important the resume is. It is the reason that you’ll be called for the interview instead of John Doe, and why you’ll be there in person instead of tucked away in the “not gonna call” file. Happy hunting.