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5 Ways to Give Your Resume New Life

December 15th, 2011

Did you know that it is not necessary to redo your entire resume?  Instead, it is a good idea to freshen it up from time to time. Doing so will improve your chances of being hired since the information contained on the resume may offer more recent information about you. By taking a few minutes to refresh your resume, you could spark new opportunities for your future.

Resume Updates to Focus On

If you are ready to give your resume a fresh new look (to capture the right kind of attention from recruiters) there are a few specific places to start. Though some resumes do require rewriting to keep them up-to-date, the following tips will aid in a quick update

  1. Add in anything that you’ve been doing recently at the bottom of your resume. For example, if you’ve attended a workshop or received professional training, this is the place to add it. Ensure anything new and not on the resume is added in.
  2. Get rid of anything that’s not relevant or no longer true. Look through your resume and ask yourself if each entry into it provides something in line with your career or application goals. If not – omit it
  3. Keep your current job, or your most important job, the most detailed on the resume. If your first job doesn’t really fit in to your career goals, edit that portion of the resume down. Ensure that your current job is getting all of the attention it needs. Update your resume to include any new tasks or accomplishments at your current position as well.
  4. Does your resume look modern, clean and organized? If not, it may be time to give it a new look overall. Use a different resume format that focuses on what’s most valuable to a potential employer. Then, make sure your resume is available in various formats, including a printed version, a .doc and a PDF file.
  5. Edit and proofread the resume. Anytime there are any changes to a resume, go back and read them a few hours later. You want to ensure no errors exist in the content that could keep you from landing that big job. You may also want to ask a friend to look over the resume for any potential errors.

Re-doing a resume may mean you get a fresh perspective on your career options. You may realize you need a bit more training or that you could add a bit more detail about the things you do each day. By creating a resume that’s current and structured for the types of positions you are applying for today, you are more likely to land the position you are looking for in the long term.

For those still handing out that old, tired resume, do not expect to get call backs frequently. Ensure that each time you hand your resume to a potential client, it presents the best you can offer to the potential employer. If you need some guidance concerning your resume, look to the career experts at Concorde Personnel.

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Use Personal Branding to Land Your Dream Job

July 15th, 2011

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As a job seeker, you already know that it’s getting harder than ever to land an interview, let alone a great job. It seems like the candidate pool gets deeper, while the jobs get fewer and far between. How can you rise above the raging sea of candidates who are competing for the same jobs as you? Along with a killer resume, your best bet is to use branding to create a positive image of yourself that will grab the attention of hiring managers!

The most successful advertising companies and online marketers have been using branding ever since the first corporate logo was invented. Consider how brands used by big companies easily sway consumer behavior, and you can apply the same principles to your job search. The trick is knowing how to do this the right way.

Here are some easy ways to brand yourself as a top candidate and land your dream job sooner! 

Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles

One of the biggest mistakes many job seekers make is using their social media profiles like Facebook, twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn purely for socializing and games. What you may not realize is that hiring managers frequently research job candidates via these public networks. So, if you have a personal Facebook page that includes embarrassing pictures from college parties, get in there and delete them. Then create branded social media pages that include your contact information, keywords about the type of work you are looking for, and a professional headshot picture of you dressed in a nice office suit. Do this consistently across all channels for a clean, branded image.

Create a Job Seeker Blog or Website

Another easy way to brand yourself as a job seeker is to put your resume and information online with a professional looking blog or website. Many job seekers are paying big bucks for a company to do this for them, but this is simply not necessary if you have basic technology skills. WordPress is a nice starter blog, with professional themes you can use to create a branded image. Include your photo headshot, your resume and accomplishments, and links to anything you have published online that relate to your job search. For security sake, leave your personal information off the blog or website, such as home address, social security number and birthdate. Use this blog to talk about your job search efforts and your career interests.

Use a Branded Email Address

Something that many job seekers don’t realize is that cutesy or racy email addresses don’t give a very favorable impression with hiring managers. Stay away from email addresses like sexyman@ or littlegirl@ for example, which only make you look immature to recruiters. Instead, select a branded email address, which speaks about you as a job candidate and your career aspirations. This may seem like a minor thing, but it actually can bolster you up when sending out resumes to the companies you want to work for. Take it from someone who is on the other side of the hiring desk – email addresses do matter!

To land your dream job, very often you’ll have to think outside the box and come up with creative ways to get in front of the right people. Use branding as a tool for doing just that and you will attract recruiters from the best industries.

 

For more support and resources for job seekers, please visit The Concorde Group website and stop by our job candidates’ page http://www.concordepersonnel.com/candidates

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