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5 Ways To Improve Your Resume To Make it Great

July 30th, 2014

Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. You announce a job opening and all of a sudden your office is flooded with hundreds of resumes. It’s your job to read through each one, but they are all so bland, similar, and underwhelming that they start to run together. By the end, you can’t say for sure if the right candidate is anywhere in the pile.

If you are looking for a job, your resume is how you introduce yourself. Unfortunately, most resumes make a bad first impression. You might be the perfect person for the job, but if your resume doesn’t scream that out, there is no way for a hiring manager to pick you out of the crowd. Make sure you don’t get overlooked by including these to improve your resume every time you send out.

Be Concise

This tip is more important than any other, and it’s really more about what you shouldn’t include. The average resume only gets scanned for 30 seconds. If you can’t present the most impressive and relevant details about yourself in that amount of time, you are wasting an opportunity. Revise your resume over and over until it includes only the most essential details, and make sure that it is formatted in a way that is easy to scan and digest.

Career Objective

Why are you applying for this job? What is the number one thing that makes you qualified? What do you have to contribute specifically? A career objective summarizes all of this into a single sentence that you include at the top of your resume. Be creative, honest, and personal, and you can grab a hiring manager’s attention from the very start.

Skills and Capabilities

Too many job seekers make education and job experience the focus of their resume rather than skills and capabilities. Hiring managers don’t care what you’ve done in the past, they care what you can do in the future. Listing your experience points the focus backward. Listing your skills and capabilities points it forward.

Provable Accomplishments

All hiring managers are looking for recruits that can see a project through to the end and rise above expectations. Include any notable professional success on your resume, and be sure that they are tied to clear and verifiable metrics.

Reference Section

All resumes should have a section for references, but instead of writing out names and phone numbers, simply write “references available upon request.” Hiring managers want to know they can contact personal and professional references, but including the contact information on your resume is an unnecessary waste of space.

Even if you follow all these tips, crafting a great resume isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time, thought, revision, and frustration. But simply making the effort immediately sets you apart from a majority of other job seekers. Work with the team at The Concorde Group, and find more valuable job-seeking resources.

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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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Getting the Interview: 5 Things That Will Make Employers Ignore Your Resume

September 26th, 2011

As a job seeker, it’s generally common sense to put your best foot forward to garner positive attention from recruiters. The problem is that oftentimes candidates may do things that cause hiring managers to avoid them, without actually realizing it. If you aren’t getting the kind of responses you need from the companies you are applying for, perhaps you are doing one of the 5 things that can make employers ignore your resume?

  1. Failure to Follow Instructions – When responding to a job advertisement found on a career board or online job posting, you should really take the time to read the instructions and follow them. It’s surprising then that many candidates fail to follow this first easy step when inquiring about a job, which makes them look careless. Take the time to read the job ad and visit the company career page for more information before making this mistake.
  2. Not Qualified for the Job – You may see a job that appears to be interesting, and besides it’s with a company you’ve been dying to get on with. Before you click “apply”, read the job description and requirements before firing off your resume. Why? Because if you get in the habit of applying for jobs you are not qualified for and waste the recruiters’ time, they will ignore you on all future jobs.
  3. Generic Resume/Cover Letter –In an effort to save time, often well-meaning candidates will develop a form letter cover sheet and a generic resume, which applies to all jobs. While this may seem like an efficient way to search for work, it’s a real turn off for recruiters who can spot a cover letter or resume like this from a mile away. To avoid looking like a thoughtless job seeker, put some time into crafting an original cover letter for every job you apply to.
  4. Unprofessional Email Address – Whether you realize it or not, the email address that you use to send out your resume speaks volumes about you as a person. Avoid using an email address that sounds cute, sexy or funny. Hotman69@email.com or sweetlovergurl@email.com are NOT appropriate emails to use, nor should you use your current workplace email addresses or a friend’s email address. Instead, opt for an email address that simply states your name so the recruiters can easily track you down to call you for an interview.
  5. Over-Applying for the Same Company – You may think that sending your resume to the same company umpteen times will get the attention of a recruiter there eventually, and in fact you are right. Only, you won’t get the kind of attention you want. Instead, you will give the impression that you are highly desperate and annoying at the same time. Be careful and don’t re-apply for a company more than a few times a year.

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