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Quick Tips to Get Your Resume In Order & Activate Your Job Search

June 16, 2020

The world is slowly reopening and if you find yourself on the job search being organized, proactive, and following a process will help you settle into your hunt and be productive. We’re going to release a series of tips in the coming weeks intended to help you create a process and feel confident and secure in what you’re doing in your job search.

These tips focus on making sure your resume is ready.

1. Your contact information – make sure it’s easy for the reader of your resume to find your name (if you go by Bob instead of Robert, then address yourself as Bob), your email address (a professional looking email address helps too, for example [email protected]), your mobile phone, and the City / State / Zip you live in. If you don’t want to put your full address down at least including City / State / Zip helps the employer know where you’re located.

2. Personal Statement / Summary statement – being concise and compelling is a good idea to have in mind. Use this space to share your professional identity and what makes it a great fit for the jobs you’re pursuing.

3. Professional Skills & Software Expertise – a tight, bulleted list of the your most core expertise in your work and then also inclusion of your software expertise and skill level is very useful. You’re wanting to make it as easy as possible for your reader to see that you’ve got exactly what the position requires.

4. Work Experience – following the same idea as described above, a clean and straight forward description of your accomplishments and your responsibilities as well as any honors / awards / distinctions will give the reader what he needs to know. Make sure you use exact job titles and employment dates.

5. Education & Certifications – it’s important to include your highest level of education completed and any certifications you earned.

6. References – if you have 3 people who you can include as professional references and you know they’ll pick up the phone for you, include them in your resume with name / relationship / email address / phone number. Also gives these people a heads up so they’re not blind-sided if someone calls for a reference.

7. Cover Letter / Introductory Letter – some people read them, some people don’t. Including one with your application to a job is a good idea. It shows effort. It gives you a chance to specifically say, “I want to join your company and I have the right experience.” That’s an invitation for your reader to open up your resume file and see the proof that you are a good fit. Being brief and specific to that company and job is key. Nobody reads a generic cover letter.

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