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How to Write a Resume that will get you
Interviews and a Job
The resume is primarily a means to sell your
capabilities and services. It is quite unlike a
Curriculum Vitae, the chronological list of work
and education experiences preferred in Europe and the Far
East. The Resume provides details of your skills
and experiences to a potential employer so that
he can see, in a short summary, how your skills
are relevant to the potential job and how you could
contribute something of value in your future
resume is your advertising and selling tool.You
might fulfill all the requirements for a specific
position, but your resume fails,
if the employer does not, on the basis of what he
sees on it, immediately conclude that you are the
person for the job. Remember,
your first priority is to
create a resume that attracts the readers
immediate attention. The
initial twenty seconds will decide whether it
ends up in the "under consideration" or
the "rejected" file.
most effective resumes are
focused specifically on a job
and address the potential employer's stated
requirements for the position. The more
you know about the duties and skills the job
demands the better you can organize your resume
around these requirements and the more effective
the resume will be.
Some Key Points
resume is about the next job you want to get and
your past achievements are only important within
that context. Try to remain relevant,
when you talk about your past achievement. This
is especially important when you describe your past jobs.
Keep it short and stay clear of repeating job
descriptions. Instead, write what
you achieved in that job. If there are
aspect of your past jobs that you did not like, don't
write about them. Stress the elements that you
liked and, presumably, were good at in your past jobs.
But, again, remain relevant with those and only
use them if the qualities or experiences are asked for in
the job you are applying to. Don't lie
in your resume. There is a narrow line between
stretching the truth and lying!
Importance of Information about the Job you apply for
Hence, the primary requirement for
writing a good resume is information about the job on
offer. It is not enough to regurgitate what you
have done in the past, since that information, with all
its accomplishments, skills and experiences is only
relevant within the requirements of the position
for which you want to be considered.The more you
know about the job and the employer the more likely you
can "cut the cloth to the right size" and
create a resume that explains how you
will be an asset for your future employer
within the job he offers.
The choice of the right resume
format is important, when applying for a job.Exhibiting
the right characteristics and skills mix in the right
format, may attract the immediate interest of the human
resources, or functional manager, reading it. There are
four basic styles, three of them are most commonly used
within the USA and Canada, the fourth one, is the
European Curriculum Vitae. For more details, click on the
one, that you are looking for.
Resume - see an
the most liked by employers, because it
is simple to read and evaluate.
European Style Curriculum Vitae
style CV is quite different from a short
resume. It is far more extensive in terms of
personal and work history information (usually 2
to 4 pages long)
If you are looking
for a job internationally, the CV is the style
you need, if you want
your submission to be read by executive
recruiters, and employers.
Resume - see an
your past work experience under skill
heading. This is only recommended if you
have a problematic work history.
Chrono-Functional Combination Resume (chronological
resume with functional subheadings)
work history with subheadings that highlight your
skills. This format is also liked by
employers, because it combines the best of the
Which of those resumes you use depends on
the individual circumstances. If you are unsure, go to the individual
pages and read the reasons for the right choice.
resume is the "best" format and what is
preferred by employers?
format is most liked by employers. This is
closely followed by the chrono-functional
combination resume. As a general rule,
recruiters and employers tend to be more suspicious of
job applications using the functional format.
It is much easier to make exaggerated claims about job
achievements in a functional format.
ways to address these concerns. You can clearly link each
achievement you claim to a job title and a specific job
listed in your work history or another section
that gives information on dates and places.
resume takes some time and should be dome with some
preparation. You want to get the job and there are
hundreds of more or less equally qualified people out
there, that want to do the same. So your first task is
getting the human resources manager to invite you to an
interview. Below are some points that will help you with the
content of your resume and its format.
There are also important
points about your cover letter, which you can get here.
the Purpose of the Resume
Purpose of the Resume is, In the first instance, to
be considered suitable and be called for an
your Strengths and show your Technical and
important to show your relevant technical
and personal qualities and strengths to
a future employer. The emphasis
here is on "relevant". Therefore,
read the job description and advertisement well,
so that you keep the qualities you offer relevant
to the job! Back up your qualities with
achievements that show them in
the right context. Do not exaggerate
your abilities, but show the ones you have!
the right Title for the Positions you held
general and "wishy-washy". Each
job has a title, use it in a relevant
way, when describing your past duties and jobs.
the most important points first!
the important points (qualities,
experience, training, leadership, responsibility,
etc) that are relevant to the job offered
first. Health Care jobs, probably more
than most other jobs are defined by a mix of
technical ability, human emotional strength and
team work. Show how you can excel in all of
those, within the job on offer!
and describe your professional Goal
short and to the point and only describe what is
relevant within the job on offer. Be
specific, not vague, but remain relevant!
the benefits of your skills to your work and the
employer will want to know how your technical
ability and your experience will be relevant to
the job offered. The mere fact that you
have these abilities is not enough.
in your resume what you have achieved
within the responsibilities given to you in your
former jobs. Just listing responsibilities will
not be enough.
individual resumes for each job application.
Having a "general or generic resume"
will be helpful for that. But you have to
individualize each resume you submit so that it
reflects what you bring to the job.
not include irrelevant information in your
resume. In the USA/Canada things like
your political affiliation, religion and sexual
preference are not normally included in a resume.
Even age is not seen as relevant, nor is your
marital status, or country of citizenship (except
for certain government jobs).
CV's will require you to state your age,
marital status, country of citizenship, but never
your religion, political affiliation or sexual
sound negative about former employers,
whether in your resume, nor in your interview.
Don't state what you disliked to do in your job.
of Name and Contact Details
your name and your contact details clearly on the
top of your resume. Repeat the name and
the e-mail or phone on the top of the second
If you have a name that can be
used by either male or female, make sure that you
state Mr. or Ms., where you have your name.
If you have a foreign name, identifying gender is
not state the obvious
stating obvious facts, like
"available for interview" or
"references on request". If
you would not be interested in an interview or in
giving references, you would not apply for the
|List all your
continuously worked for the same company for a
considerable time, list all the different
positions and roles that you had
separately. You probably had different
responsibilities and developed different skills
on each role, so the employer will like to know
it. If space is an issue in your resume,
give less detail on positions you held further
back in time, or, if they have less relevance to
the job you apply for
a complete Listing of your Work Experience.
all the relevant Jobs you have held, but
unless it is your first job after university, or
it is functionally relevant, don't mention that
you "flipped Hamburgers" or worked in a
dry cleaning as a summer job!
List Activities that are relevant to the Job
list your hobbies or even involvement in civic
affairs. Unless, obviously, it has a
direct relevance to the job you apply for. But
otherwise, being a Deacon in your Church does not
interest the employer.
use of Slang or Professional Jargon in your
use slang of professional jargon in your resume.
The Human Resources Manager may only have a
passing acquaintance with your professional
terminology, and he will be the first one to see
just as important as content. A poorly formatted resume
is very unlikely read. Format shows attention to detail.
If you don't do that, you are also unlikely to fit the
job where attention to detail is important.
visual and people almost always react to visual
stimulation. If something looks nice and attractive it
has appeal and that is winning a substantial part of the
Attention to the Format, Type
face and general layout
that your have a layout which is easy to
read and well organized. Use a font
(type face) that is large enough (10-12 point,
depending on the font) and see that your layout
keeps sufficient "white space". The
best fonts are probably Ariel, Times Roman,
Helvetica or Verdana. Refrain from using
exotic fonts! They usually end up in the waste
Remember your resume
should not exceed 2 pages. Do not use
capital letters to emphasize something
in the script of your resume (except where it is
key is to communicate the message that you are
suitable for the job offered!
"bullets" to emphasize something in
long and boring text paragraphs.
Personnel Managers (Human resource managers) like
to read short and relevant paragraphs, because
they have lots of applicants to consider.
- Keep your sentences short,
- to the point
- Do not fill the whole page
with text. White space
between the words, lines and paragraphs
will improve the legibility of your
include or attach pictures to your
resume, unless it is a requirement for that job.
paper version of the resume, use good
white paper and a good quality laser printer.
Do not use color paper or paper with printed
standard format such as .doc or .pdf or simply
text (.txt or .rtf) Remember most Human
Resource Managers or employers will not even
attempt to open other documents.
the Resume several times
resume with mistakes will almost always end up in
the wastepaper basket. Therefore, the
importance of proof-reading your resume cannot be
- If English is your second
language, have someone whose first
language is English, proof your resume
and cover letter.
- A single typo can cost you
the chance of the job.
- An uncommon English
formulation will reduce your chances of
getting an interview, let alone the job.
someone Review your Resume
you think about your resume, before you send it
out, get a second and third opinion about it.
When you work too long on your resume, you will
not see your own mistakes. Another person will be
in a better position, to evaluate the overall
quality of your resume and maybe make some
there is not "one way" that is
absolutely the correct method to write a resume. But
there are better and worse ways to do that. Some things
are really important, others are more peripheral. The
goal of the resume is that you get an interview which
will ultimately result in you being offered the job. The
more you know about "what and why", the better
a product, you will create. That is why reading some
books on the topic will be helpful.
essential Books from amazon.com
We thought long and hard about this
question! After all, "everyone can write a
resume". So, why use someone else, who is not
familiar with your particular circumstances and who does
not know your ambitions, job wise? Maybe, the answer is
in this very sentence: In your own eagerness to present
yourself in the best possible light to a future employer,
you overlook what the employer sees, or wants to see from
you! You present, in your resume, what you want, rather
than what the employer requires or what he is looking
A professional resume writer
is not the prisoner of his own representation.
He or she looks at the task of writing a resume in a
neutral fashion, dispassionate and with distance to your
own past. As a consequence, that resume writer might see
strengths and weaknesses that are not seen as important
by you. The distance creates a balanced picture of
Most people argue that each resume has to be
written as a response to a specific job, because only
some of the things, you might offer, will be useful in
that job. Therefore, the resume as a response to a job
vacancy, has to be tailor-made. That is
absolutely correct! However, if you start off
with a well written generic resume that projects your
abilities and your strengths, while it puts your
weaknesses somewhat in the background, you are
starting out with an advantage.
A Resume Appraiser, as
opposed to a writer, will look at you resume and
recommend, if required, changes. There are numerous free
sites for that, but you have to remember that the
business of the appraiser comes from resume writing and
the free appraisal is one way to get clients. That does
not reduce their usefulness in creating a good resume,
but you have to be aware of it.
There are a number of sites offering Resume
Writing Services. JobLine
International also has a team of highly
experienced resume writers, that offer resume and Cover
letter writing. Below is a comparative analysis of some
of the services offered on the net. Click on the names on
the far left, if you want to know more. Prices may vary
from time to time.
Specialist Resume Writing Services
||We have a resume writing Service
that offers a written resume sent to you by
e-mail based on your data, plus a generic Cover
Letter (or specific, if you want that) . Turn
around is usually 24-72 hours. MS Word format or
html. Special services such as translations or
the writing of a Curriculum Vitae
($249.00) are also available.
||This services offers a variety of
specialist resume products including updates,
thank you letters, interview coaching and
employment testing. Recommended!
||By providing powerful, distinctive
resumes that consistently win interviews, our
hand-picked team of certified resume writers have
helped thousands of clients articulate their
qualifications and land jobs at the nation's top
employers, from Microsoft, Cisco, and Goldman
Sachs to McKinsey, AT&T, and the federal
government. Price Range varies with importance of
||Monster is not only a large job
board, but also offers a variety of support
services for job seekers. One of them is Resume
editing ($119) and Resume writing (from $215) .
In their own words: We know what employers want.
We market your strengths to edge out the
competition. We tailor your resume to meet your
specific needs. Recommended!
We have had direct experience with
the above services we recommend. Other services
are by no means inferior, but we have not had any direct
experience with them.
companies provide forms for their
applications, so that you do not have to
create a resume or CV. This is more common in the USA
than in Europe. Below is a site that provides such forms
for a large number of different jobs and companies.
and Form Resume creation site
hundreds of online applications and printable job
We will edit your existing resume and a
specific cover letter. You send us your resume and cover
letter by e-mail and we will edit it to help it along,
and make it appropriate to the job you apply. Obviously,
we will need a short description of the job as well (we
do not need the employers name, but the country location
would be useful, since resume and cover letters can be
different from one country to another).
Please send the supporting material (resume,
cover letter, short description of job applied for) to
the email address you will be given after payment in
the order acknowledgement. We will normally edit your
resume/cover letter within 72 hours.
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Books from amazon.com
Internet has become an extremely popular place to post
your resume and also for employers to find suitable
candidates. There are a number of services that
offer to post your resume on 50 to 100 sites for a small
fee. This is obviously helpful, because,
everything else being equal, timing the posting
of your resume, is the key to finding a job quickly.
With domestic, in the USA/Canada based jobs, many
recruiting managers post over the weekend, so when they
come into the office on Monday morning, they have already
received responses to their posting. Most employers and
recruiters review these submissions in the order in which
they receive them. If, on first evaluation, the recruiter
finds between 4 and 8 suitable candidates, he will look
is where resume posting services become useful. You
submit your resume to them and they then supply employers
and job boards with your details.