March 17, 2016

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of a resume?

The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a quick advertisement of who you are. It is a “snapshot” of you with the intent of capturing and emphasizing interests and Secure you an Interview!!

What are the absolute, unbreakable rules of resume writing?

  • No typing errors
  • no misspellings
  • Don’t tell a lie or mistruth, to enhance your resume.
  • Don’t include any negative information in your resume.

What are the 5 components of the work experience on your resume?

job title, name of employer, dates of employment,  location & job description

What about “breakable rules” of resume writing?

  • A resume must not exceed one page
  • Include as much contact information as possible on your resume
  • To keep your resume to one page, do not decrease your resume font size so it is barely legible, nor narrow your margins so that your resume is crammed with type!  It’s always preferable to go to a second page rather than make your resume cramped and unreadable.

What should not be included in your resume?

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex, Race, Heath
  • Social Security Number (except for international resumes)
  • Reasons for leaving previous position
  • Picture of yourself
  • the title “Resume”
  • Religion, Religious Affiliation
  • Salary Information

What type of words should you use when writing your resume?

ACTION WORDS!!

Examples of action words are

  • Organized
  • Directed
  • Planned
  • Initiated
  • Created
  • Communicated
  • Managed
  • Analyzed
  • Assisted
  • Developed

 

Do I need more than one version of my resume?

Yes, you always need more than one version of your resume.  Sometimes your resume has to be tailored to fit the particular position you are applying for.  You may have all these skill sets, but you are going to position them differently on your Resume for each application. Why? Each employer will be looking for key phrases/words and you don’t want to bury those somewhere in the Resume or risk not including them at all.  Your chances off gaining employment are maximized.

What are the most important aspects of a resume, and how can I remember them?

A common resume has a summary and/or objective, skills, education and experience.  The best way to remember this aspects of a resume is to keep an hardcopy of your resume. an electronic copy and you can always jot down notes in a journal.

Why do I need a LinkedIn® Profile?

If you’re actively looking for a new job, a resume can get you in the door—but an expertly written LinkedIn® Profile can help you close the deal. Many recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn® to help them decide who makes the cut for initial or second interviews. If you’re not actively looking for a new job but are open to opportunities at other companies, a current LinkedIn® Profile helps headhunters and potential employers target and find you. If you are investing in a new resume, you definitely want an updated LinkedIn® Profile to give you an edge!

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