Finding a job you want is hard enough, but that’s only the beginning. Once you’ve targeted an opening, you must create a good resume that will help you get an interview.
Well, not only can you use PennySaverUSA.com to help you in finding a job, we are also here to help you with your résumé.
In order to get to this point when finding a job, you must have a good résumé.
No matter how experienced or qualified you are, a lousy résumé can eliminate you from consideration before you get a chance to prove yourself. That said, having an outstanding resume still does not guarantee you will receive a call back, but it certainly gives you an advantage.
By following these simple steps, you can craft a resume worthy of a response:
1. Keep your contact information current.
PennySaverUSA Human Resources Manager Nancy Haupenthal says providing an incorrect phone number or email address is the quickest way to get eliminated from consideration. Employers receive so many resumes these days and have so many applicants for each job; the odds of them tracking you down if your resume has the wrong contact information are low.
2. Use spell-checker and have someone you trust proofread your résumé.
Haupenthal admitted she is “amazed and shocked” by the misspelled words she sees in resumes. She says it indicates a lack of care and attention and will promptly move on to the next résumé if she notices multiple misspellings. And she isn’t alone. According to the book Top Notch Executive Resumes, misspellings annoy hiring managers more than just about anything else. Not something you want to do when finding a job.
3. Make your resume easy to read and creative.
It is extremely important to make sure your résumé is formatted in such a way that is easy to read. Using thin margins a tiny font or pretty much anything that makes a résumé hard on the eyes is often cause for immediate rejection. Haupenthal also recommends being unique with your objective statement and bio. Avoid overly bland and formulaic messaging.
4. Be honest and accurate.
While it might seem to be beneficial to lie or mislead on your résumé in order to make yourself look better, it typically comes back to bite you. Haupenthal says one of the most frustrating issues she encounters is when she brings in an applicant for an interview, and finds the resume was inaccurate. Not only will this prevent you from getting the job, it can also harm your reputation. The last thing you need when finding a job is to tarnish your name among hiring managers.
5. Pick the right experiences to highlight.
Ideally, résumés would be one page long, but with job-hopping so common these days, two pages is fine. You do not want to go beyond two, however. In order to keep it the right length, you will want to be discerning in which experiences you highlight. If you had a job 15 years ago that has no bearing on your current career goals, it might not be necessary to include. Also don’t be afraid to include non-traditional employment such as volunteering jobs, if relevant.
Do your best to follow those steps, and you should be on your way to having a great resume and finding a job. If you have any more questions, please leave them in our comments and we will get back to you as soon as possible.