Do you intend to find a better job? Are you continually being outdone by people who may not be as skilled as you? Nowadays, it is less about who is most suitable for the position, and more about who is most prepared for the interview. During the interview, being ready and able to communicate one's value and worth is also essential. One of the most critical pieces of job seeking skills, yet highly overlooked, is this.
Even if you are better suited to the job, if you don't have this skill and one of your competitors does, you could easily lose out. If their resumé is professionally produced and formatted, this is even more likely.
Job hunters often mistakenly assume that potential employers can easily differentiate between highly qualified and less qualified applicants. Considering that you will be competing with hundreds, possibly thousands of other job seekers, your chances of being successful are significantly reduced. Realising the reality that your potential employer likely has a 'screening' process designed to reject as many applicants as possible before actually taking a look at who is suitable, it is evident that something must be done to make you stand out.
Only 5% of job seekers invest in a professional, high quality resumé. If your resumé stands out amongst all the potentially qualified applicants, do you think your chances of being selected might increase exponentially?
If you have been chosen to participate in the interview process, it is now your responsibility to demonstrate to the potential employer that you are not only the most qualified candidate but also capable, willing, and eager to do the job to the best of your abilities.
The quality of your resumé will determine who gets a job interview, and every potential employer will want to see it. Your resumé is essentially a sales brochure about yourself. The potential employer, after reading your resumé, should have a better understanding of your identity and how you may fit the advertised role. The purpose of it is to allow the employer to become more familiar with you, so that hopefully they can determine if they would like to learn more about you.
The first step is the resumé. This is your introduction to an employer, providing them with their first impression of you. It is essential that one make a good first impression! If you do not make a good first impression, you will not be able to participate in the job interview process. Make the most of the first chance you get, as you will never get a second chance to make a first impression.
All of the hard work for developing a high quality professional resumé has been done for you, which is the best part. You don't need to change the general formatting of your resumé since almost all high quality resumés will follow the same one. Ultimately, there is no benefit to reinventing the wheel. You want a resumé that is bold, exciting, and enticing yet still somewhat conservative. It must be eye-catching yet subtle. You should demonstrate confidence in your capabilities without appearing as if you are bragging. Being eager to do the job is good, but one should not come across as desperate. In order to produce the best possible resumé, you must walk an extremely fine line. When expressing yourself, strive to use intelligent language; avoid exaggeration and abstain from utilizing uncommon words or phrases. Whenever possible, it is important to use everyday language. It is obviously necessary to use technical terms and specialised lingo when applying for a highly technical position, in order to demonstrate your familiarity with the particular profession. As a general rule, it is best to keep things simple and direct.
The word resumé comes from French and is defined as "a summary of one's education, experience, and qualifications". A resumé's purpose is thus to summarize one's experience, knowledge, skills and accomplishments. A resumé should be 1-3 pages long for summarisation purposes. Although you may have a lot to tell, try not to make your resumé any longer than necessary, as this could lead to boring the reader.
The overall appearance of your resumé is of equal importance. It's appearance will be the first thing any potential employer or personnel manager notices when evaluating your resumé. You can improve the overall appearance of your resumé by doing a number of things. If you are sending a potential employer a printed copy of your resumé, using a higher quality of paper to print it on is by far the simplest thing you can do. Select a visually appealing, higher priced quality of paper. Considering the quality of the content in the resumé is the next thing. Ensuring that the writing on your resumé looks good is of the utmost importance, so make sure to use a font that is legible and simple.
Do not put too much information on the resumé. Leave some "white space" so that important points can
appear to pop out. Do not submit a resumé with handwritten corrections under any circumstances. By using a different typeface or size, or by employing "bullet points," sections of a resumé can be highlighted. For the headings used in the separate sections of the resumé, it is advisable to use a larger font and bold if possible. You should avoid being overly flashy by utilizing various colors and adorable graphics. You only need a simple, structured, and factual resumé.
When assessing the appearance of your resumé, its accuracy should not be overlooked, last but not least. Before applying with it, make sure to use a spell checker and have someone else proofread your work. Making mistakes will not make you look good. Make sure that the grammar and punctuation are correct. To ensure that all of your columns and margins are aligned, use the 'Tab' button. Verify that all of your facts are correct and accurate. Employers may take note of any inaccuracies in your resumé and question why they are present.
If you don't wish to endure the hassle and difficulty of creating an excellent resumé, consider having one professionally produced. Wishing you the best of luck in your job search!