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Quick Resume Tips
- Always start with a format like the reverse-chronological layout.
- It presents your newest victories at the beginning.
- Use clean strong fonts.
- Always make sure your headings are large easy to read and do not use any highlighting or grey scale.
- Black/white, crisp, and clean is always best. Do not be afraid to add a head shot of yourself. Spell check is the most powerful tool you will use.
- Never, and we mean never! Send your resume in word, always save to PDF and send whenever possible or unless asked for another format.
Cover Letter Writing
- This is your opportunity to speak freely.
- Write this as if you are writing an autobiography, but not writing a novel. A half page is more than enough.
- Focus on why you feel you are the right person for the job.
- Talk about yourself a little bit, give them a sense of the culture you bring.
- Do not be boring. Grab their attention.
How to Describe Your Experience
- Do not list your last 15 jobs. Keep your experience current and relevant.
- Focus on relaying your message loud and clear.
- Stick to the main points, summarize, and keep it concise.
- Focus on the big wins and keep those at the top of the list, the compulsory details can be listed at the end, but remember, no fluff.
- Do not be cookie cutter or off the rack. You want to wow people, so wow them. Use words like "Passion" "Dramatically" "Drastically" "Raised" "Increased" "Lead" "Team" "Together.
- Read the job description and match those key qualifications in your resume wherever pertinent.
What Recruiters and Hiring Source Are Looking For
- The average recruiter or Hiring Source spends just 30 seconds looking at each resume. Therefore, make sure you are hitting your points quickly and standing out above the crowd.
- Recruiters and hiring sources are looking for key words, where you worked, how long, what you accomplished, who you reported to and if they know them.
- If a resume looks good, you are typically short listed into a pile to be summarized, contacted, or passed along.
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