Friday, October 23, 2009

50 Tips To Get Your Resume Read

Don’t Forget That Little Things Make a Big Impact

41. Pay attention to detail. This includes not just looking for typos, but formatting documents, naming files, and doing your research.

42. Use parallel structure. This is exactly what it sounds like, and is a great way to add clarity to your writing. Be consistent in tenses and parts of speech when listing job duties.

43. Follow up with a phone call. If you haven’t received a response to your application after a reasonable amount of time, a polite phone call to check on your status can get things moving and show’s that you’re interested.

44. Be honest. A surprising number of job seekers lie on the resumes. Be honest with yourself about what you really want and be honest on your resume to ensure that you find the right position.

45. Sleep on it. After writing your resume, review it carefully, then put it aside for the night. Come to it the next morning with fresh eyes for a final edit.

46. Don’t ignore the paper. So much of the job search occurs online that paper resumes are becoming a thing of the past. Nevertheless, there are situations in which a paper resume is required. Make sure it’s on good quality stock, clean and free of damage.

47. Use polite correspondence. Begin and end all messages with “Dear” and “Sincerely.” Don’t forget to thank the HR person for their time in either your cover letter or a short email message.

48. Follow application instructions to the letter. If you send your resume materials somewhere else, they stand a chance of getting lost in the shuffle.

49. Be open to criticism. If a friend helping you edit comes back with some suggestions, receive them with an open mind.

50. Send your resume in with confidence. You’ve earned it!

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