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The Right Resume
Are you looking for a new job? If so, you know the job market is tight these days. So, how can you make yourself standout? Start working on your resume.
How detailed should your resume be? One of the main purposes of a resume is to get your foot in the door. So, Martin Yate, author of Resumes That Knock 'Em Dead says you should make yours what he calls specifically vague: "Specific enough to where the interviewer has an appetite to learn more and vague enough so that he or she has to get into conversation with you."
When crafting your resume, it's important to show how you can be a moneymaker for the company,especially in these tough economic times. "It should talk about your accomplishments. You should try and quantify them in terms of money earned for the company and money saved for the company," says Yate.
If you want to increase the chances of having your resume read, it's important to include keywords relevant to the business. When a company scans job applications into a computer system, the resumes with the most keywords come out on the top of the list. Yate says you can generally figure out the keywords by reading the classifieds or online job boards.
Be Web Savvy
What are the rules when it comes to emailing your resume? Yate says you should cut and paste it into the body of the email. Attachments are generally not opened because of fear of viruses.
If your resume does its job and gets you an interview, it's crucial that you're prepared. Here's some expert advice from Dr. Ron Fisher, director of the Center for Professional & Personal Growth.
Treat the interview like a first date. Don't spend too much time talking about yourself and show a genuine interest in the person doing the interview.
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