Resumes and Interview Tips

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Resume Workshop 2016

6 Resume Essentials for Creating YOUR Resume

1)    USE KEYWORDS

Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in job descriptions. That way, you will increase your chances of your resume matching available positions – and of you being selected for an interview.

30 Powerful Words to Add to Your Resume

2)    BULLET POINTS

No employer will have the time (or patience) to read long paragraphs of text. Make sure, therefore, to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational background and professional objectives.  According to surveys, the average length of time personnel analysts spend reading both a cover letter and resume these days is 6 seconds.

3)    IMPORTANT OR QUALIFYING INFORMATION

This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.

 4)    RESPONSIBILITIES VS DUTIES

Resumes that include a long list of “responsibilities included…” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling yourself. Instead of listing responsibilities, therefore, describe your professional achievements.

5)    ONE SIZE FITS “ALL”

One of the most common mistakes that people make is to create a standard resume and send it to all the job openings that they can find. Sure it will save you time, but it will also greatly decrease the chances of landing an interview (so in reality it could even represent a waste of time). Tailor your resume for each employer. The same point applies to your cover letters.

6)    PROOF READ, PROOF READ, PROOF READ!

It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary. The best advice is to have someone proof read your resume who is skilled at proof reading and critiquing resumes.

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