Merla Tasnime March 23, 2021 Resume
Less than 5% of job seekers take the time to invest in a professional, high quality resume. Do you think, of all those potentially qualified applicants, if you are the one with the resume that stands out, that your chances of being selected might increase exponentially? Once you have been selected to take part in the interview process, then it is up to you to communicate, to the potential employer, that you are not only the best qualified applicant but you are also ready, willing, and able to do the job at the highest level.
Job-hunting in the 21st century lends itself to all types of great conveniences. Whereas once upon a time, you had to reference a book in order to construct a great resume, today technology is here to help us navigate the perils of crafting this very important document. Resume builders (sometimes called resume wizards) are a great way to bypass common resume pitfalls. Why attempt a resume all alone when there are quick and easy ways to build one via our modern technology?
Certifications- There are a number of different writing, training and coaching certifications available from which to pursue and from a variety of professional organizations that focus on writing or coaching practices. This does not mean that certification guarantees a quality product, nor does it mean that whoever certified the individual is the best judge of writing/coaching, particularly when the judging is based on a number of subjective opinions as to what a ”good” coach or writer really should do.
In my research, I‘ve seen more websites than not who claim to offer outstanding resumes without any proof at all. I‘ve even gone as far as contacting these companies to request a sample and have been told that since ”each client is different, a sample won‘t help.” I don‘t buy that - a good writer is a good writer, period and there should be nothing to hide. If you do see samples, make sure they are legible and not small graphics of what it will ”look like,” as you have to be able to read it!
For a good number of folks, job search equals resume. Job search equals scanning as many help wanted pages as possible and mailing resumes wherever possible. It also includes attending as many job fairs as possible. And lastly, it would include applying to as many online job postings as possible on Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com or any job board on the internet. Wow, that is just depressing! How many, many resumes must a person send out before realizing that this is a broken path for many of us. For every successful job seeker, I am guessing there are probably many, many more that did not succeed. Although I have mixed feelings about the value or viability of sending out resumes to openings, I would not dispute the importance of a well-constructed resume. My only concern is how it is used. I am a big believer in Richard Bolles‘ statement that resumes are something you leave behind versus something you send ahead.
I am going to assume that you are now asking yourself, what are targeted key words and where and how do I use them? There are two trains of thought over the portion of a resume called the Career Objective. Some resume writers and consultants feel it is necessary and some say not. In my opinion and experience, adding a career objective section at the beginning of a resume is very important. This is where you can place targeted key words that will help to get you through to the next level, the interview. If these keywords are not found in a quick scan of your resume than your resume goes directly to jail and does not pass go. In other words, no interview for you!