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You have been job searching for some time and have sent resume after resume to positions you thought you were a perfect fit for, but never received one response. It has to be the job market because it possibly could not be your resume, right? It is a competitive job market that one position can receive a hundred or more resumes, but that is not the problem. The problem is how you are coming across on paper, your resume is not marketing your skills.

If you ask 100 people the question, most likely you will get 100 different responses.  What is a resume really used for?  To many, they believe it is the creation of a simple document with limited information, to create curiosity, in the hopes an employer will call.  Others believe it is a historical biographical document to supply information to a potential employer.  In all of the cases above, they couldn't be any further from the truth!!

FACT, nothing in a resume can have more value and impact than the words we use and how we use them.  However, the power of an "impact word" also has a critical element, the positioning.  We want to walk you through some examples of impacts and their positioning.

The "old soda wars!"  Coke VS. Pepsi or McDonalds VS. Burger King.  There is no doubt that people have their preference.  Think of yourself when you are at the market.  Any aisle, any store.  You make decisions.  You do it based on cost, quantity, brand name, taste, or impulse buy.  Whatever it is you choose one over another.  Why in the world would you think that the hiring process would be any different!  It is Coke VS. Pepsi!

Have you sent out resume after resume without a response? Is your resume written properly to get you to the next step? Does your resume convey the right message about you?

A resume is much more than just your employment in chronological order, it is a marketing piece of your skills and the value you bring to the position you are applying for. How your resume is written will tell a hiring manager within 6 seconds if you are a candidate for their opening. What does your resume say to the reader, the hiring manager?

We have covered how to begin to transition back into the workforce, but one of the most important items is how do you translate your skills onto your resume.  Writing your resume can be a stressor all unto itself when you have gaps in employment and have been out of the workforce for a period of time.  You can highlight your skills and minimize the gap that hiring managers will be drawn to.  

 

Writing a resume can be a difficult task for any job seeker, especially with all of the different opinions when it comes to how you should write your resume. There are many myths about creating a resume that job seekers should avoid when writing a resume. Below are the top 10 myths in resume writing:

 

If you’re looking for a new job, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is to come up with a compelling cover letter, plus a CV that is customized for the position you’re applying for. It is never a good strategy to be too wordy on these documents. What you want is to sound interesting and professional so that you can stand out from the competition.

In this extremely competitive world of job seeking, even the smallest of items may mean the difference between an interview or not. My time at Get My Mom a Job, I have seen 1000's of resumes. How you set up your resume is just as important as what you say, and how you say it. If you present your information in a difficult to read format, chances are it will not be read at all. No matter your qualifications, skills, or expertise hiring managers are people and if it is too difficult to read, they move on.