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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.


Here are some resume "saving" How To's in the structure, set-up, and appearance of your resume.

1. PARAGRAPH vs. BULLET STYLE. Hiring Managers, Company Owners, are busy people. Paragraph style of writing for your resume is the least desirable by the overwhelming majority of hiring managers. The fact is the information they need or are looking for is often lost in long resumes that contain long paragraphs. Using "bullet" style informational points in our job history, skill set etc. will give the reader the ease and convenience to take in the information however they want.

Remember, we DO NOT write things as we would want to read them. We write based on how others want to read them. Remember your resume is not for you, it is for them. Go with what the hiring manager wants to see and how they want to see it.

2. HEADER. People miss the power of the header and what can be portrayed. First, your name. Use your full name with middle initial. Make sure it is in bold, with a bigger font size.

Underneath your name is your email, a professional email address. I always recommend you use a professional email address, your first and last name @gmail.com as an example. If this is not your current email address, then make a new one for job searching purposes. It is free.

Then goes your social media handles. Example would be LinkedIn, Twitter or FaceBook. If you have a professional, not ultra-personal Twitter or FaceBook account that you use for networking purposes or job related functions use it. Give the employer the inside look into your life. They are going there anyway to check you out. Be proactive and not reactive. Using your LinkedIn, Twitter and/or FaceBook on your resume makes you seem progressive and current.

Last, I always recommend having a Skype account, it is free. It gives an employer a way to add you to a live chat, video telephone call, or just a Skype call. Also employers who allow employees to work at home, will see you are already technically speaking to make that happen. It is another avenue for them to talk with you immediately in regards to the position.

3. OBJECTIVE. Objectives are outdated, but a Professional Summary can catch the attention of a hiring manager. Be strong here. Do not use some generic Googled objective you find online. If you want a sales manager job, SAY IT. If you want to be an IT manager say it. Do not be broad. Do not say you will take anything. You tell the employer the position you want and how your experience relates to the position.

4. SKILL SET. Here is not your average 3 sentence paragraph. This should be in a box, and bullet point your skills. It should be laid out as 3 or 4 bullet points down, and 3 or 4 bullet points across. In a big bold box. You will be listing your Technical, Sales, Medical, Admin, Public Speaking, Retail, Manufacturing, Machinery, Equipment Skills. Anything that is a viable skill will be laid out in bullet point form here.

5. HISTORY OF SUCCESS. In lieu of saying EXPERIENCE, it is far better served to say history of success. You will stand out and get the employers attention. The fact is, it is not experience. Your history of jobs is a history of success and it needs to be labeled as such and highlighted as such!

6. HISTORY OF SUCCESS 2. Now when you get to each job, the layout is simple. Dates, Job Title, and then MAX 4 bullet points to what it is you did and how you did it at your job. It is imperative you keep each bullet point to MAX 2 sentences and 4 bullet points per job. Strong words, strong position, strong posture to capture the reader’s attention.  Click here to read the article on Words and Positioning.

7. REFERENCES. The last part is simple. It is assumed that you will provide references when requested, you do not need to add this to your resume.  Do not provide any recruiting tools or information until the time is right. You want to have the opportunity to prep your references to the type of job you may be getting. You don't want vanilla generic references, you want your references to be on point to the specific position you are close to obtaining.

 

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