Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Effective Resumes Part II

Your resume is the first demonstration of the quality of your work. Make it great! Spelling and grammar errors, formatting problems, inappropriate email addresses and many other seemingly small mistakes can prevent you from receiving a call for an interview. An employer assumes that you have spent some time preparing your resume, and if you still have errors, they will also assume your work place skills are less than desireable. I recommend the following:
  • Eyeball test. Does it look professional? Your resume should look like a professional document with appropriate fonts, text size, margins, etc.
  • Second checker. Enlist the help of someone you trust. Have them review your resume to check for spelling/grammar errors and give you honest feedback.
  • Sell it. Your resume should convince the employer that you can fulfill the requirements of the advertised position. Have two or three aquaintances read your resume and ask if they are convinced you are qualified for the position you are applying for.

"To desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly." - Confucius

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