Which is Which?
Which type of resume do you need? Which type of resume do you have? Chronological is the most used resume which lists your jobs from most recent to least. A functional resume focuses on what you’ve done instead of where you’ve done it and is best used by new college graduates with limited experience or possibly a person who has held lots of positions, the “jack of all trades, master of none” types. It is also ideal for people who specialize in a certain field and may have gaps in employment time. A functional resume is a great way to show off on your expertise in a specialized field or for those who would like to demonstrate that expertise for promotion or salary increase. Remember. A resume should not exceed 3 pages to include your cover letter. Join us for additional HRT Tips of the Day!
The Job Seeker Must Have’s
When writing your resume use power words. Be confident. Brag a little about your contributions and how you’ve added value to your employer. I use a technique called CQTR or Cost, Quality, Time and Result. Have you streamlined a process? Did you save your employer money? Did you increase productivity or profit/ Maybe you created a new filing system or developed a standard operations manual. These things add value to an employer and demonstrates your willingness to go the extra mile in the organizations’ success. But don’t be too detailed, leave something for the interview. Always spell check your resume. Keep your fonts consistent (use standard font Times New Roman, size 12). Keep your grammatical tense consistent as well, don’t change past to present haphazardly. It’s confusing. Update your voicemail with a clear and businesslike greeting. Don’t use musical backgrounds. And finally make sure your email address is appropriate and impersonal and if you have a difficult name to pronounce or spell, use initials. That’s your HRT Tip of the Day! Stay tuned!
One Size does NOT fit all!
Resumes are not one size fits all and it is a living document meaning it needs to be adjusted to the position for which you are applying. Why is this important? Because many companies use computer generated key word search systems and your resume may be reviewed by a computer to ascertain if you meet the minimum requirements. If that’s the case your resume needs to have key words that make grammatical sense to get through both the computer and human eyes. If the requirements list a bachelors degree, don’t wait until page 2 to mention it because if your resume has errors in it chances are, the computer might not catch it but the HR professional probably will. So, whatever the main requirements of the position are instead of using an objective statement, use a summary of qualifications and list all the requirements you meet up front. One resume submitted to dozens of employers don’t typically work well, so tweak it to increase your chances of being seen and considered.
Dress for a more successful you!
You can still be you in an interview. It’s important to have your own style, but less is always more. Too much of anything is distracting. Don’t spray lots of fragrances prior to an interview. Keep your nails neatly trimmed and Ladies stay away from lengthy nails and gaudy nail colors.
Bright colored suits should be kept to a minimum. If you want to make a statement or leave a unique impression add a colorful broach or a silk scarf tied similar to a men’s ascot. Gentlemen please keep suit colors basic in black, grey and brown and for a stellar impression nothing says I’m ready like a well cut suit, polished shoes, a crisp white shirt and a red tie (sans embellishment). Red is a great power tie color and the color alone says enough, so no weird stuff. You want to be remembered for how well you interview, not the crazy clothes or the loud cologne.
Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression! This is your HRT Tip of the Day. Stay tuned!