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Smart Resume

Smart Resume

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A résumé is a document that contains a summary of relevant job experienceand education. The sumé is typically the first item that a potentialemployer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screenapplicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment. ... It’sa self-marketing tool.A resume is often the first line of contact. It establishes a first impression of apotential job candidate's skills, background and hiring value. If written well,this impression can be a positive one, offering the reader a sense of thecandidate's "fit" for the position and company being targeted. If written reallywell, it may convince the reader that the job candidate is ideally suited forthe job. When coupled with an effective cover letter, the resume can be avery strong marketing tool.Preparing a resume may be seen as a nuisance, but having a well-constructed, well-designed resume is an important part of your job search.Consider that for each available job opening there may be as many as 100to 1000 resumes submitted. If your resume fails to adequately andaccurately convey your hiring value (for the specific position), fails toestablish your hiring value over competing candidates, or is difficult tofollow, your ability to compete against those 100 to 1000 professionalsvying for the same position your are will be greatly diminished.If your resume secures an interview, it has done its job. If it sets you aheadof the competition in the mind of your interviewer, then it has given you adistinct advantage, and has gone beyond its job.A great resume does what all good marketing pieces do: it sells the"consumer" (the potential employer or hiring manager) on the "product"(you).Like it or not, the job of looking for employment is a job in sales andmarketing. The product you are "selling" is you, and the "customer," whohas unique needs and interests, needs to be sold on the fact that you havewhat it takes to get the job done and to meet the needs of the position. He
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or she is going to want to know how you are going to solve his or herproblems, and he or she is going to give your resume about 15 seconds, orless, to sell this. 15 seconds is the average time a hiring manager will allotto a new resume - before giving it a potential "yes" or "no" response.A resume is a standard inclusion with any job or internship application, and itmay be requested for applicants into graduate and professional schools aswell. As a general rule, a resume is only one or two pages long, althoughspecial circumstances may call for an additional page.A good resume contains basic information about the applicant, organized in away which is easy for the reader to understand. Clear contact information isusually at the top, followed by work experience, educational achievements, alist of skills, relevant certifications or awards, and contact information forreferences, though not necessarily in this order. The organization of a resumeis a fine art, and it requires some work to create a strong resume. In somecases, people ask for professional help when assembling a resume. There are several different approaches to a resume. All are designed to sellthe resume writer in some way or another, and by convention many jobseekers tailor their resumes to a specific job or employer. This tailoring allows job candidates to bring out their strongest skills for an individual position.Some job seekers also add deeper levels of personalization, designed tohumanize them to potential employers. Some employers actively requestmore personal information, such as hobbies or favorite vacations spots, in anattempt to learn more about the psychology of the applicant.In some cases, a resume is arranged strictly chronologically. In this instance,educational accomplishments will usually lead, followed by employmenthistory. A chronological resume often includes all work experience, sincegaps will be easier to spot. In other cases, a resume is organized byrelevance, with blocks of similar information clumped together. A resume puttogether in this fashion usually features only relevant work experience for aposition, so that potential employers do not have to slog through theapplicant's entire life history.
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Preparation is KeyIn preparing your resume, the more you know about the position you aretargeting, the better. If you know the company's missions and goals, if you understand the needs of the position, if you recognize the company’s“concerns,” and if you know who comprises the company's competition...AND you (and your unique skills and experience) can meet the needs of all the above (you have accurately assessed your own value to those whohave employed you in the past), you will have the material necessary tocreate an effective marketing piece.As in any type of marketing material, it is important to present theinformation so that it captures your customer’s interest quickly. Your goalis to encourage the reader to stay with your document as long aspossible. Your chance for a more detailed reading increases when yougive the reader that information which he or she most wants to secure,early in the document.One of the best ways to accomplish this is to create a Summary Section atthe beginning of your resume. A Summary Section highlights for yourreader those personal and professional skills you possess that allow youto excel in your chosen field and position. Items and skills of greatestimportance (from your readers' viewpoint) should be listed in priority,supporting an impression of both “fit” and potential success. In addition,these should be aspects of your background that set you apart from yourcompeting candidates, particularly candidates with skill sets similar toyour own. You are, in effect, showing your reader how you will solve theirproblems - better than the competition - and why interviewing you will bea worthwhile expenditure of their time.
 
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