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Feb

Professional Resume Writing Tips

I am not going to kid you. Resume writing is a chore for many reasons. After spending years in the military it is often daunting when you have to sit down and write a resume. For this reason we have provided a collection of articles below about this subject that you may find helpful.

Word of mouth is one thing but the best source of professional resume writing tips come from those who have experience in the industry.  ResumeToReferral, who provides resume writing tools and services have many years of experience with this subject.  They use the same analysis tools HR departments use around the world in order to classify your resume.  You would be surprised how your resume is classified compared to what you are looking for. We have personally used them and definitely recommend their services.


5 Tips to Ensuring Your Resume Produces Top Results


Here’s What You Should Know About Investing in a Quality Resume Writer
A professionally written resume is an important component to any job search. The overall effectiveness of the document, however, depends on certain variables; such as how/how often the resume is used, the types of marketing/submission strategies, and the continued relevance of the resume’s content. Concentrating on these important aspects (and others) ensures the resume will produce the all-important interviews that we strive for.

You see the resume one way, but hiring managers see it differently.

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How to Right Your Resume Write The First Time


So, how much time did you spend compiling and writing your last resume?

If you said several hours or more, my sense is that you most probably did it right. If you, however, tweaked your last resume (even though it was a few years old), simply adding your current position, you may have done yourself a disservice.

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What’s Your Resume Objective?


Far too many resumes start with weakly worded and poorly considered intro statements. The top half of the resume is likely the most important part and it must not only introduce you to the reader but also encourage the reader to do something; i.e. call, write, email, send out a smoke signal. Most job seekers sense that employers are not so much interested in what the candidate is seeking in a job, but rather interested in whether the candidate’s background meets their needs.

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Does Unpaid Work Count?


In my work with resume clients, I encourage them to look back on past work accomplishments where they received kudos. While they’re taking notes on this “homework assignment,” I then add “This can include volunteer work, that or things only pay you received was ‘thank you’…..as long as it is relevant to your career search“.

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For an Amazing Cover Letter – Here are 5 Cover Letter Must-Avoids


A cover letter carries a lot of weight when written correctly. It serves as an introduction — more specifically, a job-search agent for introducing you to those on the other end.

Why should I care about writing an amazing cover letter? No one will read it.

True, some hiring managers and recruiters have gone on the record and said they pitch cover letters.

Yet others proclaim just the opposite, stating the cover letter is the most important document written and received by a candidate.

As a job seeker, this can get a bit confusing.

My rule of thumb is to analyze what’s happening in the real world. So, let’s perform a “kind of” field trip. Visit any one of your favorite job boards, and type in “submit cover letter” within the search bar.

Normally the search feature is reserved for inputting job titles, but for today, we’re going to use it to answer one simple question: should I care about sending cover letters?

After you completed your search, you learned thousands of companies with current job listings are requesting cover letters. Am I right? The truth is, countless employers still want job seekers to provide cover letters … it’s that simple.

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Resumes Aren’t Dumpsters


In the past few weeks, a number of tried-but-true adages have popped into my mind, even though I struggled hard to keep them at bay. While I could not locate exact quotations, the main theme of the adages was “you can’t be objective about your own life/work/writing, thus you need a trusted colleague or friend to tell you the truth.”

This revelation came to me in the midst of a job search, while working with a recruiter. She suggested that I lop off the first 13 years of my career on my resume (blasphemy!), as the work I had done during those early years was not relevant to my search. “Not relevant!” I proclaimed. “Those work years were the basis of everything I’ve done since!”

The recruiter nodded wisely and sympathetically but persevered. And I finally had to admit that she was right. Without revealing my exact age, suffice it to say that I’ve had a long, rewarding career, and those first 13 years, while precious to me, would not matter one bit to a hiring manager.

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How a Career Coach Can Help You/Your Career


Career coaching is a highly under-utilized profession, probably next to the resume writer. Why?

Why do individuals spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars getting their degrees and then go it alone? Why do individuals waste time waiting for great careers to land in their laps?

These are some great questions.

It’s a lot like a quarterback clutching and running with the ball, only to purposely drop it mid-way through the play. Yeah, it just doesn’t make sense to me either.

The elite Olympic athlete has a trainer that motivates, analyzes, and inspires. The concert pianist has a mentor to direct, demand, and encourage. So, in helping guide your career, who works with you?

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Stretching The Truth In Your Resume? Tisk. Tisk.


Most of us have embellished a story or two in our lifetime. The length of that fish we caught, the length of the putt we made, the amount of money that we earn….you get the picture. And in these situations, as long as no harm was done, no one got hurt, and no laws were broken, it was probably o.k.  This is not to condone outright lying in day-to-day life, but to simply acknowledge that stretching the truth is something that most of us do, with few consequences.

But your resume is definitely not the place to embellish or stretch the truth. This is one place where telling the whole truth is by far the best action. Perhaps you’ve heard stories about folks who have fabricated a college degree, “enhanced” their job responsibilities or titles or inflated their salaries. They did so in hopes of impressing prospective employers, and to be hired in higher level positions with   greater salaries. Some of these candidates got away with it.

Others, however, got caught. Some during the interview process, and others after being hired. They had not factored in the network that hiring managers and HR directors have for checking resume accuracy, validity of references, and overall character of applicants. Yes, the days of full disclosure by former employers are gone, but many employers are still willing to answer some of the questions posed by hiring companies. After all, the favor will often be returned.

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Best Strategies For Identifying & Finding Your Dream Job


When you were a kid you probably had a vision of what you wanted to be when you grew up. You may have wanted to be a professional athlete, an astronaut, or even the president of the United States! While these particular jobs are held by very few adults, there was no reason for you, as a child, to believe you could not reach your career goals.

Over time, and as you grew into adulthood, you surely began to realize that you were probably not going to become a professional athlete, an astronaut, or the President of the United States.

As adults, we tend to be more realistic about our abilities, skills, and career aspirations when searching for the best possible employment. But that does not mean we should throw our dreams aside and accept jobs that we don’t like or jobs that make us feel all-around miserable.

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“They use the same analysis tools HR departments use around the world in order to classify your resume.”


Now that you have an idea on what hiring managers are looking at and what elements to include (and not to include) in your resume.  You want to apply your efforts in the real world.  I have included a quick link below for my Vital Jobs page.  At the bottom is an Indeed Search tool you can use to find jobs related to your skills in the area you want to work.

Vital Jobs

 

A reader just gave me an awesome link to a resume builder and it is AWESOME!  The link is below:

JOBSCAN RESUME WRITING GUIDE

I hope this information has been helpful.  Please help us out and feel free to provide feedback, leave a comment, and share on social media platforms.

Best of luck on your career journey!

Mike

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