The Job Awful Truth’s: 5 Things That Should Be On Everyone’s Resume Series (Volume 5)

October 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm (5 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Resume, Career, job search, Resume, Resumes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

bigstockphoto_Scrabble_Background_5620040[1]5.  CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION AND GOOD SPELLING: Ok, I know this should be totally obvious, but you would be flabbergasted if you knew how many resumes I see daily that have atrocious spelling.  In addition, I come across a good number of resumes that don’t have the correct contact information on them.  Phone numbers and email addresses change and become outdated, but the person fails to update the header portion of their resume.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, failing to update your contact information and poor spelling make the candidate look lazy and unprofessional.  The hiring manager is going to get a distinctly negative impression if the resume is filled with spelling errors or they can’t contact the person they are interested in.  I know that some people are just not very good spellers, and for those of you that aren’t, find your nerdiest friend and have them proof read your resume before you send it anywhere.

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The Job Awful Truth’s: 5 Things That Should Be On Everyone’s Resume Series (Volume 4)

October 5, 2009 at 4:17 am (5 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Resume, Career, job search, Resume, Resumes) (, , , , , , , )

bigstockphoto_Illuminated_Bulb_3561025[1]4.  AN OBJECTIVE STATEMENT THAT ISN’T ABOUT YOU:

THE AWFUL TRUTH is, the company doesn’t really care what you want, it is about what you can do for the company.  Your objective statement should be a concise summary of what you bring to the table.  Objective statements that ramble on about all the different things you want to do or worse what you want out of a company (like good benefits) are pretty much worthless.  When writing your objective statement think in terms of marketing yourself and talk about the skills and abilities you know a company would be excited to see in a candidate for that position.

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The Job Awful Truth’s: 5 Things That Should Be On Everyone’s Resume Series (Volume 3)

October 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm (5 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Resume, Career, job search, Resume, Resumes) (, , , , )

bigstockphoto_Accomplishment_-_Road_Sign_2737848[1]3. KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  The job market is more competitive today than ever.  Companies have the ability in this job market to be picky and selective about the person they are going to hire for a position.  It used to be, not so very long ago, that a candidate who had a certain set of skills and abilities would be a surefire hire for a company. The companies were growing and needed to add personnel.  That is no longer the case. Companies have tons of people applying for jobs that have all the skills and abilities they could ever want and need, but they have very few positions in which to place them.  Now it is all about what the candidate has accomplished in their last couple of positions.  Key Accomplishments should be listed somewhere on your resume and should only include accomplishments achieved in the last five years.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, there are only three things companies really care about when considering a candidate; Is this person going to make us money, save us money or improve an existing process or procedure?

Gear your accomplishments around these three things and you should see great response to your resume.

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