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Keep Your Resume out of the Black Hole-- What You Need to Know!

Green Career Tip of the Week
 
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
-- Dr. Seuss
 
Wish you could Keep Your Resume out of the Black Hole?

Learn What You Need to Know! My colleague, and now business partner, Rebecca Kieler, provides some key tips to help you stand out from the competition as you apply for your next position.

In addition to today's article, we both invite you to Rebecca's upcoming June 12th webinar How to Create an Attention-Grabbing Resume: Use Your Resume Summary Section to Set Yourself Apart from Your Competition. You can claim your complimentary guest pass here!


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Green Career Tip: Keep Your Resume out of the Black Hole--What You Need to Know!
 
There was a day when you could slap your places of employment, job titles and dates on a piece of paper, pull a line or two off your old job description and call it a resume. Not only that, you got hired! (It was called 'if you can fog a mirror, you are hired.')

Those days are long gone. Consider these current unemployment rates for example....

United States, May 2012 = 8.2%

California, April 2012 = 10.9%

Illinois, April 2012 = 8.6%
 
New York, April 2012 = 8.5%
 
Florida, April 2012 = 8.7%
This means it's an employer job market and there's a lot of competition for the jobs that are available.

What You Need to Do to Compete

The most important thing you can do is STAND OUT! For each and every job opening, employers are receiving so many resumes that they aren't even able to process all of the resumes. This means that even if you are a perfect fit for the job, it's entirely possible that your perfect resume isn't even being seen. 

To stand out in today's job market you must...
  • Make a Great First Impression. You have just a few seconds to catch people's attention so be sure your resume is focused and specific.
  • Know Your Focus.  Although it might seem like a good idea to keep your options open and be 'general' like a 'Jack/Jill of all trades', this strategy just doesn't work in this job market. Employers have the luxury of being able to take their pick. As a result they are looking for people who are a perfect fit for the job they are hiring for. They will pass you by if you give the impression "oh I can do most anything."
  • Be Relevant, Relevant, Relevant. Everything in your resume should be RELEVANT to the position you are applying for. If something is not relevant, it does not belong on your resume. Including these items will only make you look unfocused.
  • Be Current. Your work history should highlight your experience over the last 10 to 12 years. Anything earlier that this is considered ancient history and not relevant to your current search.
  • Prove You Can Do the Job. Include quantifiable accomplishments in your resume. Show what you have accomplished in previous jobs by demonstrating what you have contributed in terms of impact on the bottom line.
Next week we'll share additional tips to help you create your competitive, attention-grabbing resume. Stay tuned for the second article in this series.
 
Have you been struggling to pull your resume together?

Join my colleague Rebecca Kieler for her upcoming Webinar...you can claim your guest pass below!

How to Create an Attention-Grabbing Resume
Use Your Resume Summary Section to
Set Yourself Apart from Your Competition

 
In this information-rich webinar, you'll learn:
  • How to craft your introductory summary statement to attract attention and earn an interview
  • 5 specific formatting tips to make your resume current and eye-catching
  • How to articulate your most employable strengths in the most clear, concise, and compelling way
  • The most effective ways to customize your resume for each position you are applying for
Tuesday, June 12th
5:30 - 6:30 Pacific / 8:30 - 9:30 Eastern

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