When applying for any job an essential part of the process, as important as a professional appearance and good communication skills is a professionally organized and and presented resume.
A resume is what validates your job interview and showcases your skills, experience, education, background and intentions. When deciding how to best present your resume it is best to outline what you want it to let the potential employer know about you without having to read a long extensive essay.
Your resume should give basic information such as your name first and foremost, your objective for wanting employment with the company or organization you are applying at, education and training including any military service, previous employers including contact numbers and as accurate information as possible in case they may want to verify you were actually employed there and the type of employee you were while working there.
Including a brief introduction describing yourself and your work ethic or qualities you feel may be suited to the job can help employers get an idea of what kind of employee to expect. This is aside from your initial appearance the second most important part of the interview.
Don’t give a long winded story of your life, just stick to the facts as the employer will have only a few min to review your information before interviewing the next candidate. showing efficiency in your resume tells the employer you are focused and time oriented.
You may also want to include any specialized skills or recognitions you received while at other jobs as the more skills you have the more of an asset you are. Try to keep the information brief and orderly.
Utilizing an outline format is the method of presenting the information for easy viewing . Two formats are a chronological and a functional or a combination of both.
Keep it brief and if you have a varying skill set, try and present the skills best suited to the particular company or position you are applying for.
References are sometimes a requirement but most often are only needed if requested. At any rate its a good idea to note at the end of your resume that they are available upon request if not provided.
Include if possible former employers that you were in good standing with at the time you parted with the job. Also try not to include family members as references. Long time friends and former coworkers, usually of more than 3 to 5 years, who know your work habits and will give you a good recommendation are good to add.
As a potential employee trying for a job can be intimidating at best. Avoid wasting yours and an employers time by having a clean wrinkle free resume presented on a heavy resume paper and presented in a cover, and provide multiple copies as there may be other supervisors or managerial staff present at the interview.
The job interview is your last chance to make a first impression so be confident and prepared with a professional, efficient resume to insure that both you and the potential employer leave the interview with a positive experience.
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