Friday, September 25, 2009

Resumes: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Sometimes creating a resume can seem like re-inventing the wheel. It does not have to be that way. There are many, many examples and templates on the internet that you can use to transform your resume. One website, razume, has LOTS of resume examples (good, bad, and ugly) if you're looking for a make-over or for fresh ideas on formatting. Here are some more tips:

+Get as many people as possible to read your resume for free. Gathering different perspectives will allow you to tweak your resume which may make it more appealing to more potential employers.

+When you think you're finished, pretend to be the employer. You have 30 seconds to look over the resume. What pops out? What gets you bogged down? Is the font big enough? Is there enough white space on the page (enough breathing room)?

+Aim for continuity and flow. Triple-check (at the very minimum) spelling, spacing, font size(s), bullets, capitalization, etc.

+Remember, you're trying to sell yourself through your resume. Is it packaged in a neat, user-friendly way? If you have applied for hundreds of jobs and have not received a single response back then something might be wrong. Check your resume. Change your resume. After all, what do you have to lose if no one was calling you to begin with?

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