Thank you to all of the participants who joined us for Career Connections Presents – Top Notch Resumes 2. Your resume is your opportunity to make a statement and lasting impression on the person or committee hiring for a specific position. Here are some tips to help ensure your resume highlights your qualifications and skills:
- While a chronological resume is the most widely recognized format since it emphasizes work history, a functional resume is great for recent graduates or career changes since it focuses on your skills and overall achievements rather than work history.
- Read through the job description and take note of all of the keywords. Include as many of these keywords in your resume to show that meet or exceed the requirements of the job. Also, many job applications are online and therefore first screened by a computer; including keywords from the job description will help ensure that computer does not dismiss your application.
- Make sure that a majority of our skills, relevant work experience, and keywords are within the first three-quarters of the first page of your resume. You want to grab the attention of the person reading the resume right away since hiring managers tend to spend very little scanning each resume at the beginning of the process.
Top Notch Resumes 2 also touched on cover letters and references, which can be equally as important as your resume. Follow this tips to maximize your impact on the person reading your credentials:
- Make sure your heading on all of your application materials is consistent. If you papers get lost or mixed with others’ applications, it will be easily identifiable. Also, this demonstrates your attention to detail and that you are organized.
- Your cover letter should not be a copy of your resume. Refer to the job title in your cover letter and express interest in the position. Demonstrate your ability to do the job in a few sentences, focusing on achievements and skills while also including those keywords from the job description.
- A cover letter should never be more than 1 page.
- Always provide professional references when asked, unless specifically instructed to provide personal references.
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