WHERE TO START?
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9 WORST RESUME MISTAKES
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WHAT'S IN A NAME
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WHERE TO START?
You might see a hurdle to leap over. Or a hoop to
jump through. Or a barrier to knock down. That is how many people think
of resumes, application forms, cover letters, and interviews. But you do
not have to think of them that way. They are not ways to keep you from a
job; they are ways for you to show an employer what you know and what
you can do. After all, you are going to get a job. It is just a question
of which one.
Employers want to hire people who can do the job.
To learn who these people are, they use resumes, application forms,
written tests, performance tests, medical examinations, and interviews.
You can use each of these different evaluation procedures to your
advantage. You might not be able to make a silk purse out of a sow's
ear, but at least you can show what a good ear you have.
Creating Effective Resumes and Application
Resumes and application forms are two ways to
achieve the same goal: To give the employer written evidence of your
qualifications. When creating a resume or completing an application
form, you need two different kinds of information: Facts about yourself
and facts about the job you want. With this information in hand, you can
present the facts about yourself in terms of the job. You have more
freedom with a resume--you can put your best points first and avoid
blanks. But, even on application forms, you can describe your
qualifications in terms of the job's duties.
Know thyself. Begin by
assembling information about yourself. Some items appear on virtually
every resume or application form, including the following:
||Current address and phone number--if you are
rarely at home during business hours, try to give the phone number of
a friend or relative who will take messages for you.
||Job sought or career goal.
||Experience (paid and volunteer) -- date of
employment, name and full address of the employer, job title, starting
and finishing salary, and reason for leaving (moving, returning to
school, and seeking a better position are among the readily accepted
||Education--the school's name, the city in which
it is located, the years you attended it, the diploma or certificate
you earned, and the course of studies you pursued.
||Other qualifications--hobbies, organizations
you belong to, honours you have received, and leadership positions you
||Office machines, tools, and equipment you have
used and skills that you possess.
Know thy job.
gather specific information about the jobs you are applying for. You
need to know the pay range (so you can make their top your bottom),
education and experience usually required, hours and shifts usually
worked. Most importantly, you need to know the job duties (so that you
can describe your experience in terms. of those duties). Study the job
description. Some job announcements, especially those issued by a
government, even have a checklist that assigns a numerical weight to
different qualifications so that you can be certain as to which is the
most important; looking at such announcements will give you an idea of
what employers look for even if you do not wish to apply for a
government job. If the announcement or ad is vague, call the employer to
learn what is sought.
Once you have the information you need, you can
prepare a resume. You may need to prepare more than one master resume if
you are going to look for different kinds of jobs. Otherwise, your
resume will not fit the job you seek.