Let’s face it.. No one likes writing their resume, NO ONE. And sometimes we fall into the habit of putting together a resume in a hurry, and not stopping to take the time to check details like spelling, grammar, formatting, etc. And while you may think that your extensive and impressive work experience is enough to outweigh these types of things, unfortunately it’s not. Your resume is the first representation of yourself that a potential employer sees, this is the first impression you’re making and you want to be sure to stand out from the rest of the resumes on the employer’s desk. Taking the extra minute or two needed to hit the “spell check” button and make the appropriate corrections could make a difference on whether your resume is pulled out of the pile. But by not taking the time to format properly, align fonts, or double check that tenses are written correctly could also land your resume into the “not interested” pile. And please resist the urge to have different colors in your resume. You may think that it would be more visually appealing but, as a recruiter, I find it to be very distracting resulting in it being less likely to be given the same amount of reading time. And just think, if you do it right the first time how much easier it will be going forward when all you’ll have to do is update it with your most recent experience? Make sure you still are paying attention to formatting when making additions. You always want to make sure that it’s cohesive and reads easily. So where do you start? Me personally, I always try to start by making a list (I’m big on “to-do” lists and checklists) of what highlights I am presenting, and what I’m trying to accomplish in writing my resume before sending to an employer. Here’s a start.. Objective (you ideally want this to be tailored towards the type of role you’re applying for) Relevant work experience/timelines Education & coursework Awards or honors Volunteering Features/Skills Benefits Accomplishments Formatting (bullets vs. paragraphs) Given that I’m a recruiter, I am frequently asked to review resumes of friends, family etc. and I agree to do it as long as they’re ok with me making changes or being honest. So lastly, send your resume to someone whose opinion you value and trust (I suggest a former manager, teacher, recruiter, family member or friend) and ask them for honest opinion. But you have to be open to hearing what they’re recommending and not take offense, they’re just trying to help.
Now, get out there and teach our resume the new trick of being a dynamite, standout resume! Here are a few resources for you: https://www.myperfectresume.com/ https://www.resume-now.com/ https://resumegenius.com/ https://www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/Resumes/ResumeGuide/WritingYourResume/writing-your-resume.aspx https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-write-a-resume-2063336 https://uptowork.com/blog/how-to-make-a-resume https://www.livecareer.com/how-to-write-a-resume https://www.pomona.edu/administration/career-development/how-to/write-a-resume
This is the week of being thankful, which brings us to the topic of thank you’s! If you have had an interview recently you might be wondering HOW you should thank them. While most people prefer to send an email (which is great), mailing a handwritten note could take your thank you to the next level! Here’s why…
1- Sending a handwritten thank you card delivers a special meaning, which is important if you want to make an impression.
2- Mailing a thank you also provides something they can hold in their hands and look over versus missing it in their already full in box.
3- When a prospective employer receives a thank you note it will help you stand out and set you apart from the other candidates.
4- No need to spend a ton of money to make an impression. Just pick up a box of simple thank you cards in the stationary department at Target, Walmart, or even online. You can also find them at stores such as the Dollar Tree as well!
You should still be sure to send that first thank you email within 24-48 hours, but then follow up with your handwritten thank you that same week. You can even slip your [business card] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/cb795458-c78b-5403-abca-08908c09d94e) inside with your contact information.
Good luck! : )
Hi! What a treat to meet so many awesome Jobcasers last week in Chicago. I"ll write more later but this is a quick reminder to be aggressive in following up on any leads from the event! If employers said they would call you and haven't - give them a call. Suggest the following: "Hi, I really enjoyed meeting your reps at a Chicago Jobfair last week and just want to check to make sure you have my application". Then on this call or another "Great, I wonder if I could schedule time to meet with a hiring manager".
Best Case - you show you are proactive and get your application moved along and maybe even yelp yourself stand out!
Worst Case - you dont get the role (you already dont have the role now, so not really a worst case is it? We all go through rejection - it actually helps to get it earlier so you know were to spend your time.