by Mickey Mixon
The Resume is the first, and at most times the most important part of applying for a job. Since potential employers have to whittle down practically hundreds of applications to a few valid ones, they will have to base their narrowing down efforts using the resumes they have collected.
Studies have shown that about half of the employers decide to accept or reject job applications based on the related work experience listed in the resume. A third of the employers decide to reject or accept these job applications based on the layout design of your resume.
1. Make Your Resume Stand Out
When preparing your resume, make sure it stands out among the rest. It should be the type that is appealing to the eyes, making the evaluating personnel want to read it. Step two is for you to make sure your resume lists your related work experience that you have had in relation to the job you are applying for.
2. Make Your Resume Concise and Relevant
Avoid making your resume too long. Remember that the employer is a person to whom time is important. A 1 page resume is best to get an interview. A longer multi-page resume can be taken to the interview.
3. Always tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying
You may have had previous experience that may not be related to the job you are applying for. Most smart job seekers keep several different versions of their resume for different job opening purposes. Make sure your resume is appropriate for the job. A one-size-fits-all resume may not be the best way to go since the employer will have the impression that your previous efforts have not been focused enough to produce any specialization on your part.
4. Write about your achievements/accomplishments
You may add your achievements, but make your statements factual and relevant. It does not do harm to advertise yourself, but make your advertisement factual and not just hot air. Never list your weak points, as the resume is not the avenue for such discussions.
5. Polish Your Resume
Your employer will know if you have put enough time producing your resume. If he/she sees that you have put sufficient and thorough effort into your resume, he/she will assume that you will do the same in your work.
About the Author – Mickey Mixon
Sugar Land Businessman Mickey Mixon is a Licensed Private Investigator, www.AIB-Inc.com and a Talented Internet Marketer specializing in New Media and Affiliate Marketing http://PopGoesTheBiz.com . Mickey’s career includes a 15 year career in Houston Texas area retailing, owning stores in 5 malls until 1998. In 1997 he formed the PI firm American Information Bureau/American Investigation Brokers LLC. In 1996 he published his first book, Job Search Survival ,with an updated edition released on July 4, 2009. He is also Ministry Coordinator for the SCBC Job’s Ministry in Sugar Land TX. Contact Mickey at JobSearchSurvival@gmail.com http://www.JobSearchSurvival.com