The Resume is a passport
Is your resume a passport to a better future? or is it a stagnant, ordinary piece of work that doesn't attract much attention?
I believe it's a VITAL career Investment, and in this post we will evaluate whether your resume is helping or hindering your future security, satisfaction and success rates at the job application stage.
I have a picture in my head of how I would like to spend the rest of my life.. it looks something like this.. loads of freedom, loads of money, and loads of dreams fulfilled! Your future may look a bit different, but deep down we are all a bit the same. Very few of us want to be working so long and hard that we forget, or don't have time for the simple stuff!. Now what has this got to do with your resume? well, EVERYTHING!
Your resume gets you either noticed or ignored It holds POWER and may mean the difference between staying in a dull, poorly paid job to gaining a career filled with job satisfaction. It's the KEY to unlocking a new pathway and perhaps a better life!
Resumes need to be all of the following:
Continuously updated and revised by edition and adding new jobs/skills/training
Contain current industry/workplace standards by using correct terms and contemporary language
To be a true reflection of your worth and potential
Read as non-arrogant yet not too humble either
Be totally free of spelling and grammatical errors
Pack a punch and engage the reader - not looking like a cookie cutter resume
Have relevant referees who you KNOW are 100% trustworthy
Be truthful and honest without "too much information"
Match the job you are applying for, and include details of skills, experience and knowledge that can be reconciled against the job advertised (making the reader's life easier as they can see a correlation /connection, enough to place you on the short list)
It's THE most important career document you possess. It can either yield you an interview or it can make your application obsolete.
So, where do you start? here's a guide:-Get hold of your resume, read over and better still, have an objective third party review the layout and contents.
Obtain an expert opinion -HR professional or recruiter
Test the market - if your resume is successful, then more often than not, you will be called in for an interview, if however, you are NOT contacted... Houston, we have a problem resume!