The resume represents the culmination of a significant commitment in time, research, investment, and resolve, to craft a unique document that encapsulates one's career experience, distinctive values, and core competencies. For the job seeker, the resume is the 'critical mass' or nucleus that inspires and motivates the prospective employer to open their interview doors for a potential candidate. Although not officially patented or trademarked, the resume represents your 'Intellectual Property'. It defines a personal 'brand' which differentiates you from other potential candidates. This differentiation also extends to the style, structure, content, and, unique visual appeal of the resume.
Impress - You've got to IMPRESS the employer...Tell your unique story...and the EASIEST way to do that is to give them a resume that you would want to read if you were the employer. Provide names and contact information of references and former employers; don't make them have to dig for this information. Follow up on your resume leaving your name and telephone number.
Your cover letter and resume is your poster child and the first impression on prospective employers. Starting from the cover letter, you need to convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the open position and that you are really motivated to do exactly this job. You are not the only person sending application documents, most likely there are many resumes from your competitors the organization or company is going to receive. If you don't write a cover letter and resume that stands out of the crowd, your chances of being invited for a job interview are remote.
Following that train of thought, I have always believed that you should have a number of different resumes prepared. In a previous article, I talked about having the wherewithal to adapt one's elevator speech to the situation one finds him or herself in. Likewise, the cover letter and resume you send should be tailored to the needs of the person receiving it.
Attract - You need a strategy to attract the employer to your resume, the only way to do this is to get resume writing assistance from the best resume writing resources available. Don't be ashamed to ask for help writing your resume, expert resume writing will capture your work experience in a way that will attract employers and entice them to read your professionally written resume and resume cover letter. Ask yourself; is job resume easy on the eye and the first page an attention grabber? Is the font size pleasing to the eye and easy to read or is the font so small the reviewer need bifocals to read the print?
This is why we need to become increasingly competent in the job search and application process in order to be noticed from the rest of the competition. Application you send to the prospective employer will make a major impact on you being hired or not. A CV or a resume and the cover letter are the key application documents for employment and a good resume is the key to success in ending your job search. While some of us are blessed with good writing skills as well as knowledge of resume writing, many are at a loss in creating an impressive resume. It is then a wise decision to get resume writing assistance from a third party that is competent in the matter.
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