What leaps to mind when someone mentions resume fraud? A high-profile executive that is fired in disgrace after lying about the college degrees they never obtained? While that still happens, the newer resume fraud occurs when a jobseeker steals content, often just copying and pasting information from someone else's resume. Blogs abound with stories of a shocked poster who comes across their resume online with someone else's name on it, virtually word for word. It is particularly rampant in the IT industry, where shady offshore recruiting firms copy US resumes for their clients to make them more marketable in America.
Just like a chronological resume, a functional one should start with a very compelling objective statement. The objective statement is where you will place the information you think is the most appealing to a potential employer. It is also the place where you will list any of your personal career goals. It is my belief that this is the most important sentence in your resume. If you get it right, the reader will want to read the rest of your resume. If you get it wrong, the reader will probably not read the rest of your resume will set aside for another more appealing option. Try to focus on how you feel you were skills will benefit the employer. Show them how you can help them accomplish their corporate goals.
Studies have shown that Recruiters and Employers will not spend too much time reviewing a resume. If in 30 seconds to a minute, the resume does not grab their attention, it will be discarded. There's been a lot of talk lately about resume editing services. It wasn't so long ago when to most people editing a resume meant having a spouse or friend look over the document. But, in today's competitive market it can be a good idea to turn to the professionals for resume editing. Resume editing services have a lot to offer and you can benefit tremendously from their services.
Job description example: Seeking attorney with 1-3 years experience in commercial litigation (breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, consumer fraud and business torts). Candidates must have excellent writing skills, good oral advocacy skills, strong work ethic, be licensed in Texas, and have a good academic background. The keywords you should select to appear on your attorney resume based on this job description are: commercial litigation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, consumer fraud, business torts, excellent writing skills, good oral advocacy skills, strong work ethic, and licensed in Texas.
Your resume is a marketing tool designed to land you an interview. It is not a biography. Because the modern resume is a marketing tool, it's best to keep personal interests, hobbies, and other non-essential materials for the interview process as a way to "break the ice." If you are keen on listing organizations, affiliations, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities on your legal resume, only list those that are relevant to your practice as a legal professional, or that are directly related to your targeted job. Again, if it's not related to your practice or the position, do not include it.
Properly used, video resumes can be an excellent format to showcase job experience as well as polished communications skills. There is still a novel aspect to video resumes so making still shows a willingness to embrace new technology and think outside the box. As long as applicants understand a company's resume submission policies, as well as ensure that their video is professional and in a venue a potential employer may frequent, it increases the chances this new form of resume can help and not hinder their chances of finding employment.
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