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.
For a good number of folks, job search equals resume. Job search equals scanning as many help wanted pages as possible and mailing resumes wherever possible. It also includes attending as many job fairs as possible. And lastly, it would include applying to as many online job postings as possible on Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com or any job board on the internet.
The movie Legally Blonde showed Elle Woods, a young woman wowing Harvard Law School with a video resume outlining her unique and interesting talents. While video resumes are still not the norm, many wonder if the best way to differentiate themselves from others is to use video instead of the traditional paper resume. While an effective video resume can help a person seeking a job or slot at a prestigious college, there are definite pros and cons.
This almost precludes sending out mass resumes or dropping off 50 resumes at a job fair. Having multiple or adaptable resumes mean researching and targeting. In essence you should have two core resumes. The first resume is the one that you would send ahead. The second resume would be the one you leave behind after the interview. Because while I do think that Richard Bolles is dead on, sometimes you have to send a resume ahead of you.
A sobering reality check dictates that information invariably proliferates at 'warp' speed in cyberspace once the 'send' key is depressed on a PC. The more extensive the utilization and distribution of your resume on the world-wide-web, the greater the risk that your 'intellectual property' or, 'one-of-a-kind' resume will potentially land in the hands of unscrupulous and cunning opportunists located anywhere on the globe.
When gaps in employment occur - especially for explainable and legitimate reasons - use the functional format which emphasizes accomplishments in employment rather than indicating when you worked. If you are changing your career or are returning to civilian employment from government work, use the functional or the hybrid format to emphasize your ability to transfer learned skills, accomplishments, leadership, and rigorous training to move into the employment of the profit or non-profit arena. In addition, retired, injured, downsized, and older workers returning to employment may elect to choose the functional or hybrid model.
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