Remember to put yourself into the head and eyes of an HR assistant who has the job of glancing at resumes and selecting a few for their boss to look at. Get right to the point. Make it as sharp as a knife. Do not list every job you had. In fact, you could summarize them all into one brief paragraph. Focus not on describing in detail each job, but on the keywords that relate to your skills and the talents required by the job for which you are applying.
Resumes are first read by an assistant or by a computer. They look for the same keywords that they used in the job posting and description. If you have them, then your resume gets read by a decision maker. So you need to customize your resume to use the same keywords as the job postings you apply for. — Do not focus on making a long list of jobs that you had. Focus on what talents and experience you have that relates to the hire that they need. Do not try to impress with a lot of words.
Include a paragraph that talks about you, not just what you know. Who are you? What do you bring to the company besides experience and training? What people skills do you possess? Companies are looking for team players.
What are your future plans? How do they fit in with the company’s future plans? Be honest.
You should even mention what recreational activities you enjoy. Are you a runner? A biker? A bowler? Are you a family man? Are you looking for a company to grow with? Do you participate in any charitable activities, clubs, etc.? What interests do you have outside of work?
Companies are not just looking for a person with the right training and experience: There are thousands of those people. They are looking for someone who will be the right fit for them and their current employees. Show that you are a multi-faceted, fun, likeable person with lots of interests.
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