I get calls and notes from job seekers asking me about all kinds of crazy plans to get certifications, take classes, pay job placement agencies, or otherwise spend a lot of money trying to get a job. What do I say? One, never pay anyone who says they can place you in a job; and two, before you invest a huge amount of time and money into something you may not need, look at the simple fixes first--like your resume.
Look at this note I got from Rebecca:
Just a note to say THANK YOU for your help. Since I sent my newly revised resume, my phone is ringing and I am also receiving offers from e-mails for jobs. You Are GREAT!
She revised her resume and her phone started ringing. Does your resume need a revision, too?
- Does it have an objective statement that sells you? (Not sure? Read this: Resume Objective Statements Help You Get the Interview )
- Have you quantified your accomplishments? This means to describe your accomplishments in terms of numbers, dollars, and percentages. This is the #1 thing you can do to improve your resume. (Read more about this here: Write a Resume That POPS! Redo It With Numbers That Quantify Your Experience )
- Is it easy to read and take in your information? Remove long, dense paragraphs from your resume and replace them with bullet points. (Read: 3 Simple Things You Can Do To Strengthen Your Resume )
If you do these things, your resume will attract much more attention from hiring managers / employers, and you'll get interviews.
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