Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eliminate dead weight from your resume to get the job interview

Improving your resume can sometimes easily be done by removing unnecessary info. Keep in mind that you should be able to fit it all onto one page, and one page only. While being concise certainly improves comprehension, the content should also be tailored to the job you are applying for.
Here are 5 tips to polish your resume into a gem:

  1. Delete graduation dates. Aside from saving space, this will also prevent age-discrimination.
  2. Eliminate the "Personal" section. You are not looking for a date, but a job. Your marital status, etc. is completely irrelevant and none of your potential employer's business at this stage.
  3. Don't include your photo. Again, you should not be hired for your looks, but your skills and experience. You will be able to make a good first impression and turn on your charm during your interview soon enough.
  4. Avoid including jobs from more than 10 years ago, no matter how relevant they may seem. On the same side of the coin only list positions that showcase the required skills for the position you are applying for. If you are currently a Vocational Rehab client looking for a new career path, you might be able to filter transferrable skills from your previous work experiences. Ask your counselor or employment specialist for advice if you are not sure how to proceed here.
  5. Get rid of time gaps by briefly explaining your activity during the time you were not employed. If you were injured and not able to work as a result of that injury you could simply state "recovered from injuries after accident" or "sick leave." Otherwise list part time and freelance work, or whatever applies. 

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