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Tweak Your Professional Resumes to Win the Job

February 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

Have you thought about how the Internet and fast-paced technology made the job search process faster and easier than before?

Studies point out that majority of job seekers who do so actually got better and immediate results, like obtaining an appointment, rather than just sweating out on old, traditional ways of job hunting.

Trends and Risk

Searching for job listings and posting resumes online have been the trend nowadays. Employers receive thousands of them every day, and the difficult part is to rummage through the pile to find candidates with the best potentials.

In addition, many employers are more careful about opening e-mail attachments from unknown senders because they usually contain virus. This avoids any disruption of computer-related activities that are important to get their work done.

With all the tasks every hiring company needs to go through, many of them resort to using software programs that serve as gatekeepers in scanning and sorting out applications. They can easily eliminate applications that do not contain the requirements of the vacancy. More importantly, they help make a shortlist of qualified applicants just by locating the relevant keywords specific to the vacant position.

If you are a job seeker, how are you going to make your application land on the qualified list? My answer is: you need to tweak professional resumes to make them really stand out. Writing applications requires targeting jobs that are suitable to you. Various national online recruitment web sites allow you to post one or more versions of your application, to be accessed by many employers.

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Carefully read the employers' or recruiters' instructions on how to go about the application process. This is to avoid committing mistakes or to prevent missing anything, which can be a waste of time and money. If the given instructions are vague, contact the employer's human resources staff for clarification.

Place a "Career Summary" section on top of your copy to describe your accomplishments and skills developed from your work experiences. By using keywords and industry jargons, you will more likely land a spot after the elimination process.

Make a self-assessment plan so you can dig deep within yourself and find interesting details to put into your resume. Do not send applications for the same position multiple times if you know you are not qualified. Or else, employers and hiring manager will perceive you as a "spammer" and eventually get you banned.

In terms of visual appearance, it is recommended that you choose simple designs and formats. Minimize, if not eliminate, the use of indents, shading, and graphics. To avoid formatting problems when you submit your copy online, make sure to use type fonts that are standard and available to most computer types. However, you need to carefully observe the readability of your application.

Let your prospective employer feel that you are very eager to work for them by promptly attending and responding to their communications online. Prior to submitting your professional resumes, take time to confirm if the job is still open so the human resources people can easily sense your enthusiasm in winning the post.

Nelson Mullins is a former corporate hiring and recruitment expert who regularly writes articles on resumes, resume writing, personality development, and career in general. He is a father of three who also enjoys photography and biking. Nelson believes that while the employment world continues to be a rat race for applicants, it is important to always be equipped with new ideas on sustaining career growth and opportunities.

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