As the current economy continues to flounder and the job market is volatile at best, it is now more important than ever to showcase occupational strengths and skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, the unemployment rate is decreasing, yet there remain more than 6.1 million individuals in the U.S. who are unemployed.
Current employers are looking for job ready, capable, flexible, and qualified workers who can offer innovation, modernism, and improvement along with solid communication skills, analytical ability and are technologically savvy.
The secret to a successfully showcasing your talents, abilities and expertise begins with a high-quality resume. A resume is the first glimpse a potential employer will have of you as a prospective addition to their staff. This is a chance to successfully promote your abilities and proficiency as a worker and get noticed and (fingers crossed!) hired.
Think of a resume as a collection of facts and statistics that will show employers why you would be an asset to their business. A resume is a compilation of everything you have learned and mastered and the talents and flair you possess.
Resumes are like advertising for your capabilities. Consider an advertisement that catches your attention. Attractive ads have flair, bright colors, a catchy theme song, or they appeal to a situation or circumstance you can relate to. A resume is much like an advertisement, except you are the market product.
Begin by stating your individual objective. Employers do not know your long term intentions, and stating a solid objective is a great way to lay the groundwork for a successful resume. Be positive, to the point and consider the requirements and needs of the employer.
Next, begin to highlight past job experience. Familiarity and understanding of the aptitude and abilities required for a specific job is vital to employers looking for potential employees. If you have 10 years job experience working with a home health agency, and you are applying at an assisted living facility, emphasize that experience and knowledge and allow employers to see the length of time and fluency you have. This is one of the most important aspects of the resume. How do these talents and accomplishments define you? Be sure to proof read and state facts in a crisp and simply manner.
Next, provide a summary of your educational background. Even if you took classes you were unable to finish, list the course information. Any kind of additional knowledge you obtain that provides additional authority on subject(s) that are relevant to the job you are applying for is a positive addition to the body of the resume.
The rest of the resume list information you believe is going to give you the biggest boost and get you noticed. This list could include any awards you have received, activities you are involved in, charities and/or volunteer work, any foreign languages you may speak and other information you feel is going to append and enhance your resume.
There are a plethora of resume links available on the Internet. Many of these sites allow you to use templates and insert your personal information. There are a few types of resumes available: chronological, functional or combination. These are simply different resume formats and can be found at countless websites.
The key to a successful job search is to showcase you. Promote your gifts, your knack for detail for your research abilities. Endorse your experiences, your strong worth ethic or your flexibility. Take all of your best qualities and understanding and spill them into your resume, creating a unparalleled chronicle of why soon-to-be employers simply cannot live without you.