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Okay, so technically he didn’t say that exactly, but he might as well have been talking about [easyazon_link asin=”1438001479″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”caree07-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]resumes[/easyazon_link] when he mostly spoke those words. Not long ago people were writing eulogies to the good old resume and saying that employers didn’t even want or use them anymore, but lately that tune has changed in popular culture – the resume is back.
Here’s a little secret, though: it never left.
With all the job search apps and social networking sites that cater to businesses and jobseekers growing in popularity and importance, it’s understandable why people wrote off the resume. Sort of. Because even with all of this new technology at our fingertips, what were most of us doing when we finally found an open position that fit us? We were rushing to slap together a resume and email it out before someone else got the job.
And for employers who used to get dozens of resumes but now often receive hundreds – or more – for each position,
Because of that, we’ve put together this list of the four things you absolutely have to do on
Be flawless. This almost didn’t make the list because it should go without saying, but talk to any hiring manager about it and they’ll tell you it’s one of the top reasons they toss out resumes. Not only do you have to make sure there are no errors in the spelling, grammar, or formatting of
Know the job (and the company). If you’re applying for a job in a medical office, you’d better have a pretty good idea what it entails. Likewise if you’re working in building maintenance, as a lawyer, or in a school, sites like CareerQA can give you a great overview of different types of jobs and industries so that you won’t sound like an idiot, but it’s just as important to dig a little deeper and learn about that specific company and what their culture is like. Start by doing some Google searches, but if possible try to connect with real, live people who work there and talk to them about what it’s like. You’d be surprised how much this can influence
Show your uniqueness (but also know your audience). Recently there was a story about a hiring manager that brought someone in to
Emphasize numbers. This may seem like a silly way to stand out, but it can work wonders. Rather than letting
Josh Weiss-Roessler writes resumes professionally and is also the co-owner of Weiss-Roessler Writing. He enjoys giving career advice as well as learning and writing about a wide variety of other topics. Along with his wife, one-year-old son, and two small-but-ferocious dogs, he lives and works in Austin, Texas. Read more of his work on Twitter: @weissroessler
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