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The key to getting your foot in the door with a company is to write a winning resume. Those who write winning resumes show that they are truly interested in the position and explain why they are a good fit for the job. What are some other differences between a winning and losing resume?
1) Winning Resumes Are Concise
Nobody wants to read a cover letter that exceeds one page or read a resume that goes on forever. The goal is to tell the employer enough about yourself to get an interview without telling so much that there is nothing to talk about at the interview. Take a look at [easyazon_link asin=”0471263656″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”caree07-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Winning Resumes, 2nd Edition[/easyazon_link] – a great book to help you get that winning resume.
2) Winning Resumes Are Tailored for the Job Being Applied For
A hiring manager will know if you have sent a resume merely to send a resume. The cover letter should have relevant keywords and talk specifically about the company or the position being applied for. Otherwise, it will get thrown in the garbage.
3) Winning Resumes Don’t Lie or Exaggerate
Potential employers can and will do background checks on job candidates before an interview. If you lie or exaggerate on a resume, they will know about it. Even if they don’t find out, it still makes you seem insecure about yourself if you have to lie.
4) Winning Resumes Are Free From Spelling or Grammar Issues
Misspelling words or adding multiple commas where they don’t belong are the hallmarks of distracting text. If you can’t bother to proofread your work on an important document such as a resume, when can you be counted on to produce quality work?
5) Winning Resumes Are Formatted Properly
A good resume will have your contact information on the top of the first page and will flow nicely. You should start with a cover letter, follow with your professional experience and then finish with your education and other skills. This will allow the employer to see what you have done professionally and in the classroom to decide if you are worth interviewing. If you are going to use a unique or clever format, make sure that you include the pertinent information first to increase the odds of an interview. If you don’t really have an eye for resume formatting, get help from a professional resume writer who can polish it up and tailor it to your industry.
More – 5 Steps to a Great Resume
The differences between a winning and losing resume can often be subtle. By sending in only your best work, you increase the odds of impressing a hiring manager and getting the chance to talk more about the job that you applied for.
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