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How to Create a Professional Resume

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Great resumes do not build themselves. They are written, then revised and proofread many times. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t send it out after the first draft or two. If a position you want comes up and you need to apply for it right away or lose the opportunity, then by all means, send out what you have prepared.

Just remember to revise it, proofread it – and have your friends and family to do also – to ensure it is free from errors and reads well.

Making a resume free from errors includes typos and grammatical issues, too. One of the things that is commonly found in resumes is an inconsistency in grammar (and also in other areas). For instance, if you use bullets at the top of your resume and then use dashes near the bottom, it jars the reader’s eyes. Yes, little things like that do matter. Another example is when an individual uses different tenses in the same employment history description (i.e. directed employees, cultivating relationships, supervise, etc.). The only time there should be a tense change is if you prefer to use present tense in your current job and past tense in previously held jobs.

When you build a professional resume, it is helpful to compare it to a resume checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything or add something that you should omit.

Some things to omit include:

– A picture of yourself
– Personal information, such as your collection of Star Wars figures
– Your date of birth
– Religious, ethnic and/or gender statements
– Anything that isn’t absolutely pertinent to the position of interest

The last thing that needs to be covered here is the tendency of some job applicants to “embellish” their resume or outright lie on it.
You cannot build a professional resume on deception. If there is anything you think you need to overcome, you can handle it in the cover letter or in the interview.

Making Electronic Resumes Work

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Electronic resumes are resumes that are submitted electronically, whether via email, a website or database, or through scanning. It’s very common to be asked to submit a resume electronically because doing so makes organization on the company’s end simple. Most companies now require that someone scan paper resumes into a computer for filing and sorting, so if it is already submitting electronically, this step is eliminated.

As a result, you may find yourself submitting a resume via a website that allows you to cut and paste a text version or browse and submit a .Doc or .PDF version. Some companies may ask for you to submit yours via email. If you are beginning a job search and are unfamiliar with any of these technologies, it’s good to brush up on them as soon as possible. This way, you won’t feel lost if you’re required to submit via an electronic format.

With electronic resumes, especially those that are submitted through a website format, it is a good idea to consider incorporating strategic keywords. What are keywords? They are specific words found throughout the resume that help the hiring manager determine how closely matched your skills are to the industry and job position you’re applying for. They are important when submitting electronic resumes because many companies use specific software to pinpoint these keywords. So if you want to tackle this head-on, it’s good to find words that define your industry and the job you’re applying for then strategically place them throughout your electronic resume.

While companies have made the process of submitting resumes much simpler by allowing us to submit them electronically, it’s still a good idea to incorporate the traditional resume into your process. In other words, even if a company asks that job applicants submit resumes via a website or email, if you’re really serious about the job then it doesn’t hurt to also follow up with a hard copy of your resume that you send via U.S. mail. Yeah, it’s true; this means you’ll still need to buy resume paper. But to go through this extra step can keep your name in the hiring manager’s mouth – a definite bonus.