|50 Resume Tips to Propel Your Job Search to the Next Level (Step-by-Step Approach to Resume Writing) - Part 1|
A good resume is the first step to a successful
job search. Following is a step-by-step approach
to resume writing that we hope will prove useful
1) What are your priorities? What are you looking for in a job? Challenge? Work/ life balance? Career advancement? Learn to look at the job search process in terms of what you want for yourself and march towards that goal.
Basic Resume/ Brainstorming
2) Elaborate a rough version of what will eventually become your resume. Let's call this version your "basic resume." Try to recollect in the most comprehensive way possible all your accomplishments. Write them down in chronological order.
3) Use this opportunity to verify the information contained in your resume (dates, numbers, etc.).
4) Decide whether or not you should apply to the position:
5) Why not apply to as many jobs as possible?
Background Information Gathering6) If you are responding to a job posting, make sure to read it carefully to search for hidden clues. If you obtained your lead through networking, ask for details from your contact person.
7) Research the position, the industry, and the employer. What are the skills required for the position that you are interested in? How does the industry affect the position (e.g. an accounting position with a pharmaceutical firm requires a different set of knowledge than an accounting position with a mining company)? What is the employer's corporate philosophy and how does it impact the nature of the position? These are all questions you should be able to answer once you have done your research.
8) Choose the main headings for your resume. Objective, Summary of Qualifications, Work Experience, Education, Computer Skills, Languages, etc.
9) In addition to the usual headings, you should consider adding specific headings that will be of interest to the recruiter, such as: Computer Skills, Languages, Professional Associations, Community Involvement, Extracurricular Activities, etc.
10) Make sure the additional headings you add are relevant to the position you are applying to and think in practical terms. Many details are often omitted from job postings, but if you can read between the lines and do proper research, you can always come up with additional needs that the employer has but that are not stated. For instance, you may notice that the employer's office is located in a neighborhood with a strong immigrant population. How about drawing attention to your multilingual background or your openness to other cultures?
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