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Resource: Resume Info
Resume FAQs
Monday, January 23, 2012

Q: Why so much emphasis on resumes?

A: The reason people put so much time and effort into putting together a resume is that it's the one aspect of their job search that they have control over. Instead of picking up a phone to call propective employer to request an in-person meeting, people use their resumes to do the talking for them without having to deal with the risk of rejection head on.

The truth is, submitting a resume alone usually isn't enough to get someone hired. The resume is meant to get an interview and once getting an interview your personality makes up for 40 percent of the decision.

Q: What makes a great resume?

A: Simplicity is key. A resume should only be one to two pages max. The average resume gets about 10 seconds of reading time so make sure it's written clearly and concisely enough to be understood in an instant.
  • Don't make it too fancy, stick to a traditional layout. Font should be very basic, between 10-12 point size, and black on white paper. Your name and heading can be a different size but try to be consistent with the rest of the document. Try not to overdue bold, italics, and underlining.
  • Use a chronlogical order that starts with the most recently held position at the top then work backwards. List your accomplishments in each category in a bulleted list and begin with verbs.
  • Don't include personal information that isn't relevant to the job description, if it's that important to mention you can bring it up later on in an interview. Employers don't care too much about it when reading a resume.
  • Leave photos out of resumes. They look unprofessional and are unnecessary.
Q: Along with a resume, what really makes a hiring manager want to give you the job?

A: You've probably seen the word everywhere by now: Networking. While online job boards have made it that much easier for you to find open positions at your computer, there's a trade off with that advantage. In today's job market, the effort that would have been used toward contacting an employer about a job, you need to contact everyone else you know. That's how to increase your chances of getting an interview. about 60 percent of people who find jobs have found them through networking. Trying to reach an employer by sending a resume through their website is almost like throwing it away. Without establishing a personal connection with them, you're as good as forgotten.

Think of people you used to work with, friends, family members, neighbors, old classmates--anyone you know. Contact them as well as companies. You never know who will be hiring and you don't want to miss out on an opportunity because you overlooked it. Be thorough in your job search, look high and low; far and wide.

Q: What is the biggest issue in getting a resume noticed?

A: People tend to put way too much thought into who is reading it. Often times the reader has little to do with the job, like a recruiter or someone in Human Resources. They look for the qualities in your resume that prove that you're the right person for the job.

Q: How much help does social networking media offer?

A: Things like LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook are actually extremely helpful. Companies use social media to reach their audience and it works both ways. You're able to interact with people within the company on a typically more casual platform as opposed to just sending in a resume along with a bunch of other faceless applicants. Social media profiles show companies and employers a personality behind the paper and is a great way to gain some
attention.

Q: What's the number one thing for jobseekers to remember?

A: No guts, no glory. Don't be shy or robotic. Landing a job means you have to beat out the competition and doing so requires taking initiative and perseverance. Resumes are just a tiny aspect of the job-hunting process.  If getting a job relied solely on a resume it would be impossible for hiring managers to narrow it down to just one person. A good resume is your ticket to making an even better face-to-face impression in an interview and that takes a lot of hard work. But most of all, you have to believe you deserve it and that be able to prove that you really are the best candidate. No one enjoys being rejected, but it doesn't hurt anything but your pride--if you let it. Knowing that you made the effort and took a chance even though you didn't get it is a much better feeling in the end than not trying
and getting the same result.