Written by Meredith Pond

Withrepparttar economy threatening a recession, many corporations aren't doing as well as their profit projections have predicted. As a result, thousands of people are being laid off every week. All of these people are out there looking for a shrinking number of high-paying jobs withrepparttar 129817 few companies that ARE financially sound. If you're one of those unfortunate professionals who has been left to hunt for a new job, it's more important than ever that you make a good first impression.

Most people would assume thatrepparttar 129818 first opportunity to make an impression on a company arises atrepparttar 129819 first personal interview. As reasonable as that sounds, reality is a bit less obvious. Have you ever stopped to think thatrepparttar 129820 absolute first impression you make on a potential employer is made through your resume?

As you might expect, most HR managers will start by sorting out which resumes includerepparttar 129821 required experience, skills, and education. Contrary to popular belief, however, you won't necessarily be dismissed off-hand if you don't possess everything mentioned inrepparttar 129822 company's ad.

Many companies (especiallyrepparttar 129823 good ones) place a huge amount of importance on personality, work ethic, and general "fit" withrepparttar 129824 company and its employees. If you can get in for an interview, you have a good chance of filling those empty shoes. So how do you get your foot inrepparttar 129825 door, especially if you don't have allrepparttar 129826 required skills and education? You guessed it: your stunning resume.

When writing your resume, there are a lot of things to think about. First, always include your "objective" nearrepparttar 129827 top, right under your name and contact information. In one or two sentences, convey your desire for a challenging, long-term career with a strong company. You don't need to reveal any personal information or tell them your life story. Supplement your objective with a BRIEF, to-the-point cover letter, explaining who you are, where you sawrepparttar 129828 ad, and why you should be considered forrepparttar 129829 job.

When listing your past work experience, start withrepparttar 129830 most recent position and work your way back. When describing your duties, don't water it down too much, and be specific. Instead of saying that you were in charge of accounts payable, tell them you were responsible for accurate and timely invoice entry, as well as reviewing vouchers for errors, posting transactions, printing checks, etc.

Get Heard - Write About Lemons

Written by Liz Wertman

Unlike most, my writing has been born from necessity. The necessity to speak to those that won't listen.

Keeping a journal, writing letters (but not sending them) is an excellent way to release your hidden anger, frustration and hurt. I discovered this during a recent traumatic experience, my divorce.

I needed to say things to certain people but for various reasons couldn't. That's how my combination of journal and letter writing began. It ended up being more than a tremendous stress reliever!

I had accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in my journal that my friends relied on in their time of need. At their encouragement I put it all together and wrote an e-book "Divorce Strategy for Men and Women". I could not believe it- I wrote a book!

You can too!

We are all made up of our experiences. You don't need to be a writer, as I have proven. Everyone has a story to tell, an experience to share. Write what you know or like in my case, what you have to.

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