Rewriting Your Resume? 7 Easy Ways To Give Yourself An Upgrade

Written by Nigel Patterson

In today's competitive job market, a first class resume is an essential tool for winning an interview. The way in which you present your skills, achievements and experience on paper will profoundly affectrepparttar way in which a hiring company considers your application.

An expertly crafted resume not only capturesrepparttar 140920 attention of its reader through careful attention to layout and formatting; it also targetsrepparttar 140921 specific needs ofrepparttar 140922 potential employer by matching and highlighting your abilities and background torepparttar 140923 key requirements ofrepparttar 140924 position.

So what exactly isrepparttar 140925 'perfect resume'?

It's well-nigh impossible to get recruitment professionals to agree on this. For example, takerepparttar 140926 vexed question ofrepparttar 140927 'resume objective'. Some employers prefer to see a clearly stated objective as evidence of a candidate's career focus; others consider including an objective to be a restrictive practice -- or worse, little more than vague waffle.

So inrepparttar 140928 pursuit of a truly personalized resume, it's hardly surprising that effective practice differs from applicant to applicant -- and what suits one job-hunter may not work so well for another.

And while it's impossible to lay down hard and fast rules of best practice in resume writing, it's a whole lot easier to identify some ofrepparttar 140929 habits that can turn recruiters right off -- perhaps even sabotage a candidate's chances fromrepparttar 140930 start!

In this article, I've collected some of these common resume blunders -- so if you're looking to upgrade your resume, here's a checklist of seven easy ways to start!

1. Don't rely on a 'one size fits all' resume

If your resume is going to get yourepparttar 140931 interviews you deserve, it needs to focus onrepparttar 140932 particular demands ofrepparttar 140933 job. So unless your field is very narrow, it's likely that you'll need to adapt your resume to each specific application.

To help you target your resume, try answering these questions: you're thinking of applying for a job; what wouldrepparttar 140934 perfect applicant be like? what are their most important characteristics? what skills and attributes do they possess?

When you profilerepparttar 140935 'ideal candidate' in this way, you're putting yourself inrepparttar 140936 employer's shoes: thinking first about what matters to them and imagining what they'll be looking for when they make a short list from allrepparttar 140937 applications they'll receive.

This is a really useful exercise to help you decide which of your own abilities and achievements to spotlight in your resume.

2. Make sure you include complete contact information

Your cover letter may get separated fromrepparttar 140938 resume. Don't blithely assume that because your address and telephone number are inrepparttar 140939 cover letter, they don't need to be onrepparttar 140940 resume as well -- they do!

Ifrepparttar 140941 employer wants to get hold of you, they'll likely userepparttar 140942 phone. So ensure that you give a personal number (including area code) where you can be reached duringrepparttar 140943 day or where messages can be left. Include a cell phone number and e-mail address where possible.

Don't Settle

Written by Nan S. Russell

Chuck wasrepparttar best ofrepparttar 140919 twenty-four candidates. Still, he didn't have exactly what I was looking for and my instincts warned me of his unusual personality. Yetrepparttar 140920 skills required forrepparttar 140921 job were specialized and he had most of them, and I'd been interviewing for five months, and my boss wantedrepparttar 140922 position filled beforerepparttar 140923 budget process started. No, he might not be perfect, but he would be ok.

So I hired Chuck. As a new manager, it was a decision I came to regret. Chuck turned out to be a marginal performer, never grew intorepparttar 140924 job, and drew frequent complaints from his teammates. It might have taken me five months to hire Chuck, but it took me eighteen to fire him. Still, I'm grateful forrepparttar 140925 experience. Chuck taught me a lesson I applied in my next twenty years in management: don't settle.

When you settle, you choose mediocrity. Don't settle forrepparttar 140926 best ofrepparttar 140927 worst. Keep looking. Don't settle for something that's barely okay. Push to make it better. Don't settle for average work from others when exceptional is needed. And don't settle for delivering good when you're capable of better. Expect more from yourself. Then expect more from others.

Whenever I've settled,repparttar 140928 work or decision comes back like a boomerang, reminding me to keep my standards high. As W. Somerset Maugham says, "It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything butrepparttar 140929 best, you very often get it." I know that's been my experience.

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