How to prepare a first-class resume
Whether you are a young graduate or already have a long career behind you, if you are looking for a job, you must be ready to do a complete review of your resume and this, for almost every job you will be applying for. The formal contents may not change but the way you present your professional background necessarily will. Bear in mind that there are many candidates for a limited number of jobs and that you are not the only one who seems to fit the job description. Moreover, it is not the best candidate that is selected for an interview, but the best resume.
The purpose of the resume is to present your professional and educational background, as well as your credentials, in their most favorable light. But don’t forget that the primary objective is to get an interview which is why your resume must not only give a faithful description of yourself but also stick out of the bunch in some way. It is important to be concise, clear, and original in the way you chose to evoke your past achievements. Just being up for the job may not be enough, so do not hesitate to show any creative skills you might have. Do not be superficial, colors are not useful for example, but rather try to use your imagination in the organization and general layout of the resume.
You have just read an ad that tickled your curiosity and struck you as a great opportunity. Before you even think about applying, you should do some quick research on the firm, its environment, its employees, and its different fields. This first step is of the utmost importance. The more you know about the people that are hiring you, the more likely you will be to appeal to them. Not to mention that you do not want to show up for the interview and realize that you have imagined a perfectly matched dream job that actually really does not fit you at all. You might not even want this job. Think it over and make a reasonable decision because you do not want to lose precious time on a job that you do not really want. Besides, if you do not really want it, then it probably does not suit you and this will probably show sooner or later whether in your resume or during the interview. If, after thought, the job does seem to meet your expectations, then, before you actually start writing your resume, you should investigate exactly what kind of candidate the firm is looking for. If the job description provided is not clear enough, do not hesitate to phone the prospective employer for more details. If you intend to change fields or positions, be sure you know what type of job you are aiming at and make sure that you are qualified for it.
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