How to build, proof the perfext resume

How to build, proof the perfext resume

June 23rd, 2012 ARA Content in Jobs

In today's competitive job market, employers can receive literally hundreds of responses to a posted job. A résumé often creates the first impression a prospective employer will form about each candidate - and that first impression forms quickly. According to Business Insider, a career website, research shows "recruiters spend about six seconds before they make the initial 'fit/no fit' decision." A résumé is an important marketing tool that introduces you to a prospective employer in the professional world. It's a 30-second commercial for yourself. It's all about the proper sequencing of information relevant to the employer.

To this end, the objective is a good place to start. The objective should clearly identify the type of position you qualify for and provide a succinct statement of your goal.

Think carefully about - and always double-check - spelling. It can help to let someone else proofread the résumé. An extra set of eyes often finds mistakes.

What do spelling errors tell an employer about you? Monster says it tells them, "This person obviously doesn't care." Grammatical errors also throw up a red flag. The format of the résumé is the next consideration. Use a legible typeface and a readable point size.

Once the résumé is in top form, you have a better chance of landing an interview. After the interview, it is appropriate to send a thank you note.

Write a draft of the note before writing on a card.

When looking for employment, every step tells prospective employers about your communication skills. Whether you're speaking on the phone or submitting a résumé, you are conveying a message about your knowledge and ability. Putting in your best effort can pay off with the job you are pursuing.