Consumer Watch: How to write a good resume to get you noticed - and land a job

Consumer Watch: How to write a good resume to get you noticed - and land a job

May 24th, 2019 by Ellen Phillips in Business Diary

Ellen Phillips

Ellen Phillips

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A good friend recently asked me to help her niece write a job application resume. In going back through my files, I realized anew that resume-writing is a great talent to learn (or to teach). Seriously, savvy consumers have no need to pay a chunk of change for a professional job if they follow today's tips. First, though, keep the following in mind:.

DO

* As a minimum, include your name, phone number, email address, and the current location of residence.

* Consider including social media profiles that are relevant to the position, such as a detailed LinkedIn profile. Other profiles like Twitter, Medium and Instagram, may be valuable for certain roles.

* Make a point of specifying your advance degree or certification as part of your name on the first page of your resume. For example: Ellen H. Phillips, M. ED and Post-Masters Certification

* Call attention to your proud-as-punch, career-making achievements and prestigious honors.

DON'T

* Use an unprofessional email address, like SweetSally@hotmail.com. Rather, create a separate professional email – Sally.E.Sanders@gmail.com - if you don't already have one.

* Include personal information, such as marital status, nationality or religious affiliation.

* Include a professional headshot if you are applying for a job in the United Kingdom or North America.

Now on to the meat and potatoes:

* Use a color paper other than white. Too much white gets lost in the shuffle; I prefer cream color or, especially, gray.

* Utilize an inside contact. (As my daddy always exclaimed, "It's not WHAT you know; it's WHO you know.") Try to meet someone from the company, or a friend of a friend setting. Just remember that people like to hire applicants they know (or, as someone people know who know you).

* Send as a certified letter, return receipt requested. The recipient of the letter must sign for it, which tells you, the sender, it's reached the right hands, plus the return receipt is your proof of acceptance.

* Perhaps deliver the resume in person. Ask for the hiring manager by name and say you need to discuss the current job opening with him.

* Determine your objective prior to writing the resume. Clearly state what sort of a job you want, knowing in advance what kinds of skills and experiences are needed for that position. Then structure the content of your resume around that clear objective.

(Keep in mind, the single and most important goal of a resume is to obtain an interview. The resume is simply a marketing tool to get you in the company and in front of your potential boss. Once in, you need to sell yourself and close the deal.)

Contact Ellen Phillips at consumerwatch@timesfreepress.com.