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To include or not to include? That is the question.

Lately, I feel like I have read article after article on etiquette tips for job-seekers. At first, it concerned me because I thought everybody knew how to talk to a prospective employer, how to write a solid resume, and how to act in an interview. Unfortunately, I learn more and more every day that I couldn’t be more wrong.

A couple of months ago, we provided you with a phone etiquette blog written by one of our own staff members who says he’s heard it all. Now, we would like to take it a step further and discuss the next line of attack: your resume.

A resume is supposed to be the short-story version of your career. In one (or two) pages, it sums up your education, experience, and desires in a new position. It is there to be a snapshot of your work history and skills.

However, it can also be your demise. A resume can violate three basic rules pretty quickly. And you’ve heard it before, hundreds of other people are applying for the same position you are, so your resume is all you have to get your foot in the door. Why not take some extra time and make sure it is done right! Here are some tips of what to include and what not to include!

  • Include ALL of your contact information, but NONE of your personal information! Believe it or not, we don’t care if you have pets, like the color purple or enjoy taking long walks on the beach. It won’t help you get hired! Stick to the basics.
  • Dates of employment. If you are not including these (or even worse- including incorrect dates!) with your jobs, it can make a hiring manager really skeptical about how long you have been working and how much experience you actually do have. Less is not always more!
  • Consider the type of position you are applying for. For example, do not use the objective “I am looking to further my career as a Chef” and apply for a warehouse position. Or apply for a Data Entry position and have 3 typos in the first paragraph. Remember, it’s all in the details!

These are very little things that can quickly take the eyes of a hiring manager off of your resume and onto the next. You may have the skills and qualifications for the position, but if you can’t get past the first round, what’s it worth?

 

This was written by Erin Pardue, Recruiting and Marketing Specialist for Express Employment Professionals in Greenwood. To contact Erin, please email Erin.Pardue@expresspros.com.