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Employment Resume: Promote yourself
by Dazza Walker(2)
Resume writing is something a lot of people struggle with, because some have trouble promoting themselves and the opposite when people get carried away and use 3 words when 1 will do.
You can find countless sites on the internet that will keep you right, offering you templates, advice as well as a do's and don'ts list so you should be ok.
You can actually get companies that will do a resume for you but I think this should be a personal thing with your own achievements, but also because you want to know exactly whats in there so in an interview you don't get caught out with a question you can't answer. There is no reason for you not to do this yourself because with the amount of different templates available you literally fill in the blanks and you are done.
If you want to go it alone and do your own from scratch then follow a few guidelines. Make sure your resume is titled with your name, address and contact details. Afterall this is about you and you want to promote this.
Always have an objective section. This is usually overlooked, but you can promote yourself with other thing besides qualification. Show achievements you have done to make change in your employment which will show your ability to think on your feet and your good common sense as well as your brains.
This will be bound to impress the hiring manager, due to the fact they will know you want to make things better right from the start. Describe where and how you see yourself fitting in.
You will want to list your employment history which will be easier the more impressive it is, but even with this make sure you use good adjectives and descriptive words to make this history as positive and enlightening as possible. Remember you are selling a product----YOU After that you can list your education and qualifications showing how you started off on your career path and your potential employer might see a subject which can be utilized in the future.
It goes without saying that your resume should be free from all spelling and grammatical errors, so make sure you proofread it at least a couple of times, and try and have someone else proofread it for you, as well.
You obviously want to promote yourself as much as possible but do not cross the line to lying. I do know people who have been asked for certificates that they didn't get and it is embarressing for all concerned.
Resume writing isn't rocket science once you know what a potential employer wants from you but you can never be too prepared for it.check out more advice at http://www.your-best-interests.com/jobsearch
Article submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 & read 244 times.
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