At first glance, landing your next dream job should be easy – write a great resume or CV, send it out and post online, and start fielding phone calls and emails for job interviews. However, many people consider the resume writing process to be one of the most challenging aspects of a job search.
You see, many people do not take the time to prepare for Resume. Instead, they just sit down at the computer and stare at a blank screen. They sit there for a very long time just trying to get started. They have no idea what they should write or how they should say it.
Addressing The Right Person – 95% of the people out there looking for a job made this simple mistake by not knowing who to address and whom the letter should be sent to. You might have came across similar problems and used these similar phrases before: “To whom it may concerned”, “Dear Sir, Mdm” etc.
When you feel like you’ve gotten it all out, start a new page, and one-by-one re-write each statement into the present, and in the positive. For instance, “I hate being chained to a desk all day and being isolated from people” might be re-framed to “I go interesting places and meet interesting people all day every day.” Once you’ve completed this exercise, you’ll have a jump start list of what you want in your life.
Make sure your resume is formatted in Microsoft Word. Skip the PDF format. Most ATS systems cannot convert those files. Your resume will get lost in translation.
Take the time to write a quality cover letter before applying for a job. Your cover letter is a reflection of your communication and writing skills. Do your best to describe your experience in details, talk about your motivations and explain why you would be a good fit for the job.
Have in mind that the HR department of your future employer receives many CVs and resumes. For that reason you only have a few seconds to attract their attention and make them read the whole resume. Usually the reader will scam through the sheets and will pay attention at the top and at the bottom. For that reason start with the most important information – how you can contribute to the prosperity of their organization.
The industry does have a way for job seekers to sift through the plethora of services out there. Most job seekers are unaware that there are organizations out there who offer certification testing for the resume writing field. One of them, the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC) offers the CPRW exam, which requires individuals to undergo a testing process that includes a review of their work by their peers.