A Winning Resume

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on October 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

A Winning Resume

You’ve applied for a job and sent in your current resume but are not hearing back from any of the companies. You tweak your resume and send out more but still no response. One month, two months, three months pass and still no calls.

The simple truth is that applying for a job is hard work and has many uncertainties. Whether the company you are targeting is small or large, certain principles hold true.

1. Your first goal is to get a call back / telephone interview.

2. The next goal is to get a face-to-face interview.

3. Last, become a front runner for the position.

You will feel better about yourself and your options if you can start to get responses to your resume. You will know that you are being noticed and have an opportunity to get yourself seen and heard physically.

Every telephone screening call motivates you to keep trying. If the screening call leads to an actual interview, you get really pumped up. If the interview does not lead to a job, you are still motivated because your resume worked once and will again.

One of the best ways to get noticed is to have a professional resume. Simply writing your own resume is not as easy as it used to be, the competition is too great. Additionally, companies do not have the resources to spend time reviewing individual resumes. Many scan them electronically looking for key attributes and dismiss a larger percentage of resumes immediately.

A key mistake that people make in writing their own resume is simply listing skills, experiences and qualifications. Potential employees are looking for more—results, transferrable skills, measurements, or how efficiently you work in a team for example.

A resume is a picture of you in a professional environment and you may need a professional writer to make yourself stand out of the crowd.

The benefit of hiring a writer is that they are skilled at targeting the employer’s interests. They present your skills in a way that the necessary information is quickly visible.

Invest in your future; it will not guarantee a job, but it will increase your odds for success. Remember you have one chance to make a first impression and it starts with your resume.

By Sue Swinger-Ellbogen 


Categories: Resume Writing

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