BUILDING A MORE EFFECTIVE RESUME

An effective resume is the key to obtaining an interview which, in turn, is the key to obtaining an offer.  In this day and age, it is typical for a company to receive 100 resumes for every interview they schedule so if yours isn’t top-notch, you won’t be one of the 100.

An effective resume needs to:

  • Grab the reader’s attention
  • Highlight your achievements
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for a position
  • Outline your skills
  • Summarize your experience

The overall goal of your resume is to differentiate yourself from the others submitting their resume.  You don’t do it by … well, why don’t you review the Resume Building library to obtain some useful guidance.

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CREATING A TEXT RESUME
If you are sending your resume in the body of an email or copying and pasting it into a form on a potential employer’s website (or if a posting requests a .txt. file), you’re going to need to be able to provide your resume in a text format.  No problem – it takes just a few minutes to edit your resume to appear in the correct format.  Follow these ten easy steps and you’re there!

THE VALUE OF KEYWORDS
Since most resumes will be scanned by software programmed to seek out specific keywords in a resume, it’s important to know how to incorporate those components and what words to use to ensure that your resume gets picked out of a crowd!

CREATING AN OUTSTANDING RESUME
A great resume doesn't just tell them what you have done but makes the same assertion that all good ads do: If you buy this product, you will get these specific, direct benefits. It presents you in the best light. With advertisements garnering 500 responses or more, this article will help you create a resume that will help make sure yours doesn’t end up in the circular file.

POWERWORDS
Action words used in an active voice add emphasis and power to your resume.  Use this listing to incorporate real power into your resume writing.

EMPLOYERS REALLY DO CHECK REFERENCES
While a resume needs to present you in the best light, don’t confuse that with making statements that aren’t true, because employers do verify the information in your resume and do check your references.  Since you will probably not be called upon to provide references until shortly before an offer is presented, don’t jeopardize your chances – here’s how to ensure that the references you provide will “do the trick.”

FOOT IN THE DOOR:  THE PERFECT RISK MANAGEMENT RESUME
FINS.com, the Wall Street Journal's job center, presents a guide to today's ideal risk management resume.