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3 Quick Tips for a Better Resume

Less is more.

Successful resumes are concise, easy to read, and straightforward.  On average, a recruiter spends less than 30 seconds perusing a candidate’s resume. This means that the last thing that you want is for them to spend any of these precious moments sorting through “fluff.” Therefore, you can improve your resume by making it as concise (yet comprehensive) as possible. Rewrite wordy sentences, remove unnecessary details, and use a simple format that is easy on the eyes.

Tailored for a perfect fit.

Using a generic resume for every position that you apply to is a quick way to end up in the “no” pile. Just as well-fitting clothes help boost your appearance, a resume that is specifically tailored to the job posting can make you seem like you are the ideal candidate for the role and increase your chances of being called for an interview. An easy way to tailor a resume for a position is to highlight skills that you possess that are relevant to the position. For instance, when applying for a position that requires computer skills, it would be a good idea to ensure that your resume lists specific operating systems or programs that you are intimate with and have used in your past roles.

Grammar and spelling should be perfect.

As with anything in life, first impressions are critical when applying for a job.  Your resume is your first (but hopefully not your last!) written correspondence with a prospective employer and is a representation of you on paper.  Not only do spelling and grammar mistakes detract from the most important part of your resume, your qualifications for a given position, but they also communicate to your prospective employer that you are careless and not detail-oriented. This is the opposite of the message that you want to communicate when you are applying for a job. 

Where to Find a Job

So you’re on the hunt for a job? Good news! Jobs aren’t actually that hard to find. They’re numerous and plentiful, you just have to know where to look. Below are some of the most common places to find a job:

Networking- Family/ Friends/ Friends of Friends

We’ve all heard the adage “It’s not what you know, but who you know” and this is especially true when it comes to searching for a job. Once you have decided that it’s time to find a job, your first move should be to alert your family and friends that you are on the hunt. This gives you more eyes and ears to help you more easily find open positions. Even better yet, one of these people might be in a position to employ you. Your job search could be over before it had even begun.

Help Wanted Signs

For many small businesses (local restaurants, shops, etc.), the cheapest and easiest way to advertise vacancies is using a Help Wanted Sign. When inquiring about the job, be sure to be polite and dressed appropriately (professional dress suggested but not required). First impressions are key and it’s very possible that the person that you ask about the job will be the same person who later interviews you.

Newspaper Ads

Although falling out of favor with the dominance of the internet, newspapers are still a source of classified ads that advertise, among other things, open jobs. If you don’t subscribe to a newspaper, most coffee shops typically have at least a couple of the day’s editions for sale.

Online

Once upon a time, it was commonplace to stroll into an establishment and ask for an application. However, now this ritual is typically done online. In addition to company websites that list open positions, there are numerous digital job board websites (CareerBuilder, Indeed, Monster, etc.) that allow you to post a copy of your resume and apply to job openings. Some of these websites will even show you have your qualifications compare with those of other applicants, which can give you a sense of what you’re up against. The disadvantage of using job board sites is that there are typically large pools of applicants for any given position. In this case, getting noticed is key.  Also, don’t forget to check Craigslist!

Staffing Agencies

Many people that are seeking short term employment turn to staffing agencies to help find non-permanent positions. Often, these agencies have exclusive openings that aren’t posted anywhere else and sometimes can even lead to full time employment at the client company. Like with traditional establishments, jobs with staffing agencies are largely found online on the agency’s website. While there are a couple staffing agencies that operate nationally (and even globally), the majority operate locally.