Don’t have the money for a professional resume?

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BlogBreak contributor Chandra Fox gives some handy tips for those that can’t afford to have their resume professionally written. Even if you are on a budget, you can use these tips to avoid getting lost in the paperwork shuffle:

All recruiters know that the quickest way for a candidate to stand out is the resume and its presentation, but let’s say money is tight. Here are 5 things that will at least save you from the circular file.

1. No “I” in a resume. The name on top is the assumed subject. It is redundant to put I at the beginning of each bullet.

2. Resumes typically go back 10-15 years. If you have 40 years of important work history consider an “Early Career History” that briefly hits your early career.

3. No personal information on a resume. No married with two children and a dog. Keep your personal info to yourself. It is illegal to bring it up so why put it out there?

4. No clip art or colored paper. Keep it Simple. It may truly define you with the artwork you found, but hiring managers do not care about your artistic side, they want to know how you can help them as an employee.

5. Your resume can mention your community involvements, but keep the focus on the experience you have that is directly related to the job you seek.

These cover the most popular “red flags” that we see. Avoid these pitfalls and you will have a much better chance in obtaining your next job.

What do you think is most important information to include on a resume?

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GLENN MILLER

March 31st, 2009
10:46 pm

Vickie Anderson

June 12th, 2010
9:24 am

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