I know the (company CEO, boss, hiring manager, owner’s dog walker who works on Tuesday’s and they’ve totally promised me a job no matter what.)
If that’s true, then hey, you probably don’t need a resume…you’re essentially guaranteed the job already…but what about when that job ends?
Betcha no matter how great your hookups are right now, at some point in your career, you’re gonna need a killer resume, and luckily we’re here to tell you how to create a resume.
And not just any resume… a professional resume.
For those of us who don’t have direct connections to killer jobs, a resume is essential to getting your foot in the door.
Employers use resumes as a way to quickly screen potential applicants, selecting only the individuals they feel are right for the position, so making sure your resume is in tip-top shape is absolutely vital.
Here, let me walk you through a quick little scenario and we’ll see just how important those little pieces of paper actually are:
Imagine you’re a hiring manager and it’s your job to find the perfect candidate for an open position with your company.
You’ve trolled the usual job listing sites and posted what you’re looking for and the response has been…overwhelming.
Your desk is COVERED with resumes. Pile after pile. Stack after stack.
All you need is that one qualified person, but as you look through the piles of paperwork, you feel your stomach starting to knot up. These resumes are a mess. Most of them are sloppy, with spelling errors, confusing headings, and lists of qualifications that have absolutely NOTHING to do with the job at all. You need an IT specialist and a third of these resumes have things like ‘underwater basket weaving specialist,’ and ‘professional poodle groomer’ listed under relevant skills. How is that relevant?
You call maintenance and ask them to empty your trash can, again. It’s filling up too quickly with all these rejected candidates.
You continue to slog through the pile of papers, your eyes growing heavy with each rejection. You’re sleepy, you’re bored, and you’re frustrated. Does NOBODY really qualify for this job?
And then you see it. A single resume that’s clean, crisp and clearly written. The font is professional, the layout is well organized and thoughtful and the qualifications are…gasp…actually on target! You smile as you read it, your heavy eyes suddenly snapping open in excitement as you realize you’ve got someone here who might actually be able to do the job!
You carefully set that resume to the side, a bright yellow note stuck on top of it: “Interview THIS one.”
Then you turn back to your unending mountain of resumes. Back to the slog.
Okay. Story time is over…back to reality. How would you like to be that hiring manager?
No fun, eh? Absolutely not!
Unfortunately, odds are, your current resume is probably buried in that mountain of not quite right resumes…or worse yet, in the trash waiting to go out with the next trash run.
Wouldn’t you rather be the one with the yellow “Interview THIS one” sticky?
Okay, then… it’s time to give you all the resume help you need! That’s why we created this fantastic (and free) Resume Checklist for you to use to make sure your resume stand out against your competition. Click here to get the “perfect resume” checklist.
In this article, we’ll show you SECTION 1, “How to Build a Resume” or proper resume format and SECTION 2, “How to Write a Resume.”