Academic journal article College Student Journal

How to Write a Professional Knockout Resume to Differentiate Yourself

Academic journal article College Student Journal

How to Write a Professional Knockout Resume to Differentiate Yourself

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One of the challenges facing recent graduates, or those looking for a new job, is writing an eye-catching resume that encapsulates and unveils their qualifications and accomplishments to potential employers. Several factors contribute to this challenge, such as the explosive rate of unemployment for recent graduates, increases in graduation rates, and the emergence of new curricula, the new technologies, and a weak resume. If applicant is unique, his or her resume should reflect this uniqueness. An effective resume should tell a story about applicant qualifications and prior experience for a job. This paper explains what a good resume should look like and how it can open the door for the applicant to be interviewed as well as reducing the stress that comes with the job hunt. The authors have over fifty years of experience interviewing in areas of business, education, and government.

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Regardless of your intelligence, experience, qualifications, and skills applicants must apply for a job and pass through the selection process. To apply for a job the applicant needs to submit a resume. In today's highly competitive job marketplace the applicant only have one chance to make a first impression to potential employer because of economic downturn. The ultimate goal of a resume is to open the door for the applicant to be interviewed. To do so, the resume should provide the basic information necessary for an employer to request an interview. It must be simple to read, strategically written with concise descriptions of educational experience, credentials, skills, goals, and professional background information. The purpose of a resume is to show an employer that the applicant is a desirable qualified candidate for an available position. Resumes must capture the employer's attention and convince the employer that the applicant has the right credentials, education, achievements, job experience and goals for the job and he or she might be a good fit for the position. When all these requirements are met, based on the selection criteria, the decision will be made to invest the time and money to interview (Diversity Edition 2012; Zupeke, 2010). An applicant should remember that he or she is writing a resume to advertise himself or herself to someone who is a non related potential employer. Some employers will scan a resume for only a few seconds to see if the applicant is the best fit for the job. For this reason, the resumes need to be professional, well-written and highlight the past and present skills for the applicants best advantage. It is the contents of this personal document that outline the applicants past and present work experience, education, achievement, as well as objectives and goals that would open the door for the applicant to be interviewed. The resume is applicant's first impression to a potential employer. It is the only chance to give an employer that great impression. To compete in the job market one must write a standard resume that is inviting and outstanding. Job applicants should give careful consideration and attention to detail in the resume.

Applicants should not write a resume if they are in a hurry or at the last minute. Spend time thinking about essential elements to include in the resume based on the description of the job you are applying.

An applicant may have all the qualifications and experiences for the job, but without a well crafted resume he or she may not get to be interviewed. A resume is the spokesperson for the candidate. Just as first impressions come into play when you date someone new, your resume is how the employer will determine his or her first impression about you. Resumes should summarize your present, past, achievements, skills, and experiences for the specific job position. A connection must be made between academic and past or present employment experiences to the position in which you are interested. Take the time to research the school, school district or business or organization in which you're applying (Dehne, 2010; Gibbs, 2011; Diversity Edition 2012). …

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