Magazine article Addiction Professional

Get the Job!!

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Get the Job!!

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Whether you're a CEO or entry-level job seeker, to get a job, you've got to be at the top of the heap ... the heap of resumes, that is. To get to first base in the job hunt process--the job interview--you have to pass through the initial screening. And, no matter how many years of higher education you can claim, we bet you haven't been taught the finer points of getting a job. At a recent roundtable, PsychTemps recruiters and search consultants generated their top tips (and pet peeves) to share with BHT's Buyer's Guide readership. Here are their Elite Eight:

1) Keep it simple! Hiring managers and HR professionals--the people who are most likely to screen your resume first--are looking for certain information. They want to see education, credentials, and years of experience. These individuals may get from 40 to over 100 resumes for one mid- to upper-level professional position. Simple, clear, easy-to-read resumes are a positive with these gatekeepers.

2) Put your credentials immediately after your name at the top of the resume. This may sound obvious, but many people put their name at the top of the page, preferring to list their credentials later in the resume. If you are "Patty Edwards, RN, LSW," say so. Don't forget that the person reviewing your resume has to make a quick decision: Either you're worth a second look, or you go into the reject pile. We have many different degrees and licenses in the mental health field. Being able to see your credentials immediately is crucial.

3) Chronological or functional resume? Our recruiters prefer chronological resumes to the popular functional resumes, hands down. The first review of a resume is to determine credentials, educational level, and whether you're a job hopper. Having a logical sequence of jobs and education is important. We want to see months and years listed for dates of employment. Highlight your title in bold. Make the company name stand out as well. Then give an adequate yet succinct description of the job duties you performed there.

4) Use your cover letter as a sales tool. The resume stays the same, the cover letter changes. A customized cover letter separates you from the rest of the pack. It's there that you can articulate your accomplishments, your interest in the job, and the experiences and skills that make you the best candidate. Don't forget to proofread the cover letter and resume. We hate typos!

5) Reference letters: send with the resume or after the interview? This question split our panel of recruiters. Half of them said to wait until the company has established an interest in you to hand over reference lists and any written reference letters. …

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