customized resume http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6509/all en-US New Year, New Resume http://www.wisebread.com/new-year-new-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/new-year-new-resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cinderella.jpg" alt="Cinderella" title="Cinderella" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="161" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If one of your new year's resolutions to find a new job, maybe it's also time for a new resume. After all, isn't your current resume <em>so</em> 2010? Here are four tips for improving your resume for the new year.</p> <h2>Be Unique</h2> <p>If there is something unique or memorable about you or your work experience, include it in your resume (within reason). When I graduated from college, I had little enough work experience that it still made sense to include my high school job&nbsp;acting at an amusement park on my resume. In ever single job interview I had that year, the reviewers mentioned how my resume stood out because I used to work as Cinderella.</p> <p>Once I had more work experience, I (reluctantly) knocked&nbsp;the amusement park&nbsp;off of my resume.&nbsp;But since&nbsp;then I've included a&nbsp;&ldquo;Special Skills&rdquo; section that briefly lists similarly memorable information.</p> <p>Another great place to make yourself be memorable is in the subject line of&nbsp;your email if you&rsquo;re applying online. Online job postings can net hundreds or even thousands of responses that can be difficult to sift through. When I was a full-time freelance writer, I started changing the subject line of my emails from things like &ldquo;Experienced copywriter available&rdquo; to &ldquo;Spunky and experienced copywriter available.&rdquo; The number of responses I received shot up as soon as I made the unique addition of &quot;spunky.&quot;</p> <h2>Be Honest</h2> <p>Don't include skills because you think you can fudge your way through the interview and learn what you need to know before&nbsp;starting the job. If you really think you need to know how to use Photoshop or WordPress to get the kind of job you're looking for, take the time to learn now. Several employers test an&nbsp;interviewee's skills during the interview, making for pretty decent chances that you&nbsp;will get caught.</p> <h2>Be Specific</h2> <p>Look at how you describe your work experience. If you&rsquo;re only listing what your job responsibilities were, you could be doing yourself a disservice. Highlight tasks you worked on and their outcomes. Did you help streamline a regular office procedure? Head a major project that increased ROI? Include these on your resume.</p> <h2>Be Succinct</h2> <p>Unless a job asks for your full <a href="http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/curriculumvitae/a/curriculumvitae.htm">Curriculum Vitae</a>, it&rsquo;s best to keep your resume to a page. Include information that is the most pertinent to the job you are applying for, but without making it seem like there were major gaps in your employment (if you worked for five years as a&nbsp;chef and are applying to be an accountant, it&rsquo;s better to list your&nbsp;chef job than to make it appear as if there were five years you just didn&rsquo;t work). This might mean creating separate resumes for different job applications, but the time spent targeting your resumes can be worth it.</p> <p>Want more resume-writing advice, or&nbsp;are you just starting out with your first resume? Check out Paul Michaels&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">12 steps to writing a great resume</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-year-new-resume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-dumb-things-employment-recruiters-see-people-do">6 Dumb Things Employment Recruiters See People Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-get-hired-be-memorable">Want to Get Hired? Be Memorable.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact">10 Little Things to Do Before a Job Interview That Can Make a Big Impact</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting customized resume New Year's resume writing Mon, 03 Jan 2011 13:00:09 +0000 Meg Favreau 419027 at http://www.wisebread.com The Case for Not Tweaking Your Resume http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-not-tweaking-your-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-case-for-not-tweaking-your-resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_on_computer.jpg" alt="man working on his computer" title="man working on his computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ve written, edited, and polished your resume. It&#39;s taken hours, days, or even weeks and now you&#39;re ready to start distributing the resume to potential employers. You&#39;ve also read that you should customize your resume for each position. Hopefully, you&#39;ve already decided on a next-step focus, defining the field, position type, and working environment that will suit your education, skill sets, and personality. You know, for example, that you want to work in outside sales for an industry leader; handle sourcing for an electronics company; manage a manufacturing plant for a consumer products company; or direct distribution for a regional retailer. Should you still have to spend time analyzing job postings and tweaking your resume for every single job that piques your interest? </p> <p>Relax. Here&#39;s the rationale for not tweaking your resume to match every opening: </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>1) It&#39;s time-consuming. You may want to allocate your resume-editing time to networking, researching companies, preparing for interviews, and writing thank-you notes. </p> <p>2) Keeping track of numerous resumes is confusing and you may not be able to recall which version you sent to which employer. Sure, you can use a file-naming convention that matches the customized resume with its corresponding position but, after a while, you can create just so many versions of the same information and V5.6 will be very similar to V7.0. You could design a spreadsheet that indicates which employer got which resume but this process is time-consuming (see #1). </p> <p>3) Resumes that match job postings too closely may seem fishy. Some hiring managers, most likely company owners who are hiring talent over specialized skill sets, may consider candidates with too-customized resumes as lacking credibility. </p> <p>4) The posting may not be comprehensive. A major project or position accountability from your past that <em>seems</em> irrelevant may be useful for the target position and differentiate you from the competition. </p> <p>5) Your employer of choice may have a different, better, not-yet-posted position that more closely matches your credentials and career desires. </p> <p>Save your customization for your letter and your energy for the job search.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-not-tweaking-your-resume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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