How Resume Writing impacts your job search

Resume writing (specifically bad resume writing) is the second most frequent reason that people are not hired for positions regardless of their skills. The only reason that it is not #1 is because the most common reason people do not get the jobs they want is because they do not apply. Whether they do not think they have what it takes or do not have the time, many people disqualify themselves before they even get started by not applying to openings.

Once you have gotten past self-doubt and are starting with the resumes writing process, there are many different things to remember. There are hundreds of different styles of resumes, endless ways to write them, and millions of experts out there who will tell you that they have the secret to good resume writing. The big secret: there is not any. You just need to approach resume writing with an informed mind and be willing to invest the time to conquer resume writing. Do this well and you will be on your way to career success in no time.

It does not matter what level you are at in a career; not having a polished and flawless resume writing almost guarantees failure in your job search. There are so many resume books and websites that there is no reason you could not prepare a proper resume that suits your career field. It is important to remember that each resume should be different. If 111 people apply for a job and every resume looks identical, the employer will not be impressed and might not hire any of them. However, if one person takes the time to make his/her resume stand out from the crowd, he/she will probably be first in line for an interview.

How do you make your resume stand out when you do not know what others are doing? While you cannot know how other job seekers are approaching resume writing, you can however do everything in your power to make yours as close to perfect as possible. First, avoid misspellings and use simple formatting with clear fonts and adequate spacing. Then focus in on other elements that will enhance your resume. For example, focus on keywords in the job announcement and include them in your resume. That way, you will catch the attention of the employer. In addition, if you use headlines and bold fonts (sparingly) to highlight important points of your resume, you will create a way to stand from the crowd.

It does not matter what format of resume you are creating or what career you are at. All applicants must provide polished resumes that stand out from the crowd in order to make the best impression on hiring managers.


Gail Esparan