Regardless of your occupation, work history, or objective, you need a resume to get a job. Think of your resume as a personal advertisement and request for an interview. It isn’t your autobiography. It’s a short document meant to show an employer that you’re a desirable candidate for an available job. A successful resume takes time and thought. It must catch the reader’s attention, yet still be easy to read and to the point. A great resume shows self-confidence, pride in work, and inclination to see the broader implications of one’s actions. Resumes should NOT exceed two pages for most occupations. Though some professionals, such as educators may require longer (curriculum vitae). An effectively written resume presents you as a well-qualified, interesting individual who is worthy of a face-to-face interview.
Resumes That Get You Noticed
Although we know and understand the rules of traditional resume writing, we also know when to break those rules. We offer basic resume templates for easy electronic submissions as well as eye-catching templates that are much more captivating, designed to stand-out among hundreds even thousands of resumes making you a more desirable candidate.
In today’s economy there are so many people looking for jobs. Recruiters have told us they get hundreds of resumes daily; there’s no way they can read them all. Some recruiters have even admitted they have set numbers they’ll look at and trash the others. With this information in mind, we generate our resume templates with a wow factor that will get any reader’s attention.
Keywords are the words commonly used to describe the essential skills and knowledge necessary to carry out a job successfully. They are likely to include skills, abilities, and competencies, application of these skills, and relevant education and training. It is critical to choose specific keywords in your resume with the widespread of electronic resume screening. This is an important distinction in the initial screening process. Screening software focuses on skills. For example, if you are a computer programmer, the screening device might search for words like “HTML” or “CSS Style sheets”; if you’re a Paralegal, it might look for words like “Civil litigation” or “Contracts”. Only when the computer has identified those resumes that include matching skills, do human eyes enter into the picture. We use three (3) methods to obtain keywords to generate you an effective resume. 1-We use the keywords you provide to us on the RWCD Service Questionnaire. 2-We research several job postings matching your career objective and generate a list of the words most often used. 3-We use our on-staff Human Resources Managers as well as contact recruiters specializing in your field and ask for a list of the keywords they look for on resumes when hiring your job title. Whenever you come across keywords in job postings that reflect your capabilities, but those words are not in your resume, it’s time to add them in; if nowhere else, at least in your Core Competencies section. We keep your documents on file and are willing to make these adjustments for you if and when you need us.
Most employers prefer you format your resume using one of three methods: chronological, skills, or combination. Chronological is the most common type of resume format and most often preferred by potential employers. However, unless an employer requests a particular resume format, choose your resume format based on your resume objective and the skills and employment experiences that best highlight your qualifications for the job.
The chronological resume format lists work experience first, beginning with your last (or current) job. After tracing your work history, the chronological format continues with your education and concludes with extra skills and interests that may contribute to your ability to perform the job.
The skills resume begins with a list of skills that relate to the job for which you are applying. The skills resume format is exceptionally useful when 1) you are applying for a job in a different field than your work experience, 2) you have large gaps in your work experience or 3) you have little or no paid work experience.
The Combination or Functional Format:
This format is useful in highlighting skills that are relevant to a particular field of work. It is best used to demonstrate improvement and achievement within a specific field of work.
Two other resume formats are:
A very structured, detailed and lengthy resume format, the curriculum vitae is typically only used by educators and scientists with broad academic and professional credentials. Besides employment, education, and skills, the curriculum vitae provide prospective employers with a list of the candidate’s publications, projects, and awards. For the average job search, submission of a curriculum vitae is best described as overkill.
Generally, this is the pre-formatted resume you’ll find at on-line job sites or resume distribution centers. Although some sites allow moderate customization, frequently you just need to fill in the blanks. Others allow you to upload a very basic resume template with no formatting or borders, and then parse, meaning the system reads the resume and fill in the blanks for you. Some electronic resumes are entered into job data banks, meaning your chance of obtaining an interview (the main purpose of resume submission) is slim. The good news is a lot of the on-line job allows you to attach additional files. Here we recommend you attach a more visual format, enabling you to stand out among hundreds, even thousands of candidates.