Tips for Building Your Resume

By Max Resnik

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 4:25 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Job fairs filled both the Memorial Coliseum and the Fort Wayne Urban League today as the job hunt continued for so many Hoosiers. Today, Indiana’s NewsCenter went searching for tips to improve your resume.

With the help of the workforce improvement and job placement specialists at Manpower, Indiana’s NewsCenter compiled some tips for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

1. Show Them What You’ve Done
-Be Specific and Use Examples on Your Resume
-For example:
-Improved customer satisfaction ratings
-Reduced operating costs
-Improved communication between departments
-Employers want to know that you can bring real world experience to the table
-Do not be afraid to use numbers to back up your accomplishments

2. What’s on Your Resume
-Contact Information
-Objectives
-What position do you want and how did you find out about the position
-Experience
-Skills
-Education
-Awards
-If you have been recognized for your work, do not be afraid to show a possible employer.

3. Have Multiple Formats
-Hardcopy
-Should be on nice, thick paper
-Be conservative with your choice of organization, font and writing style, but grab the reader’s attention
-Electronic Copy
-So much of hiring is now done on the web, so have an e-resume that can be submitted to websites and emailed to job recruiters
-Also, have scannable copies

4. Writing Your Cover Letter
-Identify the position you are applying for and how you found out about the position
-Explain how you would benefit the company and why you are the right person for the job
-Talk of your experience in the field, specific accomplishments and the education you received that landed you in the field

5. Networking
-Always meet new people in your industry and stay connected with them
-Attend seminars and scan TV, newspaper advertisements and the web for job postings
-Social Media sites like LinkedIn can also keep you connected

6. Interviewing
-Practice with someone
-Be specific in your answers
-Be honest with your answers
-Dress for success

For more tips and the do’s and don’t’s of resume writing and interviewing, click the link above titled “Manpower Resume Tips.”




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