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What Your Resume Says About You

Jun 6, 2008
These are some of the things that your resume should indicate about you:

I can adapt. Do not send the same resume for jobs in different companies. Alter your resume to match with the requirements of that particular company. Read their requirements carefully and match your details according to their requirements.

I am honest. Do not lie on your resume. Include honest facts that match their requirements. The chances of getting caught are very high - and once caught, it could affect your chances of getting employment elsewhere.

I am what you need. By studying the requirements posed, and answering precisely, you will give the prospective employer the impression that you are the right person for the job.

You definitely want the job, but your resume should not look as if you are begging for one.

I have delivered. The way you type in your past work experience should indicate that for every job you have held in the past, you have performed well. Statistics and reference letters from previous employers are also a great help.

I am qualified for the job. Your educational qualifications as well as your work experience should indicate clearly that you are match to the company's job requirements.

If you think that you do not have the required skills, then do not apply at all. After all, you don't want to waste anyone's time - theirs or yours.

I am clear in my thoughts. Do not put any irrelevant data in your resume. For example, type your height and weight only if you are applying in the armed forces. It is not required if you are applying for a software developer's job.

Also, fill in the other fields precisely without elaborating too much. Your resume should not be more than 1 or 2 pages.

I am a good person. If you have done any social work or community service out of choice, mention that in your resume. This shows the humane side of your nature.

I am imaginative. Spruce up your resume with an imaginative choice of words without altering its meaning.

Even if you are well qualified for the job, and your content or writing style is drab, your resume will get lost in the shuffle. Don't bore the reader to death.

I am looking for a long-term relationship. If you are a job hopper or have been out of work for a long time, it might get difficult to impress a prospective employer.

If you have stayed in your previous job for a longer period, it indicates that you will stick around for a long time with the new job as well.

I can make a difference. Lastly, your resume should indicate that by hiring you, your employers are not making a mistake and that you will make a positive difference to the company's future prospects if you become part of their team.

By choosing your words carefully in your resume, you can indicate to a prospective employer that you are the person they are looking for and that they cannot afford to NOT hire you!
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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