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How To Write A Resume That's Unstoppable! 5 Hot Guidelines!

Sep 5, 2007
Learning to write a resume that sparkles and makes readers sit up and pay attention takes some rethinking!

First, most people think that their resume will find them a job. NOT! And if you write your resume with that objective in mind, it's DOA!

You see, employers don't make hiring decisions based on your resume. In fact, in most organizations, your next boss won't even see your resume until someone else (e.g. human resources) has screened your document . . . and probably you personally as well.

So, when you set out to write a resume, there are five powerful guidelines you must observe if you want your resume to have any chance of being read. Follow them and you will dramatically move the odds in your favor.

1. Resumes are initially scanned (not closely read) in less than 50 seconds. Something about you either attracts attention in that timeframe or your resume is trashed.

2. Your resume must have an attention-grabbing headline . . . a quick summation of what you have to offer.

3. Do NOT write some self-serving objective statement. An employer could care less what you want to get out of this for your self. He/she is interested exclusively in what you can do to make the bottom line look better.

4. DO write a short summary statement saying very directly what assets, capabilities and strengths you bring to the table that can make a difference to the organization you're interested in.

5. Keep your resume brief and impactual. One page is best. But never more than two pages. No long-winded recitation of your past accomplishments. Employers want to know how your achievements can make a difference to their needs. So tell them . . . and use quantifiable results to do it.

Targeting your resume to specific employers rather than shot-gunning it through mailings, emailings or internet postings helps to make your effort more effective. That means it helps a lot to have a job search plan that includes doing some homework on organizations where there's fit between your capabilities and their needs.

Anything you can do to write a resume that paints a picture of you in action will get more attention. Even more important, if you have a plan that shows you how to get your resume directly into the hands of a decision-maker you're way ahead of the game. When you can bypass all the filters of being read by lower level staffers and gain the attention of the person who could be your next boss . . . well, you just entered resume nirvana!
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Paul Bowley manages EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and innovative e-business strategies . . . since 1985. Check out THE WORLD'S FASTEST JOB SEARCH PLAN! And grab our stunning FREE REPORT! http://www.fastest-job-search.com
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