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Fix That Resume And Your Job Search

A great athlete and sports idol was asked, “What makes you such a great hockey player?” His quick response was, “I go where the puck is going to be, not where it is”.

Get targeted tweets on openings at your wish list companies. Let me save you from one of my rookie mistakes. Don’t get bogged down in tons of tweets. Instead use an app like TweetMyJOBS. Follow CEO Gary Zukowski’s tips for how to get the most out of Twitter’s largest job board. Remember, tweets are public! If your current employer doesn’t know you’re searching, consider having job feeds go elsewhere such as your mobile phone.

Because I’m still unmarried at 37 I’m definitely not an expert at landing a job as Wife (despite responding to numerous ads, putting my “profile” online and going on many first, second and third “interviews” i.e. dates over the years), however, I have landed jobs consistently since I was 16. Hence the reason why I’m a career coach and not a matchmaker. But I’ve got to say that people’s complaints in their job search are the same ones I, and my friends, grouse about concerning men.

Resumes Are Scanned – Some resumes especially snail-mailed ones are put in a pile on the desk of the hiring manager. This person has many resumes to look at. He or she spends 15 to 20 seconds looking at yours. Make it easy for the person to scan it for the information they are looking for. Use bolding appropriately. Make the resume look attractive with lots of white space. Dense resumes discourage the reader.

If you are in high school and want to learn more about how to become a mail clerk, and enjoy working with mail, check out your school, you may be able to receive experience there as a volunteer. If a full or part-time job is more of an interest, check out the classifieds, or on job posting sites online. If you are more driven at a young age to join the U.S postal service than check with a guidance counselor to help give you more information, such as how old do you have to be? Also, check directly with your local post office or on the government website. There may be scholarship and grant opportunities with the government, working as a mail clerk. Being hired on permanent with the post office may offer pension plans for retirement. Also, some global companies have unions you can become a part of.

What keywords should you use? That depends on the industry in which you are applying. Do your research. Read industry-related news articles – see what is relevant to the industry now. Read the job description and pull keywords from there, too. Remember, as new buzz words become popular in different industries, your resume has to reflect those new words. For example: Once upon a time there was a thing called a medical biller… today that is a revenue cycle management specialist. Back in the day, people wanted budgeting experience today it’s all about P&L. These words may change by tomorrow for all I know… Simply, make sure your resume is relevant according to the times and the job description.

There are many styles, formats, and types of resumes to choose from. Different styles work better for different professions. The key to a successful resume is that it should look professional. Remember, this is not a piece of paper you are submitting but, it is you that you are submitting.

By following these steps, you will see that the phone will start to ring and you will get interviews, both phone and onsite. From there, it is up to you. Be positive and smile at the interview. Do not forget to shake the person’s hand.

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