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Resume Tips

Resume writing

Timothy Webster , “The Career Guru”, Who write for The Star Workplace is a Personal Brand veteran who now coaches candidates helping them find and secure their dream job and proactively manage their career through to their dream retirement. Here are some of his tips for writing a resume that will get you hired; Once upon a time, long ago (2007), in a land far away (actually right here in South Africa) legend has it that candidates didn’t need good resumes to get jobs.  In fact, back before the  GFC, GEC or whatever other acronym is currently in vogue to describe our current economic situation, with the labour shortage at its peak, many candidates didn’t need a resume at all; But alas, those heady days are gone (at least for the time being) and now it’s not only critical that candidates have a good resume, they need to have an outstanding, flawless and impeccable resume.
I do a lot of public speaking and, no matter what the topic, the vast majority of questions I get are on how to prepare resumes.  Even the most savvy business professionals can be completely dumbfounded when putting together this rather straight forward document; Statistics show that the average resume is read for only 15 seconds.  Look at your watch. Now measure 15 seconds.  Not a lot of time is it?  Make yours one that stands out in those 15 seconds by following the top 10 tips below necessary for a resume to get read and get interviews (which, after all is the ONLY purpose of a resume).
  1. How far is too far? 
    The only reason to go back more than 10 years is to demonstrate experience beneficial to the job you are applying for, that you have not done in recent times.  Besides that, would you even want to do a job you did 10 years ago?
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  3. The company does what?
    Especially if you’re in a position of responsibility, it’s quite important to let the reader know what your previous employers do.  A sentence or two on the size of the company, the company’s products and any other relevant information helps the hiring manager understand your background in more depth.
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  5. Don’t look like a job hopper when you’re not!
    Many candidates list separate positions within 1 company as completely separate jobs, repeating the company name, etc.  Interviewers are basically lazy (and you would be too if you had the number of resumes to read that they do at the moment).  At first glance they may not realise that you’ve been promoted every 18 months to 2 years (which is a good thing).  They may interpret your format to mean that you’ve changed jobs every 18 months to 2 years (not so good).  The proper format is to list the company name and details once and make it stand out (larger font, bold and underlined, etc).  Then list each position underneath and make it obvious that they are positions within the same company.
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