Resumes Help Applicants Stand Out In Flooded Job Market
As more and more people find themselves looking for work, it is crucial for job candidates to write a standout resume. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.
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More job cuts means more people are looking for work at a time when there are fewer positions to go around.
"This is probably the worst job market I have seen in my 28 years' staffing experience," said President Catherine Palmiere of Adam Personnel, Inc.
Palmiere, co-author of the upcoming book "Unlocking The Door To Your Career," says a resume is an important first impression.
"I did a survey of human resource professionals and it takes them between 20 and 60 seconds to read a resume," she says. "Therefore, a candidate had less than one minute to convince a potential employer to bring them in for an in-house interview."
Since companies are getting hundreds of responses for every job listing, President Tawana Wood of Country's Best Resumes says there are three words to keep in mind - "Easy To Read."
"Make sure that the words stand out, the sections stand out and the font is very important," says Wood.
Also, a resume needs to pop out because of its content, instead of how it looks.
"This is your opportunity to shine and to highlight what it is that you do well," says Wood. "So if you have professional affiliations, you want to list that. If you have community involvement, you definitely want to list that."
"Perhaps on a job, perhaps you've received an award for outstanding customer service. That should be on your resume - that brings value versus the other resumes that are being reviewed," says Palmiere.
Resumes used to need career objective, but experts now advise their clients to write a profile instead, to let employers know who their candidates are, instead of what they want.
"You're basically saying, you're a financial management executive with 15 years' job experience. Boom, you made my job easy," says Wood. "I can easily tell someone in an elevator pitch what it is that you do."
Members of the National Resume Writers' Association say it is vitally important to tweak one's resume for each individual job.
Also, with so much of the process being handled electronically, it is important to include words that a computer scanner will recognize.
"If they know the job description that they are applying for is asking for extensive itineraries, they better make sure the word 'itineraries' is in that resume," says Palmiere.
Otherwise, the scanner - and the job opportunity - may pass you by.