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Career Advice

Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

Sage advice like this is priceless.


Writing My Own Resume

By understanding what potential employers' think about when looking at a resume you can improve your odds of being called for an interview.

Can this applicant fulfill our company's needs?
It sounds obvious but even if you have the necessary skills and experience, a resume that is not properly targeted to the specific company and opening can make it hard for the employer quickly skimming your resume to see this.

Rather than submitting a generic résumé for every job a customized résumé is better. It may take a bit more time, but it's worth it.

Only include points that are relevant to your current career focus. For example, you probably don't want to include your job as a waiter 10 years ago if your current job focus is in accounting. You don't want to make a hiring manager wade through your resume in hopes of finding relevant information.

Will this applicant stay with our company for the long-term?
The hiring process is time consuming and expensive so hiring managers want employees who aren't likely to quit after a short stint. Thus they will look for a stable work history on your resume.

Consider using a functional, rather than a chronological, résumé if you job-hopped a lot in the past. If you belong to a professional association, possess certifications, or take professional education courses, then list these on your résumé since it shows you are dedicated to your profession.

How professional is this applicant?
Make sure your résumé is free of typos and grammatical mistakes.

Make sure your resume is easy to understand since if the hiring manager has a question about your experience, they don't want to waste time to call you for clarification.

Have someone read your résumé to spot any errors you might have missed.

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