Make a Plain Text Resume

plain-text-resumesEver tried submitting your Resume to an online posting that asks for a Plain Text Resume but didn’t know what the heck they were talking about? Many people have. A Plain Text Resume is just a Resume that is only text; they’re isn’t any formatting such as bold, italics, or special characters such as bullet points. The company is asking for a Plain Text Resume because it’s easier for their computers to scan and search

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Use Long File Names for Resumes

quick-tipAfter you’ve created your Resume a nice trick to make it stand out with the Recruiter is to have a long, descriptive file name. This usually works for small businesses or companies that don’t use Resume scanning software. For example, Homer Simpson creates a Resume for a Project Manager position and names the file Homer Simpson – Project Manager – Resume.  This would make it easier for the recruiter to see your Resume when it’s in their My Documents folder. It’s similar to when it was recommended to use different colored paper or a FedEx overnight envelope to deliver your Resume. All it does is make you stand out; it’s just a little something extra.

Getting and Maintaining References

choosing-referencesReferences are the people you know that give the job recruiter validation that you are the right person to choose for the job. I’ve covered the benefits of references, and 10 tips for utilizing your references before so now I’m going to talk about how to get a reference, maintain those references, and give an overview of the Recommendation Sheet.

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Choose the Right Keywords to Use in Your Cover Letter & Resume

choose-keywordsThe job description is the first inkling you have as to what type of candidate the job recruiter wants, however, these job descriptions can be quite lengthy. Instead of re-reading the job description over and over again to get a sense of what skills recruiters are looking to hire, use a tag cloud generator that will automatically search through all the words in the job description and display (nice and boldly) what words are most used. This will give you ammunition to use when creating your cover letter and resume.

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What Type of Resume Should I Use?

resume typesThere are numerous types of Resume’s out there that a Buffalo job seeker can choose from, but which one is right for you? It all depends on a couple of different factors. One person can use different types of resumes depending on the type of job or even which company (some employers prefer a specific kind). Here’s a table that lists the 3 main types of resumes, their pro’s and con’s, and who they are best suited for. These three are the most commonly used in Buffalo.

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Use a Qualifications Chart

qualifications sheetWouldn’t it be nice to have a fast method of showcasing your available skills and compare it to the one’s required on the job description? Well, one way to do this is through a Qualifications Chart. A Qualifications Chart is simply a table with two columns that has the qualifications and skills required for a job on one side, and on the other side, a description of your qualifications and skills that match. It’s one of the best ways to easily show that you are the right job candidate for the job.  Continue reading

Keyword Stuff Your Resume with Skills

what skills to put on resumeWith the wide spread use of employers using computers to scan digital Resumes and cover letters, a job seeker needs to figure out how to make sure that computer chooses theirs among all the others. Think of it the same way way Google presents you with results for words you searched. The computer scanner searches for certain words that relate to the job posting. Use these tips to your advantage. Continue reading

POW! Grab the Readers Attention!

explosionDid I get your attention? Action words can help you grab the attention of the reader immediately so here is a list of words you can use on your Resume, Cover Letter or anywhere else you’d like. They are in the past tense because all your sentences should be in the past tense, except if you are currently employed at an organization. Continue reading

Consider Making a Portfolio

portfolioA professional portfolio’s purpose is to show off your skills and abilities to potential employers. It’s essentially a visual extension of your Resume and Cover Letter, and because a picture is worth a thousand words, an employer can learn a lot about you just by glancing it over. Your portfolio is a great way to showcase your best examples of work to back up any skills you claim on your Resume and Cover Letter.

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Your Home Address Is Costing You Jobs!

wnyjobhomeWhen was the last time you received a job rejection letter in the mail? Can you even remember? Probably not because like most people, almost all of your correspondences with employers is through email these days. So why are you wasting valuable Resume real estate by including your home address? If an employer wants to send you actual documents, then they can ask you for your address, however, chances are if they are sending you paperwork, then you’re past the resume stage.

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