Thought it was time to dig deep with a post about the economy…again. I know you’re stressed, or at least have some anxiety about the future of the US economy. In my neighborhood, Oregon and Washington have some of the highest unemployment rates in 25 years!
Here’s the catch. There are still jobs. There are still employers looking for help. There’s no way the world would survive without some form of cash flow. The difference between you and the rest, or you and the best, are the methods they use to market to the right person. This is tricky, but I have to keep this positive thought in my head to avoid depression.
Here are some tips that I picked up in a little research that pertain to all job seekers from Careerbuilder.com:
· Include a career summary at the top of your resume:
o It’s important to catch the employer’s attention immediately. Listing this at the top will give managers an immediate snapshot of your skills and accomplishments.
· Keep it up to date:
o Always have a recent and up-to-date resume on hand. Update your resume when you accomplish something significant.
· Use key phrases: With focus, you’ll say those words that trigger a light bulb for employers. Tracking systems are used to eliminate those resumes without important key phrases.
o Here are some from Sweet Careers you may find useful:
§ Examined issues of age, ethnicity, and gender in relation to communication.
§ Developed communication portfolio for St. Mary’s Hospital in collaboration with three other students.
§ Wrote several university press releases, including news of $2.5 million gift.
· Use a functional resume:
o List experiences that can be utilized in multiple work environments. This shows proficiency in multiple categories.
· Include all experience:
o It’s important to get to the point in your resume while listing what’s most important. Find the best ways to explain the most pertinent information in an appealing light.
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again. Take the time to buckle down and make a job out of finding a job. It’s not like is used to be because instead of competing with a few others, you’re competing with hundreds.