Every experienced, professional person the working world has a few bumps and bruises to her credit and a few past mistakes on her record. Despite what we’re told as teenagers, the path to success is rarely a straight line, and a life without mistakes and setbacks is usually a life without risk or challenge.
This week, Free Resume Builder reached out to the professional resume editors in our network and asked them each to provide one tip—Something every job seeker should know. They responded with advice, warnings, and resume errors they see far too often. Here are some of the messages they chose to pass on.
Q: What’s the difference between “its” and “it’s”?
You’d like to apply for your dream job, or—even better—submit a proposal to your dream company for a job that may or may not actually exist (yet). But even if these employers can use your talent and labor, the two of you will have to navigate around one small issue: You won’t available to start work for another five months. You haven’t graduated yet, and it’s your goal to line up a position for yourself that you can step into immediately after you receive your diploma. How can you convince employers to take a chance on you, or keep a position open for you, or even create a position that will be there waiting for you when you’re ready to get started? Here are a few application tips.
In one sense, a resume is just a straightforward document, a kind of report or dossier on each candidate who applies for an open position. Resumes contain simple, point-by-point lists of information that help managers compare candidates and distinguish one from another. But resumes are also a sales pitch. They’re a dynamic, engaging document that gives each applicant an opportunity to set herself apart from the other competitors in the pool.
This week, Free Resume Builder contacted some of the hiring managers in our network and asked them the following question: As you review a candidate’s resume, what kinds of statements and details make you stop the review process and schedule an interview then and there? When do you get so excited about a candidate that you place his or her or name immediately on the interview list? Here’s how they responded.
This week Free Resume Builder reached out to our network of hiring managers to ask the following question: Are there any serious deal breakers that might cause you to reject an otherwise excellent resume? Here’s how they responded.
Decades ago, our approach to the resume process was a bit simpler than it is today. Back then, resumes were viewed as a kind of report card of a person’s professional life. They answered one question: Was this person doing well, professionally speaking? Or not? Did he deserve an A in Working Life 101? Or an F? The more generically impressive the resume, the higher the grade. A resume revealed how smart and hard-working a person was, and the smartest and hardest working people were the best, and therefore the most hirable.
If you’ve never written a professional resume before and you’re about to strike off in search of your first real-world, no-joke, adults-only position in the working world, the team at Free Resume Builder has two messages for you: First, congratulations! You’re on your way to a life of financial independence and professional fulfillment, and you’ll get there—we believe in you. And second, here are nine quick resume tips that can help you launch your search on the right foot.
Your resume is just about finished and ready for submission to potential employers, and for the most part, your credentials speak for themselves. You’re targeting employers who value the experience you possess and the skills you can demonstrate, and you know how to bring those skills into the foreground and leverage them to your advantage. But before you decide that your resume is officially complete, try these four simple moves. These minor tweaks have the power to make an already-great resume stand out just a little bit more.