Especially in today’s job market, a good resume is the keys to getting the job that you want. Competition is high, even for entry level positions. Today most of the people are willing to settle for jobs which are considered as low end. If you do not sell yourself well, then you will lose a better position or giving an opportunity to someone with better resume writing skills than you. Your resume is the first thing that potential employers see from you and if it's not up to par then you won't be considered. Please check out the following parameters on which your resume is gauged. They are the general things which most of the people do not focus on but if they do then they will get the job.
- Include a cover letter with your resume when applying for a job position whether they ask for it or not. If written correctly it can be a powerful tool and adds more values to your resume.
- Before you start hunting for jobs, make sure that your resume is up-to-date.
- Use active verbs to describe your responsibilities in the most recent assignment.
- Follow a resume pattern like all the companies that you worked for, duration of the project, job title, and location should be bold, so that it denotes different section in the resume. This formatting should go with the other sections as well like education, summary, technical skills, soft skills, references etc.
- Remember that you should be aware of all the terms that you have specified in your resume. You should not be blank when interviewer asks you meaning of a word found in your resume or how would you like to explain yourself as so and so.
- Highlight your accomplishments. Employer always wants to know what you're good at to see if you're the right fit for their organization.
- Tailor your resume to fit the temporary legal staffing position you're applying for. Check the company's website before you apply and use keywords that they themselves are using in their marketing material. It will not only give you an insight to what the company is currently doing but you'll be speaking the same language as they do.
- Be honest and never lie in the resume although it may get you a job but it will come back to haunt you later.
- Do not create a resume that's too long and wordy. Employers don't have time to review wordy documents with hundreds of people applying for the same position. Keep it short and keep it to one or two pages at the most.
- Don't forget to add your name, address, telephone number and e-mail at the top of your resume. If you forget your contact information they have no way to contact you.
- Proofread your resume to check for grammatical or typo errors.
Remember: If you show little interest in your resume then employer will show interest in you.