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Resume Resolutions - A Time For Change!

It’s that time of year when we all make resolutions for personal improvement.  What will your 2012 career resolution be?  If you are in the market for employment upgrade, I urge you to consider a resume makeover.  Using basic building blocks, you can create a dynamic resume as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

Block 1 - RESUME BASE
Firstly, you will need to decide which style of resume best suits your job background and current needs.

Functional Resume
Otherwise known as a “skills based resume”, a functional resume organizes your work experience by job function rather than by chronological order.
·         This type of resume emphasizes your skills, abilities and areas of expertise rather than a chronological career history. 
·         Based on the type of job you are applying for, you can group your experience into headings such as Leadership, Accounting, Inventory, Strategic Planning, or whatever skill set your potential employer is looking for. 
·         Make sure you utilize action driven descriptors and quantifiable statistics to support your sections.

Chronological Resume
A chronological resume will highlight your employment from your current/most recent job, working backwards for about 10+ years.
·         List your employment with start and end dates.   
·         The bulk of the resume highlights your related experience showing successive advancement in responsibility, titles and experience.
·         A chronological resume is not recommended if you have gaps in your career summary as it will be markedly obvious to the reader and may raise red flags.

Block 2 - VISUAL
Since you only have around 15 to 30 seconds to catch the readers eye and elicit a “yes” or “no” decision, you need to put your best foot forward. Make sure you use a visually appealing format that highlights your greatest assets first.  Also, use no more than two (2) complimentary fonts throughout the document; do not use any fancy fonts that are hard to read or detract from the “meat” of the document.  Additionally, consider using bullets to “pop” or highlight information you want to draw attention to and read with ease.

Block 3 - CUSTOMIZED
Make sure you tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for. Incorporate industry jargon and keywords from the job advertisement/job description to include in your resume.  The mega job board careerbuilder.com  states “most companies use applicant tracking software, which scans resumes for keywords relating to skills, training, degrees, job titles and experience. Make sure your resume gets through the gatekeeper -- present your qualifications as if the reader is comparing the words on the resume to a list of desired qualifications.”

Make a resolution to build a new resume and kick start your career in a higher gear for 2012.  You don’t have to DIY your resume improvements, Regal Resumes can help!  You can find us at www.regalresumes.com

On December 4th Caitlin Sampson from Regal Resumes, LLC. appeared on the ROJS radio show for the 2nd installment of 'Finding Employment in the 21st Century'. If you missed Sunday's show, you can listen here:


 To enter the Regal Resumes and Reach Out Job Search resume package giveaway, please email: webmaster@reachoutjobsearch.com

Guest Writing for Regal Resumes:
JOLAINE JACKSON, SPHR, IPMA-CP






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