We had a great time meeting folks in Melville, NY this week at a career fair and it’s always an inspiration to see folks plugging away, keeping their chins up in a difficult economy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should all commiserate. The economy is turning around nicely, but just not fast enough for some people.
To those who have been pounding the streets for some months, or maybe since 2010 without employment please don’t give up. Companies are hiring and we are there to help your resume, which is the first step in the right direction.
Your resume needs 3 components. It needs truth, compassion and appeal.
If you are speaking the truth on your resume you can hold your head high and tell a clean story. If you tell a truthful story you can tell it with conviction and compassion. If you show your true self in your resume and you deliver a passionate message make sure the message is getting through with visual appeal.
You can control all three of these components, but you might not have the knowledge of how to deliver visual appeal. Here are some helpful hints. Keep the formatting clean by lining things up. You would be surprised how many resumes I see where things just aren’t lined up. Keep all the components of the resume similar. We make all our section headings bold and all caps. Double check your resume to make sure yours are similarly formatted. Of course the content must make sense. Organize your thoughts in a way that you tell a story about each role and then make some bulleted highlights for each role.
Every resume is different, but like a book, has similar features. Just don’t let your story end up in the fiction section.