So, you want a new job?

During the day I work in an office, and we are hiring for several positions (we’ve been busy!). I thought I’d share some resume / job application tips to folks who may be searching for a job. Remember: you only get a minute (or less) to make the first cut. Seriously. Screening resumes is like doing triage in an emergency room.

  1. It seems like a no-brainer, but this seems to be missed a lot: Read the entire job description and make sure you are qualified for, and actually interested in, the job.
  2. Write a cover letter. This is your introduction, your chance to express yourself a little bit, to expand on your experiences and qualifications. Keep it brief, don’t include your life’s history, but do write one. It gives us an insight into who you are and how you communicate, and why you are applying for the job. And if there is anything about your resume and the job that don’t seem to align, explain it a bit in the cover letter (like making a career change, or moving across the country).
  3. Do not use a stock cover letter for every job you apply for. Change it, personalize it, and for goodness sake: don’t address it to the wrong company.
  4. Keep your resume brief but provide enough information to outline your experience. List job titles, duration, and a description of what you did at each company. Remember, we are looking to match your skills to our needs.
  5. If there are specific skills required for the job, be sure your resume highlights those. It’s better to leave off irrelevant skills than to not include ones that are being asked for.
  6. SPELL THINGS CORRECTLY. I cannot over-emphasize this. Double- and triple-check your spelling and grammar. Have someone else read it. Check your formatting, watch commas and periods.
  7. Be professional and avoid the use of slang. This isn’t the time to use textspeak.
  8. Providing a couple of references from prior jobs is great. Providing a reference from your BFF and/or mother is not.
  9. Toot your own horn! While you shouldn’t lie about your accomplishments, try to think critically about what you have achieved, and what you are really good at – even if your previous jobs didn’t require it. Ask a friend if you can’t think of anything. List them as special skills, qualifications, experiences, etc. You may not think you have anything, but I bet you do. But:
  10. Don’t over-do the tooting. Don’t claim to know everything about everything in six weeks.
  11. Facebook (or Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit, whatever is cool now) is not a skill, unless you are applying for a position that actually requires social media posts (see #6). Otherwise, it’s an interest or hobby, and probably best left off the resume.
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About wonkydonkey

You want random? You got it. Mostly knitting and gardening, with some home improvements, pets, baking, family, and the occasional bad joke thrown in for good measure. This blog is mine; it is a place where I can insist upon proper grammar or break my own rules and degrade into slang on a whim. Either way, it's still mine. I love the Internet.
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One Response to So, you want a new job?

  1. globestrut says:

    Now those are some useful hacks for a good resume. Thank you for the pointers😊😊

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