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As a job seeker, you must have been warned several times by your seniors about the challenges that you will be facing as you search for your first job. It is possible also that you have done your own research about the techniques you can use to ensure that you will be hired in no time.

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Resume and career services

  1. 1. Cosmic Coaching Centre Corporate & Individual Career Solutions for Mid-Level Professionals & Executives Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 1
  2. 2. • As a job seeker, you must have been warned several times by your seniors about the challenges that you will be facing as you search for your first job. It is possible also that you have done your own research about the techniques you can use to ensure that you will be hired in no time. Although it would really help if you gather all those facts, information, and tips from other people, there is still no guarantee that they will work to your favor. Even if you work with people offering resume and career services, you will be told that you can never be sure that your job hunting strategies will work. Nevertheless, you would surely want to know everything that may or may not happen as you look for a job. Explained below are some facts about job searching that you may find shocking. Knowing these will help you change your strategy a bit, which could result in you finding a suitable job very soon. • Submitting a resume or CV through the employer’s website does not guarantee good results. As a matter of fact, it is more likely that your resume will not be read if your send it online. While it is true that most companies these days are electronically posting job openings and even accepting job applications, there are still not too many HR personnel who could screen and review the hundreds of resumes being sent to the site on a daily basis. What you should do instead is to pick up the phone, contact the hiring manager to introduce yourself and ask for an interview. Cosmic Coaching Centre Not all ‘job requirements’ are actually required. Even if you don’t have one or some of the must-haves for the job you are applying for, proceed with the application and just use the interview to address this issue. • Many hiring managers prefer not to ask too many questions during the interview. Contrary to what many of us believe, managers are not always fond of doing all the questioning during the interview. It is important that you also be prepared to ask some questions to the interviewer about the company. This will give them the impression that you are eager to know every aspect of the job you are applying for. Even professionals offering resume and career services would say that personality is always more important than what is in your resume. Employers are looking to hire people who will not have a hard time dealing with the other employees in the company. Thus, it is vital that you show that you are a good communicator, that you are a positive person and you are a good team player. Writing a resume is considered by many as a simple skill that the majority of us have. Well if this is true, you should also wonder why so many of the resumes submitted to employers or some kind of hiring services don’t even make it through the automation process, and therefore don’t get any chance of being read by real people? This simply goes to show that a lot of people have this huge Page 2
  3. 3. misconception about how resumes should be written. The good thing is that there are resume and career services that could help even an ordinary job applicant increase his/her chances of getting hired. Below are some aspects of a perfectly written resume that we normally take for granted and that experts would always know how to include in your resume. SPECIFIC SKILLS: Although this is one item that people know should be included in their resume, it is also one of the first mistakes in their resumes. Needless to say, you should state a particular skill of yours that match a specific job. However, the way you present this to the reader could be more important. Unless you are able to get the message across that you are capable of doing the job, you will not have any chance of getting an interview. This is something that professionals will help you with. FAMILIARITY WITH THE COMPANY: It is vital that your resume shows that you are familiar with the company. As you can imagine, there are hundreds and thousands of other job applicants out there, and you can definitely make your resume stand out by making it show how familiar you are with the brand of the company. Otherwise, it will be overlooked over and over again. LASTING IMPRESSION: An excellent resume should make the hiring personnel easily feel that you are the right person for the job. This means that your resume should be precise, straight to the point and must contain all the strong traits you have. But you might end up being overzealous in highlighting your special traits. Expert resume writers know exactly how to make your resume attractive and interesting to read. STRONG REFERENCE SECTION: Don’t think that it is enough that you list a few references in your resume. You have to make sure they are listed in a way that would make the readers understand the reason you are listing those names. What companies are looking for are the strongest references of an applicant in relation to the position being applied for. Cosmic Coaching Centre You may try to go on and write your resume on your own, but you will likely put importance only on the things you think matter. You have to understand that companies won’t care about the specific things you list on your resume. What they are after is to see how well you will fit in their company, and this is what professional resume and career services will help you with. I recently volunteered to review a client’s resume. She was applying for a job at a large Financial Institution. She had her artistic husband design a very creative resume, which showcased his graphic design skills. The resume looked great, if she was applying for an artistic position. You want your resume to be memorable and stand out from the others in the pack, but the design should match the position you are applying for and the company environment. Unless you are applying for a very conventional job with a conventional employer who will not appreciate a creative resume, you want a job resume that will set you apart for the other individuals vying for the job. You want a resume that is creatively smart and will best reflect your qualifications, giving you the opportunity to sell yourself to a potential employer. How to Make a Creative Resume If you really want to make a job search resume that surpasses the competition, there are some key elements that must be included, especially if you want your potential employer to notice that little something different that you will bring to the Page 3
  4. 4. company. Here are 4 tips that will help you prepare the perfect job resume: 1. Choose a font that will catch the attention of the reader. However, make certain it’s still easy to read and looks professional. Some fonts are great for letters and cards, but they are totally inappropriate for a professional resume. 2. Choose a theme that reflects a bit of your personality, while still remaining professional. For example, a person applying for a graphics artist position may create a template that reflects his/her talents in a professional way. Some resumes include a header that coincides with the applicant’s job qualifications. A nurse may choose a nursing header on the resume. It’s a good idea to have the resume divided into sections for easier reading. 3. Color is also important. If you are applying for a more traditional position, a white background is best. For example, you probably wouldn’t apply for a job with the FBI on pink stationary. However, if the job entails computer graphics or artistry, the resume should reflect something of your talents and expertise. 4. A creative resume should include all of the elements of any job resume. In fact, there is a recommended order that helps organize the information and assists your potential employer in locating the data. A creative resume doesn’t have to be difficult. You simply need to include all of the necessary elements, while making sure the design reflects the position for which you are applying and stands out amongst all of the other resumes in the pile. Then, your job resume is more likely to be selected for the next step in the job application process. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 4