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Resume Writing Tips


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  • Your resume writing tips are right on. In addition to what you have written I would add these two points. First, keep it simple, especially when re-entering after an extended period out of the job market. Those reentering frequently struggle with content, wanting to "fill out" their resumes, adding more ink to the page. Fact is, a clean, neat, simple resume will stand out. Second, keep cover letters (or cover emails) brief and entirely focused on the specifics of the job. Just noting the correct position title sets many candidates apart. Further, the body length should be two or three lines (max!) stating why the job is of interest and what makes the applicant qualified. As a general rule, the greater the background problem or the longer the time on the sidelines, the simpler the resume AND cover letter. Jobs One and Two? Get in and Stay in. Your resume will organically grow with real work history. Keep things simple and to the point to Get In. John
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Resume Writing Tips

  1. 1. Look into the company’s policies. Research whether your criminal record must be addressed, based on the company’s policies. Many employers conduct background checks, so be sure you know what to expect. Spotlight your transferable skills. When listing your skills at the beginning of your resume, focus on any skills that can apply or be transferred to the position you want. Employers want to know that you’re flexible and willing to learn. Explain your circumstances. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to address your conviction in a cover letter or an accompanying letter. Provide examples of your trustworthiness. If you can provide examples on your resume of times when you demonstrated your value, do so. Giving concrete examples of past accomplishments can carry more weight than simply listing skills. Create a skills-based resume. Start your resume with a list of qualifications relevant to the position you’re seeking. Detail any experience or accomplishments related to those qualifications. Emphasize the positive. Highlight any new skills or experience gained during your incarceration that may be relevant to the job you’re seeking. Any education you received while in prison can be listed on your resume the same as traditional education. Move work history farther down your resume. Your resume should emphasize your qualifications, not your work history. However, be sure to list your work history after your skills and experience. If you had a job while in prison, list the state as your employer in your work history. Know your rights. Depending on where you are, there may be laws that prohibit employers from asking certain questions about your criminal record. Know your rights regarding what employers can and cannot ask on the application and during the interview. Don’t try to hide or lie about your record. Although some employers may be wary of hiring someone with a criminal record, they’re sure to turn down anyone who lies about his or her past. Answer questions honestly, but don’t over-explain. If employers ask questions about your criminal record, be forthcoming and honest. However, don’t dwell on it — you may come across as if you’re trying to make excuses for your past behavior. A criminal record can seriously hinder a job search, but a strong resume can help you overcome it. Here are some tips for writing a good resume even with a criminal record. Resume Writing Tips For Job Seekers With Criminal Records