Top 5 Resume Tips

If you want to get an interview you better be darn sure your resume is in tip top shape. This video will give you 5 solid tips to get you started.

For your convenience here is the transcript of the video:

MIKE
Hi I'm Mike, and this is my friend Jeff.  But you probably know us as the Interview Guys.  Today Jeff and I are talking about one of the most important requirements for getting a job interview, your resume.

JEFF
Whether you are applying for a job as a cashier at a donut shop like our friend Shirley here, or as the CEO of a major corporation, your resume is an extremely important part of your job search.

MIKE
I bet you wish you were applying for a job here Jeff...I mean you come here so much that you may as well work here.

JEFF
What can I say?  I'm a bit of a long john guy.

MIKE
A few more donuts and you'll be looking like a "wide john" guy...anyway...your resume acts as the first impression with your potential employer, and ultimately can be the deciding factor in whether or not you even get an interview.

JEFF
That's why we've decided to give you our Top 5 tips for getting the most out of your resume. And make sure you watch this video until the end, because we're going to show you exactly how to make sure your resume stands out against all of your competition.  So what's the first tip Mike?

MIKE
Our first resume tip is to keep it simple in terms of design.  If your resume looks cluttered and confusing to you, imagine what the hiring manager is going to think -   That you're a cluttered and confused employee.  You also want to stay away from using any fancy designs and fonts.  That means none of your signature smiley faces or hearts, okay Jeff?

JEFF
Copy that Mike.  Tip #2 is that you need to include important keywords in your resume.  Companies nowadays use digital database technology to scan resumes for important keywords, meaning, that if you don't have those keywords in your resume than your resume won't get put in the "yes" pile!  You can generally find the best keywords to use in the job description.

MIKE
Our third resume tip is to use what we like to call "power words".  Instead of writing that you "worked on this or that", try using more effective vocabulary like "implemented", "developed", "initiated" or "executed".  These power words will show the potential employer that you are capable and intelligent.

JEFF
Tip #4 is to remember to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for.  Every job you apply for is going to have a unique set of requirements, and you should ensure that your experience and skills are completely aligned with those requirements.  You should have a different, unique resume for every job you apply for.

MIKE
And last but not least, Tip #5 is to consider getting professional help.  While you are definitely capable of putting together an acceptable resume, in today's grueling job market, sometimes "acceptable" just isn't enough.  It's really important that you stand out, so having a professional writer in your corner will not only save you a ton of time, but also ensure your first impression is a memorable one.

JEFF
Mike's right.  A lot of our students use resume-writing and editing services with great success.  So we wanted to go out and try a few of them out, and see which ones we liked the best.   We found one that did a really great job, and have written a review for it.

MIKE
If you think you need some help with your resume, we suggest that you read the review right away!  These professionals will help you with using keywords, tailoring your resume to the job you're interviewing for, and ensure that your resume gets put on the "yes pile" every time!

 

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Top 5 Resume Tips

Your first point of attack in terms of getting a job is your resume. Make sure it's air tight and puts you in the best light!

Follow these 5 tips to make sure your resume is up to snuff. Then go check out our 5 essential resume tips article for more in depth tips and info on crafting the perfect resume.

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