Let’s learn how to write a resume that gets you noticed! Then, be on your way to making additional income and ultimately financial freedom!
First off, over the past year to 18 months, I’ve reviewed more resumes than I can count. Truth be told, more than I care to count. You would be surprised how many ended up in the trash! Further, as a college lecturer, I used to help students with their resumes. Having an up-to-date resume is very important. More importantly, having a “competent looking” resume is of first importance!
Nevertheless, back to my original point, I have seen some awful resumes. You literally wouldn’t believe how many resumes I’ve looked at for people applying for high paying jobs that are just absolutely dreadful. Needless to say, lots of these dreadful resumes ended up in the trash or the virtual trash! It’s time to buck that trend! H Cap Consulting 360 is all about helping you acquire the skills you need to make additional income on your path to financial freedom!
The Cover Letter
First off, yes, it’s a bit more work, but you definitely want to include a cover letter. Now, don’t be like so many and write an entire novel (because that will get your resume tossed in the trash). However, a cover letter about 1/2 to 3/4 of a page is perfect! This is a very important skill that you want to learn. Including a cover letter shows you care, it shows you are taking the time to show interest in the position, and it shows your interest.
Next, in your cover letter, include a proper salutation, and then express your interest in the job for which you are applying. Say a few words about your qualifications and how they would the position you want. Then, start a new paragraph and discuss your qualifications (and education if appropriate). Again, this shouldn’t be lengthy, but just something to show why you would be a good fit. Finally, include a closing paragraph and let it be known that you would love the chance to talk further.
Now, for a few words of caution. Don’t write in all caps, don’t write in numerous colors, and definitely do not include fancy logos and drawings all over the cover letter. I can see you laughing as you read this, but believe me, I have seen this more frequently than I care to count.
The Resume: Header and Qualifications
Let’s now learn to write a resume that gets you noticed. (Remember, we will give you a free resume and cover letter at the end of our article). Keep in mind that whoever is looking at your resume is probably going to skim it. In essence, you will be lucky if they look at it for 30 seconds to a minute. If it’s unpleasing to the eye, it’s going in the trash. Further, try and keep it to 1-2 pages. If you have more than that, it’s not going to be taken seriously.
Therefore, first, include a header with your name and contact information. Nothing too flashy and too bold, but you want it to be noticeable. Again, do not make it too big or have numerous colors. You want it to appear sleek and professional. You want plenty of space as too much wording will make everything run together. Remember, the reviewer of the resume is only going to be glancing!
Next, include a “qualifications profile” section. This is something that’s a very brief paragraph highlighting your accomplishments and skills. This should just be a few sentences and not be anything crazy. Moreover, at the end of this section, include 4 to 6 bullet points or check marks highlighting your qualifications. These skills could include “public speaking experience,” “team player,” “leader,” or whatever your skills may be.
The Resume: Career Highlights & Experience
Moving on down, you now want to include a section with your career highlights. You want to probably use bullet points, but this is a chance to brag about all of your greatest achievements. Consider just 3 to 4 bullet points. Also, remember we’re not writing a book here. Moreover, remember that we have maybe 30 seconds to 1 minute to make your case. In my case, I mentioned I had spoken at numerous conferences and delivered numerous webinars.
Now, you want to focus on your professional experience listing your most recent experience first. Again, remember, you don’t want to be too bold or flashy, but you probably want to bold your title and employer. Then for your experience, again use bullet points. For a resume, less is better. Your interview is the place for elaboration!
The Resume: Education, Associations & References
Finally, list your relevant education (if applicable). You want to make sure you list the institution, any relevant coursework, and your GPA if you want to. Further, list any professional associations or certifications you may have. For example, if you’re a CPA, make note of that. If you’re a member of the Chamber of Commerce or Optimist Club, note that.
In closing, unless references are specifically asked for, then I would not include them. This is just my opinion, but you want to keep your page length and volume down. Furthermore, references can be provided later on in the hiring process.
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