Resume Format Options

Resume Format Options

Which resume format is the right fit for you? It depends quite a bit on your level of experience in the field for which you are applying. Below are a few of the more popular options that you will find suitable for your profession of choice: Chronological Functional Chronological-Functional Combo Resume Letter You may have grappled with whether to set up a chronological or functional resume. A chronological resume focuses on work experience, providing a reverse-chronological employment history and ample detail about job duties and accomplishments. This type of resume works for applicants on a steady career track, because it emphasizes work experience. A functional resume highlights key skills and downplays work experience. The functional resume format is a good choice for career changers making a radical career shift and job seekers with sketchy work histories, including excessive job-hopping and employment gaps. The combination, or hybrid, resume. The combination resume incorporates the best of the chronological and functional formats. Generally, it leads with a description of functional skills and related qualifications, followed by a reverse-chronological employment history. This format allows you to state your most relevant qualifications up front, while providing the employment timeline that many hiring managers like to see. The disadvantage is that this hybrid format still includes a detailed employment history, so job-hopping, gaps and unrelated experience will be more apparent than they would be in a functional resume. Who Should Use a Combination Resume? Many job seekers would benefit from using a combination resume. The addition of a career summary pinpoints the candidate’s top credentials so employers readily see it’s a good match. If you fall into any one of the following categories, you may want to consider going this route with your resume: Students, New Graduates and Entry-Level Job Seekers: This allows job seekers to emphasize their skills rather than their short-lived employment history. Workers with a Steady, Consistent Employment History: The addition of a qualifications summary pinpoints the top credentials for the job objective so employers readily see it’s a good match. Career Changers: Unless you’re making a radical career change, in which case a functional resume probably makes more sense. Applicants Reentering the Job Market: Again, this...

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What Exactly Does a Headhunter Do?

What Exactly Does a Headhunter Do?

A headhunter is a job recruiter who specializes in matching highly skilled professionals with corporate clients. He or she might be an independent contractor or work through an agency where each agent specializes in particular areas of employment and possibly also in geographic areas. Corporations benefit from using a headhunter or a headhunting service in two ways. It eliminates the need to place an advertisement for the open position and then address the inevitable list of applicants, most of which will be unfit for various reasons. A headhunter does the tedious work of finding good candidates, providing an initial screening mechanism that saves the corporation valuable time. In turn, the recruiter is paid a fee if he or she is able to find the right candidate, typically a small percentage of the annual starting salary of the filled position. This payment arrangement encourages headhunters to build lasting, tight relationships with corporate clients. The more successful someone is in filling recruitment positions, the more likely the client company will look to him or her for other job placement opportunities. Both parties benefit mutually from this relationship, as do those seeking gainful employment. While half of the headhunter’s job is working for corporate clients, the other half consists of working for those seeking employment. Anyone can call a headhunting service to be considered for job opportunities. Typically, a resume is submitted to the service, and this is followed by a verbal interview, either in person or over the phone. The recruiter gets a feel for the personality, skills, and needs of the recruit. This will include factors like willingness to travel, to relocate or to work extended hours. In some cases, the fee is paid by the hired recruit rather than the company. People who are considering working with a headhunter to find employment should be sure to clarify who will pay for the service. Headhunters can present a person with employment opportunities that he or she would otherwise miss. Those who have established, trusting relationships with their corporate clients also act as a positive boon for the applicant. A good word from a trusted recruiter can make a difference in the attitude of the interviewer towards the candidate, warming...

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Popular Job Search Engines

Popular Job Search Engines

Considering there are pretty much always in excess of ten million job seekers currently out there in the United States alone, the resources available for the unemployed (or underemployed) are vast. With the exception of highly skilled positions, Craigslist has been our favorite online resource for most new job postings. You can find a list of a few of the top job search engines included below: Career Builder Craigslist Flipdog Hot Jobs Indeed LinkedIn Monster Simply...

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Preparing for an Interview

Preparing for an Interview

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW: Before an interview, a company wants to know a little about you through a resume.  In the same way, it is important for you to have some preview information about the company’s “resume”. Take time to do some research about the company — its office environments, products or services, growth, and potential. Another way to get ready for an interview is to prepare a list of questions to take with you.  It is also important to prepare an idea in your own mind of how to answer anticipated questions like: Why are you contemplating a change, and/or Why did you leave previous positions? What do you consider to be your strengths/weaknesses? What do you see yourself doing in two – five years?  (Explain what you’re also doing to prepare yourself.) Who are your references?  (Be ready with names and phone numbers of pre-called, professional references that know your work, and are prepared to speak well of you. Tell me about you.  (This is not open invitation to ramble.  Emphasize things that relate to the job.  Reply…”I’d love to, exactly where would you like me to begin?”) Think of these words when planning your answers: ACTION WORDS:  I…planned, created, originated, initiated, developed, conceived, implemented, formulated. RESULT WORDS:  It…led to…I…contributed, demonstrated that, saved, reduce, collected, achieved, provided for, increased, evaluated. LEADERSHIP WORDS:  I…organized, directed, led, supervised, guided, managed, was responsible for, presided over, coordinated, gave direction to, built.   **  REHEARSE     REHEARSE     REHEARSE  ** DURING THE INTERVIEW: Attire For women: A straightforward business suit is best. Wear sensible pumps. Be moderate with make-up and perfume. Wear simple jewelry. Hair and fingernails should be well groomed. For men: A clean, ironed shirt and conservative tie are a must. A simple jacket or business suit is a good idea as well. Shoes should be polished. Face should be clean-shaven; facial hair should be neatly trimmed. Hair and fingernails should be well groomed. Arrive early for your interview.  If, for an unavoidable reason, you will be late, call ahead. Shake hands firmly with everyone you meet, look them in the eye and smile. Bring a copy of your resume with reference names and...

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Top Ten Reasons for Using Employment Services

Top Ten Reasons for Using Employment Services

More to come here. Just plain english for now.

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Resume Help

Resume Help

Test literature here. More to come.

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