Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Resume Writing

The art of the job search really comes down to a successfully designed resume. Yahoo! Hotjobs, where you can also find the most up to date DISCOVER STAFFING job postings, has a great resource for resume tips.

Some people suggest using a resume writing service to prepare your resume. Most recruiters will tell you that this is a waste of your money. Resume writing, though it may seem daunting, is a relatively simple endeavor. Once you follow some basic steps the rest is simply making sure that the resume format is easy to read. Don't make your resume too busy by including lots of different font styles, graphics or colors. By no means should you include a photograph of yourself on your resume. Let your experience speak for itself. It is also a good idea to tailor your resume for each position. This allows you to really showcase the skills that relate to the particular job.

One last suggestion regarding your contact information. This may seem like a small thing, but make sure you are using a professional sounding email address. Most of the time it should be some form of your own name such as your first initial and last name. Don't use that personal email address like "FootballNut44" or "Superscrapbooker". And please make sure that your email address isn't inappropriately suggestive in any way such as "hotmama08". Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo are free services where you can create new email addresses and manage your inbox. That way, you can still use your personal email address for friends and family.

You can find more information on resume mistake that annoy hiring managers in this article from Careerbuilder.

Best of luck with your resume and in your job search.