Should I rewrite my resume?
I am looking for work and not getting any results. I'm wondering what I am doing wrong. I have a personal portfolio and blog site displaying my work and expertise, a comprehensive resume and descriptive cover letter. Is the job market down or am I missing something? I believe I am a good candidate for all the jobs I apply to. I'm wondering what I am doing wrong and what can I do to stand out in the application process.
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Hi, Liz! Don't upset! Maybe the reason of your problem is in an incorrect resume. If you want to be sure in an accuracy of your resume and waiting for efficient one, I recommend you to use special services of CV writing/editing, for example, http://craftresume.com or another one. With the help of such services, you can create a resume that will emphasize your skills and experience to get you noticed by an employer. Best of luck!
Liz - I haven't read all the comments but here's my 2 cents. You should actually have several versions of your resume. Which one you use would depend on what kind of job you are applying for. Example, if you're applying for a government hob, having that Top Secret clearance on there is important, even if it's not active because it shows that you were, at one time, eligible for it - a BIG PLUS! (you could put next to it something like "not currently active but still eligible" or something like that).
In fact, each resume and cover letter should be tailored specifically for each job to include the keywords mentioned in the job description. These days, most resumes and cover letters are computer screened looking for those keywords. So "top secret clearance" might get you through that first gateway. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but if you have a coupe of versions already done up, then you should be able to insert the necessary keywords with minimal tweaking.
Finally, have a friend check out your site on THEIR computer periodically to ensure there are no issues with anything like downloads, opening files, disappearing pix, etc.. I had a bunch of pix just disappear from mine for no reason for an unknown length of time - I could see them bc I was the adminn but I never found out they were missing until a potential job prospect notified me. So who knows how many opportunities I lost bc of it.
Best of luck!
In a word Yes, always update your resume, every year or each time you change jobs. Give it a pro styling.. Then get a professional to punch it up. It is well worth the cost. Keep it as short as possible, these days the old 2 to 3 pager is dead. As an employer, I am way to busy to, sit around reading long resumes. that is not to say you shouldn't write one however, but keep it for the interview. Send the shorter version with your application. Power words are the ticket to shortening your page.Do not use the generally excepted though (Excellent, Great etc.) go wild kid (Monumental, Fantastic, Super human), grab lines. get their attention.
Also keep a proof file handy, letters of recommendation, job performance sheets, Photos of completed projects, certificates, degrees, etc..
I am a seasoned veteran (euphemism for being old). I have been doing resumes all my life as a job seeker as well as a hiring manager. In the past I have followed the advice of so called experts and tried all the tricks. In the process I have come to the conclusion that being authentic about who you are, what you do and the benefits you bring is the best basis for your resume. I am the only one who knows my skills and talents and usefulness to prospective employers. My advice is to simply present yourself as you truly are in a way that is easy to read and follow. Give examples of the way you have used your talents and more importantly, how you plan to use them in the future to achieve your stated mission in life. Anything different is non-authentic and may be simply an impossible attempt to satisfy the values of a myriad of reviewers with every conceivable "set of key attributes". That is a crap shoot. So if your resume is written in this way, consider redoing it.
Very thoughtful answers to your question. Would suggest you go to a professional CV writer. At one stage a while ago, I was sending out CV's and getting nowhere. Once I invested in a professional CV makeover, interviews just kept poring out of the woodwork. My work experience hadn't changed, but the way it was presented and worded made the difference. Something for you to ponder. Wishing you success in your job search.
There are four points are important to apply any job:
1-You are able to this job or not, according to their criteria.
2-How do you design portfolio according to applying job.
3-your portfolio give your complete picture or it has scattered points.
4-Social networks ids' are showing your right personality.
Now that you have improved your resume, it's definitely time to work on your cover letter. The fact is that a lot of resumes don't even get looked at. If your cover letter isn't well-written, most likely, your resume will be deleted without being looked at. This is because employers get tens and even hundreds of job applications. They simply don't have the time to look through all those applications. If your cover letter doesn't show you to be professional and doesn't provide information on how you match the requirements for the job, then no matter how much your resume does, it won't be looked at. When preparing your cover letter, review the ad well and try to include the skills you have that are required for the job. Make it easy for the recruiter by showing how your qualifications, experience, and skills fit those required for the job. When the recruiter sees from your cover letter that you are the right candidate, they will most likely shortlist you and call you for an interview.