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  •  Diana, your resume diaries are terrific (2+ / 0-)
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    Piren, Lujane

    As someone who has reviewed literally thousands of resumes, I wish that more applicants would have adhered to your suggestions.

    My company once got 1300 resumes in response to an advertisement, and I looked at every single one. It's crucial that a reviewer find some "hook" to pass the resume on to the next level of review and save it from the "no further interest" pile.

    Things that made a positive difference - beyond having education and employment experience that were well-matched to the job included:

    Neatness, clarity, and attention to grammar - don't "tell" me that you're "attentive to detail" in the context of a sloppy resume  

    A well-crafted cover letter - tell my "why you?" and "why this job/company?  If we spoke by phone or met at a conference, mention that (NOTE: for companies that offer employees a recruitment bonus for finding new hires, this is a great help in proving that the resume came in through them!)

    A clear explanation of how you would add value to the organization, preferably immediately - demonstrate that you have the skills, training, connections, and proven ability to deliver

    Evidence of a well-rounded life - if you're active in the community, non-profit organizations, professional societies, or sports, please include that.  

    For more senior employees, relevant metrics (size of projects managed, dollars saved, value of work brought into the firm)

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    Thank you for this diary series. It's one of the most valuable features of DailyKos. You are helping our members navigate a daunting employment scene.

    You cannot enlighten the unconscious.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:27:31 AM PDT

    •  Thank you, Cassandra (2+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, Lujane

      Although I'm not an expert, just a writer who discovered that she had a knack for writing resumes, I want to share what I know with this community.  My heart breaks for people who have lost their jobs.  Times are so hard.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 09:58:29 AM PDT

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