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Although I have blogged about resume writing before, this time I would like to include new information that will help you update your resume for future submittals.

There are innovative ways to present your resume that look great; however, they are not working for you if they lack key pieces of information.

Contact Information

What should you include?

First Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip
Phone (Cell/Home)
Email Address

Many of you may be skeptical about including your address in your resume, but you are making it harder for the recruiter to include you in their search. You may be willing to drive 30 miles one way to work, however that distance could be the deal breaker for the employer.

Degree v Skills

Education

What is the salary difference between a degree from XYZ prestigious university and a degree from ABC state college? According to Riviera Partners’ placement data, the difference is about $12,482. The difference is not as much as what most people assume it is; however, those that graduated from prestigious universities had to pay more tuition than those in state and jr colleges.

Skills

Resumes are parsed into a database that recruiters are able to access and browse by field. The recruiters browse through hundreds and thousands of resumes in search of a candidate with skills specific to a job order.

The skills and experience content in your resume will determine your qualifications for that specific position.

Experience

Recent graduates should read our post on the importance of internships.

Gaps in employment are not uncommon, but should be filled with relevant information such as volunteer work. Doing volunteer work is fulfilling and beneficial to your career. A cover letter may be used to explain employment gaps, but they are often not parsed.

Don’t forget to give examples!

 

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We are a week into the new year and one of your resolutions  is most likely to find a new job in 2011. Where do you start?

Technology

The internet has made it easier to find new job openings and research companies. Popular job search engines like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Dice, LinkedIn, and Craigslist provide job seekers a variety of job opportunities. Today you can keep track of your account using your mobile phone using their free apps.

 Social Media

Twitter

You may be reluctant to sign up for a Twitter account, and you don’t need an account to search for jobs. On the Twitter.com home page you can enter words into the search box.

The search results you get back are a result of tweets with hashtags, which are words preceded by the number sign (#jobs).  You can make it specific to “Accounting jobs” and the search results are updated live.

I recommend reading How To: Use Twitter Hashtags to Boost Your Job Search on Mashable for more basics on using Twitter.

LinkedIn

It’s important to update your LinkedIn profile. Update your picture, jobs/titles, summary, etc. Add people to your network. Networking helps you where Monster and other websites can’t. That is to say, you make connections with people that work somewhere, recommend you or provide information about their jobs.

Resume

Some websites may ask you to upload your resume in pdf format to avoid viruses. On Word 2007, you choose the option “Save As” a PDF instead of .doc or .docx.

Before you send it, make sure you look at our post Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips

https://protemsolutions.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/careertips/

Good luck!

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Most computers today come equipped with webcams, but you might not use it often. Soon you will find yourself having a video job interview.

Why are companies chosing this method?

Pro-Tem Solutions recruits candidates for positions nationwide. The recruiter may need get to know you better, but is too far to meet with you. The next best option is a video interview. It is similar to a phone interview, but you have to make sure you have a reliable internet connection.

Skype is one of the most popular internet video call providers. You may have already watched tv show hosts–like Oprah Winfrey–use Skype on their shows instead of having guests live in the studio. They’re using this method with guests to save money on flight and hotel accommodations. Similarly, businesses save money on travel costs using video calls/interviews.

Convenience

  • The internet call service is free no matter where you’re calling.
  • It’s easy to set up an account.
  • You don’t have to drive any where.
  • You won’t catch traffic.
  • The atmosphere is more comfortable, so you’re not as nervous.

How to Approach the Call/Interview

You may recall a few months ago we posted a blog titled, “Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips” and it gave you basic tips regarding the phone interview. The same applies to video calls, but this time you have to dress up. TIME  video has great tips regarding lighting and the room you use during the video interview.

The Downside

  • Video calling hasn’t been perfected yet, and it is possible for the call to be interrupted by a bad connection.
  • The sound quality–for example an inaudible microphone–so it’s important to check your connection with someone else ahead of time.
Regardless of the type of interview you have (phone, video or office) make sure you are prepared for the questions they ask you, and have questions.

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