Recently on Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast, Pete and I discussed different tips on how to prepare for an interview. We briefly talked about your resume and knowing it well enough to explain the key points and strengths you would like the prospective employer to know about you.
Your resume may be the first impression that employer has. You only get one chance to make that impression, so you want to make it a good one! When I was in Human Resources, I looked at several resumes a day, if I saw what I needed, I called. It took me about 20-30 seconds to determine if this was the case or not. Needless to say, you don't get a lot of time to make that first impression.
Below are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Spell Check - Luckily the computer should notify you with a red underline when a word is misspelled but double check anyway. If I noticed a word misspelled, I didn't make the call.
2. Keep the resume simple and easy to read. Simple means using a basic font, nothing with cursive or so fancy it's hard to read. Keep it to one to two pages long at the very most. Long paragraphs of information can easily get overlooked and important information gets missed. Make sure to only include the most important key points.
3. I realize that a generic cover letter and objective on a resume is an easier approach when sending out several resumes, however, make sure you get the company name right. I worked for a credit union and if the name of a different credit union or bank was in either the documents, I didn't make the call.
4. With this said, if you are really interested in a job, then I recommend taking the time to make the cover letter and resume specific to that job. Use the same keywords in the resume that are used in the job description. Show in your cover letter that you know their company by stating a fact or two about why it's such a great company, followed by why you would be a great fit for the company.
5. Get a second opinion on your resume. Preferably if you know someone in Human Resources or a Hiring Manager. They can give you honest feedback if the resume is easy to read, organized, and can suggest any improvements.
Last but not least, be honest. You want to put your best self forward, so by all means this is the time to highlight your skills and your accomplishments, but do it with integrity.
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