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Resume Tips From a Hiring Manager

Reader Resume Tips: bluebellknoll Shares How to Get It Right

Crafting the perfect resume and being the ideal candidate is hard work. bluebellknolI shared that she's in the process of hiring a person at her office and has been sifting through resumes. Here are her tips for getting noticed.

  1. If the ad states sending a resume and cover letter do both. Don't send a generic cover letter either. Mention the position open, where you saw the ad (if applicable) and share a little information about yourself and your abilities. If you only send a resume it comes off as if you didn't care to put any work into applying for the job (same goes with a generic cover letter).
  2. Use spell-check and proofread. I don't know how many times I've seen "ad" spelled "add". Also, I've noticed that a lot of people will compose sentences filled with buzzwords that make absolutely no sense.

Keep reading for more tips.

  1. Do not lie on your resume. I'm really surprised how many people have said that they have experience on paper but at the interview will admit they really have no experience. That will get you a swift kick out the door.
  2. Lastly, put a pleasant message on your phone. I'm not impressed when I get rapping, slangy, "funny", rude (trying to be "funny") voice mail messages when I'm trying to call and schedule an interview.
  3. Overall, try to stay positive. With this economy, it's going to take a little time but if you stay dedicated and organized when you send resumes something good will happen. Good luck!

Share your proven tips and suggestions in comments, and or share your own list of tips in our Resume Remedy group.

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
You'd be surprised at how many people don't do these things. I'd say that 25% of the resumes that came in had no cover letter. Of those about 30-40% of those were generic "attached is my resume please call me for an interview" cover letters.
hausfrau hausfrau 5 years
I hear these same tips over and over ( no offense to bluebellknoll) and I keep wondering who are these people who don't do this?? And who is getting hired over the people who do all these things if these tips are really a problem?
LeiraElle LeiraElle 5 years
If applicants don't have the maturity and professional attitude to already know these things, they shouldn't be considered. That may be harsh, but it just seems logical to me.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Great tips! I'd also add: have someone ELSE proofread your resume. Once you've read something over several times it's easy to miss small errors And AMEN! to the voice mail. No one wants to "enjoy this music while your party is being reached." Your VM should be something like "Hello, you've reached ______. I am not available to take your call right now. Please leave your name and a telephone number and I will return you call shortly."
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
Honestly, even if it doesn't state that you need both a resume and a cover letter, it's still a really good idea to do both. In fact, if you're just asked to supply a resume but provide a cover letter as well, it shows that you're willing to go above and beyond to be professional and that you're actually interested in the position - not just dropping your resume anywhere and everywhere. I'm not sure how or if this applies to walk-in-fill-out-an-application type of jobs where they ask for resources that they'll never contact. However, I would imagine that even if you're dropping off an application without a resume, it wouldn't hurt to have a short but well-thought-out cover letter. In this job market, competition is tough, so it never hurts to try and get a leg up.
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