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Common sense can get you a job

February 25th 2011 10:25
I listen to so called experts explaining on how to get a job and what not to do. I have to say, these experts are lucky to be called experts. The one most common thing people forget to do with their resume, is update it correctly.

Correctly is defined by simply, what will employers expect to read about you. This will not include a JOB OBJECTIVE. If you are good at blending in a resume without the need for that title, then do just that. The common sense is, if you have a resume submitted to several places and still no call backs, then please modify your resume.

This was common sense to me, since i was laid off almost 2 years ago, and had my OLD resume out there, and completely forgot to update it. When I received no call backs after a 2 month period, I immediately looked over my resume. I cut everything that didn't need to be there. Nobody care about your characteristics, they care about what relates to the job your applying for, and if you are a good candidate for the job. This means eliminate anything that doesn't relate to the job when it comes to the body. If you have a degree keep that there. Now if you have a job at culvers when you were 15, please don't include that.

I rewrote my resume, and instantly the next day, I received 5 call backs. Unfortunately I was going to school, so the places that called back, couldn't accommodate for my school, so I had to wait. My point is, edit out your old resume and bring it to the current time. We all need jobs due to the economy, so if you are not an expert, or don't sound like one with your resume, chances of you getting a job are very slim. So the common sense, is edit your old resume if you are not getting results. Bottom line, if you sound like an expert and dress for an interview, you have a good chance of being considered for that job.

Dishonest is not allowed on a resume, but withholding information is allowed. If you are seeking employment for a short time, don't tell them that, or if you are going for accounting, don't tell a machine shop you are going for your degree. They will obviously assume, that after your school is completed, that you will quit your current job and seek employment in the accounting field. If you get the chance, ask the interviewer questions, and loosen up. Nobody likes a stiff.


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