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Your Resume is Just One of the Tools in Your Job Search
A resume is a tool. It allows employers to see what skills you have and what benefits you bring to the table. When an employers looks over your resume they will most likely scan for highlighted points. Most HR people do this. This way they weed out your resume.
When writing your resume, make sure you tailor it for your specific job. You want the employer to see what you have to offer.
Put yourself in their shoes. If you were the hiring manager what would you want to see? Would you want to see that someone was able to reduce costs or was able to use a certain computer program?
Think of all the relevant things you did in your experience. Take all the time you need here. Write down everything you have to offer. Don't skimp. The goal is to keep writing them down.
Once you have your list. Go over them and pick out ones that stand out to you. Again, think like the hiring manager would.
What would you be looking for? Do this until you pick out a list of 3-5 things you can use on your resume. Once you have these down, ask yourself. Do they answer the all important question? What's in it for me?
HR may get a hold of your resume first. This is why this step is crucial. They will most likely scan over your resume for the key points. If you don't have them, it's probably good bye and in the round file.
If you think your resume has gone in the round file and you have no chance of being hired with that company think again.
This is where you can put your calling skills to work. Call the company and find out who is the head of the department you want to work in. See if you can get his or her email address. If not and you get voice mail leave a message like this.
Hello, my name is Paul John.
I sent my resume in to you about 4 months ago. I trust you were able to read it. I am very interested in a sales position with your company. I was able to produce a 100% growth rate over a three year period. Please give me a call back so that I know if you were able to read my resume or not. My number is...
You want to leave the finer points here about what you have to offer. If you are able to get the managers email address, apply the same principals as you would with the voice mail.
Just be personal in your writing. Speak to the manager as if you were in person but also be professional.
You can use this technique when you don't think you are going to get a call back from a company. This could be anywhere from 3-6 months.
Remember if something does not work out with a company, always try something different.
Todd Jirecek is the Author of: Headhunting Secrets Revealed.
If you want to learn more go to: http://www.headhuntingsecrets.com
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