9 Ways to Impress Me With Your Resume

I RECEIVE A LOT OF RESUMES AT ROCK-IT, AND WHILE THERE ARE DEFINITELY SOME GREAT CANDIDATES IN THE MIX, I CAN’T HELP BUT QUESTION SOME OF THE SUBMISSIONS that come in. Whether they are from PR newbies or seasoned pros, some are riddled with errors, some spell my name incorrectly, some don’t spell check — it’s a surefire way to not get hired. To help out anybody seeking a new job right now, I’ve compiled my top tips (in no particular order) for writing a good resume.

1. Always spell check. There is really no reason not to. It’s free, it’s built right into your computer, and you’re applying for a communications position — we need to know you can communicate error-free.

2. Remember that episode of Seinfeld? Well, we’re with Mr. Lippman. Chill out on the exclamation points — they are rarely necessary in a resume/cover letter. When in doubt, leave them out.

3. Not sure who to address your resume to? Don’t write “to whom it may concern” or “hiring manager.” That’s taking the easy way out. Check the company’s website for clues. Still can’t find it? Call them! Don’t ask to speak with the president, but ask a receptionist or junior staffer who would be the best person to address your resume to. It shows initiative and attention to detail, and it’s super simple to do.

4. Most people embellish a bit on their resume, we know that. Just make sure you’re not flat out lying. For example, if you don’t know Canadian Press style, don’t say that you do. Part of our hiring process includes a writing and editing test — we’ll catch ya if you’re lying, and then we’ll just be annoyed that you wasted our time. Most companies will expect you to be able to hit the ground running with the skills you list, and it will show pretty fast if it turns out you’re not as experienced as you implied.

5. Read the job posting from top to bottom and follow the directions. If it says to submit your resume only (and no cover letter), then do so. If it asks you to quote a competition number, make sure you include it. PR is all about attention to detail!

6. Tailor your resume to the position you’re applying for. Don’t send generic carbon copies to every company you apply to. Your resume will be stronger if it reflects what the hiring company is seeking.

7. For cover letters, be creative and let your personality shine through in your writing, but keep it professional. It will help you stand out from the pack.

8. Follow up. Many bosses get hundreds of emails a day, so if you’re not persistent, chances are you’ll fall through the cracks. Use good sense though — don’t follow up during a company’s busiest season. It shows you don’t know very much about them.

by Debra Goldblatt-Sadowki via Huffingtonpost

10 Comments on “9 Ways to Impress Me With Your Resume

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  3. To get a good job definitely takes in the struggle to develop a good resume so that the first impression of the applicant must me good and the boss is impressed with theexecutive cover letter styles and the way of mentioning the same information so that that it looks convincing.

  4. Today Internet is full of diverse websites offering resume writing services and CV services. It would be nice if every company could hire good resume writers. But in reality, it is quite easy to come across CV writing services that not only disappoint you with a poor quality of writing, but even fail to deliver the product on time.

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  7. Very useful information about resume, It's true that most of job seekers do not have an effective resume that's why recruitment manager decline their resumes. I hope this tips will improve their resume attraction.

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