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Resume Writing: The Importance of First Impressions

Your resume is one of the most important elements in your job search. Not only does it represent your skills and experiences, it also provides the hiring manager with insight into your professionalism and competence. Having a poorly written resume and/or cover letter may end up costing you the job purely because a hiring manager will make a snap judgment and they may miss the qualifications and experiences you can bring to their company and the position.

It is well-known that many hiring managers will only look at your resume for 4-6 seconds and within that time sum you up as an applicant that is worth considering or one that is not. A recent research study completed by TheLadders reviewed where hiring managers’ eyes paused on resumes. The results showed that in the few seconds they spent reviewing a candidate’s resume, they looked at the candidate’s name, and current position including title, company, and start and end date. They also reviewed the previous position and the candidate’s education. This research shows that it is imperative to have a well laid out and well-written resume to get passed the first hurdle in competing for the job.

Here are some simple things to keep in mind when reviewing and writing your resume:

  • Is your resume grammatically correct?
  • Do you have spelling mistakes?
  • Are you clearly showing your skills and positions?
  • Is it readable? Are you using too large a font or worse yet, too small?
  • Do you have “References available upon request” at the bottom of your resume?

It is also important to keep in mind that you are applying for the position and it is not the hiring manager seeking you out. You need to tell them why you fit the position you are applying for and the best way to do this is through your resume and cover letter. Make sure you have a resume that is specifically geared towards the position you are applying for and not a general resume that you are sending out blindly to multiple companies. If you are showing that your hobbies include playing sports then you want to make sure you are applying for a position in the sporting arena and not for an accounting position!

The bottom line is that job seekers spend hours agonizing over a computer to make the perfect resume. Why not let Simply Great Resumes cut down on your time preparing for job searching so you can spend more time finding the perfect position and landing that new job!

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Kerry Gustafson, a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) founded Simply Great Resumes in July of 2012 and has over 9 years’ experience writing professional resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, and LinkedIn profiles. With a working background in Marketing, IT, and Project Management from Fortune 100 to small business, Kerry brings a strong working knowledge and unique perspective to the industry. Skilled at narrowing in on client’s roles and responsibilities, Kerry has a natural ability to change the dreaded resume creation into a fun and awareness-building experience.

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