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    Default Writing a great resume.

    What happens to your resume after you send it to an employer? A few resumes produce results, most others disappear.

    Most resumes have serious defects; many resumes have mistakes that guarantee failure. Intelligent, highly qualified candidates often write inadequate resumes because they do not know resume writing-realities required to get even the most qualified candidate hired.

    Job seekers who get interviews and offers of employment are not necessarily the best qualified. Often, they are the best prepared. The right answers to these questions willhelp you be one of the best prepared.


    Does your resume catch attention?

    No matter how it was submitted your resume must get you past an employer's gatekeepers such as recruiters and HR managers, and into a telephone screen or interview with the hiring manager. If your resume cannot pass the inspection of these gatekeepers, you will have difficulty getting interviews.

    Can your resume survive a 15-Second scan?

    Most staffing managers and recruiters scan and discard each resume in 10 to 20 seconds unless the resume provides them with a compelling reason to flag it for an in-depth review. Gatekeepers are paid to read resumes, they do not enjoy it. In order to process countless resumes, busy gatekeepers want excuses to reject most resumes quickly.

    Is your resume computer search friendly?

    Most recruiters, agencies and HR departments for medium to large companies and any employer that uses an Internet resume bank searches with keywords. Anything thatís not otherwise mentioned in the resume should be listed in the skills section. For example, donít just list "Microsoft Office", include "Word, Excel, MS Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. Mention every obscure skill and certification that you have.

    Can your resume get past suspicious gatekeepers?

    If they have any concerns about a resume, they do not contact the applicant for an explanation; they just reject the resume and go on to the next one. Employers receive resumes from candidates who are clearly qualified so they reject candidates who may possibly be qualified.

    Are you an exceptional candidate with a mediocre resume?

    Sorry, no interview. In resume writing, mediocrity equals failure. Many discarded resumes belong to qualified candidates who are not aware of the career damage from inadequate resumes that do not sell their experience, skills, and qualifications. Resume screening is callous and impersonal. The best job search will not overcome a weak resume.

    Does your resume balance competing requirements?

    Your resume must first survive a fifteen second scan, and then it must survive an examination by a gatekeeper wanting a reason to discard it. In order to survive a fifteen second scan, it must stand out and present a good snapshot of your skills. If your resume survives the scan, it should provide enough rich and compelling detail to sell you to the reader. These competing requirements are very difficult to balance.

    Excellence is not optional.

    If only 50 people apply for an attractive opportunity, your resume must tell the gatekeeper that you are better qualified than at least 40 of the other applicants. If your resume cannot beat 80% of the competition, you will not get interviews. Your actual qualifications do not count as much as your resume at this stage.
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    Hello everybody!
    please click here http://www.quintcareers.com/quint_site_map.html
    to find many resumes.

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    Default A great work

    Yes i agree with u fully. today is the age of new and moderninzing. We should have to follow the new rules and fashion in order to keep uptodate and the same is with job and resumes.

    A resume should not be very descriptive it should be to the point and according to the job applied. 8)

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    Default Yes.

    I agree 100%. With all these. I am a writer and I know the importance of making your resume eye friendly. If it's to wordy chances are your resume will get discared like yesterday's news.

    Sad to say. But it's true.

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    With the economy as bad as it is, it makes getting a job even harder, then not knowing how to write a good resume, that just makes it all the more harder. I've been trying to get a job now for almost a year, and I haven't even managed an interview because places ask for a resume and it's like "sorry thats all I got" ya know?

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    Thanks for the tips! its very helpful

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    hope it'll made me get a job
    thank you for good tips

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    Default Does your resume catch attention?

    No matter how it was submitted your resume must get you past an employer's gatekeepers such as recruiters and HR managers, and into a telephone screen or interview with the hiring manager. If your resume cannot pass the inspection of these gatekeepers, you will have difficulty getting interviews.

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    I think we should also discuss about Cover letter, as its the first impression on employer to decide whether to open attached document or not.

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    So, it would be better for us to go for a Resume writer then preparing resume by ourself.

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