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The articles in this section cover topics ranging from common resume blunders to understanding hiring managers' criteria.


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Using Online Resources to Find Jobs

Dialing into online information services from your computer has become almost commonplace and demand for useful information online is way up and growing rapidly.

Preparing a Scannable Resume

There's a new technology that could help you find your next job. It's called electronic applicant tracking, and it's being used by leading businesses and organizations.

Do On-Line Services Work While Looking For Jobs?

Then, of course, there is the Internet-the fastest-growing international on-line information system of all. The Internet is quickly evolving into online cosmos: important general business tool. In response to the Internet s mushrooming applied, all of the major on-line services are scrambling to provide access (particularly to the World Wide Web).

Important Resume Components


For more recent jobs (those held within the past 10 years), it is reasonable to list each job assignment within each organization. Include dates of employment, followed by the company name and a one-sentence description of the scope of the company (e.g., annual sales, number of employees, principal products or services). Then, give your job title, followed by a sentence describing your responsibilities. If possible, include figures, such as annual sales, number of subordinates, or the size of the territory. After each recent job, append some of your most impressive and applicable accomplishments, specifying the action you took and the result of that action quantified in percentages and dollars wherever possible. The amount of detail for each job should diminish as you reach further back. (Jobs of more than 10 to 15 years ago can be summarized in a single line.)

Letters for Every Job Situation

Letters are powerful, useful tools in your job search. To work well, however, they need to be well written and look professional, matching your resume. They must also have correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, present your ideas well and clearly, be in the proper format, and accurately show names, addresses, and titles.

Parameters for Job Postings Online

Computer listings of job openings are the logical flipside to resume databases. Online job postings can be searched by function, industry, location or a combination of these parameters.

Resume Do's and Don'ts and Resume Summary

Your resume reflects your professionalism. Follow this list of do's and don'ts based on the feedback of many resume readers to be sure that you make the best possible first impression:

Special Situations in Resume Components


Newcomers to any field must contend with the dilemma that bedevils all entry-level candidates how do you get hired in a business world that wants experienced people? Many people find themselves in this position: recent high school and college graduates, foreign born immigrants with no local experience, and those returning to the workforce after long sabbaticals.

The Structure of a Basic Cover Letter

Your own individually prepared letters will be most effective for displaying your capabilities. However, not everyone feels comfortable writing such potentially important letters. Also, you may need to get the letter out quickly and wish to minimize the time required to compose your own letters.

The Format of a Basic Business Letter

Business letters are typically written in fairly rigid formats which must be followed to avoid negative evaluation of your correspondence. Some flexibility exists in layout and style, but virtually all letters require:

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