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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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The Four Noble Truths About Marketing Your Resume
By Lancelot Larsen

When you submit your resume, yours will be one of many, stacked in a pile on your employer's desk. You'll want your resume to stand out, to be the one that catches the breath of your potential employer. To do so, you want to keep these four things in mind: Know Your Market, Be the Employer, Find Your Function-Accomplishment Balance, and Get Some Style. Knowing your market simply means that you will want to do some research with the company for which you are applying. By being the employer, you'll write your resume as if you were the one reading it. Finding the function-accomplishment balance is writing your resume in such a way that where you have worked blends perfectly with the impact it had on you. The style of your resume is also important. If you are bored with Times New Roman, trying using different fonts, such as: Garamond, Book Antiqua, or Palatino Linotype. Don't stray from these fonts, though. Also, never go below 10.5 font or above 12. You'll want your resume to be professional looking, but slightly different to catch the eye of your employer. By following these guidelines, your chances for getting hired will be greater.

Are Your Personal Interests in Your Resume's Best Interest?
By Lancelot Larsen

When writing your resume, you may find yourself wondering if you should add a Personal Interest section. You'll find that many people like and dislike the personal interest section. Some advantages to having this section in your resume are: displaying strong knowledge of a subject or a skill, and establishing a connection with your interviewer. However, your employer may find it a waste, or it can be a distraction if he/she dislikes your personal interests. This section is mainly used for the candidate to tell the employer a little more about themselves. It can be beneficial if their personal interests coincide with the company's workplace. You should keep in mind that adding a personal interest section does not necessarily mean that you will get hired. Keep in mind that you don't want your interviewer to judge you based on your resume, but rather at the interview itself.

Your Resume Objective Is Obsolete!
By Lancelot Larsen

Some experts believe that objectives are good. They see the objective as a nice, friendly opener to let the employer or recruiter know immediately what your focus is. Particularly, they believe that an objective section at the top of your resume right under your name and contact information will clarify things if you have an assortment of different types of careers, or if you are looking to transition into a career in which you have no experience.

Your Resume Education Section: Top or Bottom?
By Lancelot Larsen

If you are in school, just graduated, or have been out of school for less than three years, your education information should be at the top. After three years, it needs to go on the bottom. And the longer you are out of school, the shorter your education section should become. If for some reason in the three plus years you have been out of school, you have not accumulated a lot of impressive work experience to outshine your educational background, you may consider keeping your education section at the top for a couple more years; but it would be more prudent, of course, to consider garnering more work experience to strengthen the overall effect of your resume. After you've been out of school for ten years, no one is going to care about what you did in college.

Should Your Resume Be Chronological or Functional?
By Lancelot Larsen

Before writing a resume, it is important to determine what format is going to present you and your skills the best so you get the job. Each resume writing format (chronological, the most common and often times the easiest to write; functional, used to highlight experiences, achievements, and skills; or a hybrid of both, used when the writer has a long history of experience within their profession) has an upside and a downside that needs to be contemplated before being used. Each is used for a specific purpose; depending on your career history and present career pursuits, these formats are designed to emphasize your most relevant qualifications and transferable skills.

On Lying on Your Resume
By Lancelot Larsen

Lying on a resume is like lying to your grandmother about who broke her favorite lamp. What is the point? You have to continue lying to cover your tracks, you feel guilty after each new lie, and you are fearful that the truth will be discovered and you will be punished. Embellishing your resume might seem like the best way to get the job you want, however, your honesty about your lack of credentials or skills could be the thing that gets you noticed and called back for an interview. Remember, when it comes to writing a resume, honesty is the best policy.

Advice for Recent Graduates
By Hardeep Arora

Now that you've graduated from school, you'll want a solid resume that will land you the job you've been working for. Although you may not have as much experience in the work force as older applicants, you can still create a resume that expounds upon the skills and qualities you do have. You may opt for a functional format, which allows you to focus on the skills you have, or a chronological one, where you can list your work experience in reverse chronological order. The main thing to do is to keep it simple and no longer than one page. Including your GPA is always a good thing if it is 3.0 or higher. Your class ranking would be excellent to display if you were in the top of your class. Just keep in mind that employers want to know what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.

Advice for Seasoned Professionals (those who are over 50)
By Hardeep Arora

Marketing resume tips reveal that a well-composed resume can make a huge difference. Seasoned professionals may be skeptical about how much weight consultant resumes can really carry, but one regularly comes across people with long employment gaps getting jobs while those with nearly impeccable qualifications struggling. Consultant resumes are specifically crafted for seasoned professionals pursuing senior management positions in both corporate and government sectors.

Key Components to a Winning Resume
By Hardeep Arora

A resume is a big stepping stone to getting the job that you've always wanted. Because of this, make sure your resume stands out in the pile that is sitting on your interviewer's desk. When creating your resume, try putting yourself in the position of your potential employer. What would look for in an applicant? By doing this exercise, you will find you can create a better resume. Also keep in mind skills, accomplishments, college and post-graduate degrees, and work experience should be in reverse chronological order. Also, when drafting your resume, do it in such a way that your past experiences reflect your future goals. This will impress you potential employer and make it more likely that he will consider you as one of his new employees.

Role of Networking When Searching for a Job
By Hardeep Arora

Conservative estimates of the annual turnover of global software industry range in several hundred billion dollars. It constitutes a large portion of total international trade and creates millions of new jobs each year. However majority of these vacancies are filled well before a job requirement is posted. And how do programmers know about these openings - by networking! Networking works and it isn't as perplexing as some people make it out to be. In reality, most people are engaged in personal networking all the time. Once you get that lead, stage two of getting that coveted job in software sector is submitting well-crafted IT resumes or programmer resumes to the potential employer.

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