Information To Be Supplied In A Resume Or Portfolio
Your resume, application, or portfolio is most likely going to be an employer’s first introduction to you, your skills, and services. It is essential to make good use of this opportunity to grab attention and put yourself in the running, but you must do this quickly and efficiently. Employers and human resources personnel are only grazing at this point. The want impressive facts, but they want them quickly and in good presentation. The following includes the most essential information your resume should include:
1. Education. List schools and colleges you have attended, with dates of attendance and degrees received. If you have taken additional courses which are applicable to the position, list those as well.
2. Experience. If you have had experience in connection with positions similar to the one you seek, describe it fully, listing names and addresses of former employers. Be sure to bring out clearly any special experience you may have had which would well equip you to fill the position.
3. Skills. List the skills you possess and in particular those you believe will serve well in your capacity to fulfill the position. Include naturally developed talents (only where applicable), skills gained through education, and most importantly, skills refined through work experience. More than anything else, your skills and abilities will determine what consideration you receive; your skills are what set you apart from every other applicant with a degree, certification, or basic job requirements.
4. Licenses and certifications. List any additional credentials you have that are applicable to the position being offered.
5. References. Practically every business or employer will want to research your previous employment history and performance record. Offer names and contact information for people who will vouch for your abilities, and either present the following with your resume or note that letters of reference are available upon request (depending on the request of the prospective employer). Attach copies of letters of reference from former teachers and professors, current and former employers, and, if appropriate and applicable, people in prominent positions who will speak for you personally.
6. Include a targeted objective. Avoid applying for a position without describing exactly what particular position you seek. Never apply for “just a position.” That indicates you lack specialized qualifications. Instead, formulate an objective that is tailored to your own goals or the position being offered.
7. Knowledge of your prospective employer’s business. Before applying for a position, research the company and/or business area in question to familiarize yourself thoroughly with that business, and indicate in your cover letter the knowledge you have acquired in this field. This will be impressive, as it will indicate that you have imagination, and a real interest in the position you seek.
Remember that it is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins. If your “case” is properly prepared and presented, your victory will have been more than half won at the outset.
Tips For Creating Inviting Portfolios
You should take care not to make your cover letter and resume too long. Employers are busy people who receive many applications for both advertised and unadvertised positions. Your first contact should be a concise, well-prepared, professional representation of yourself, your intelligence, and your abilities, but it should also be something of a ‘best you at-a-glance’. If you prepare your resume well you will get your ‘foot in the door’ for an interview where you will have the opportunity to expand upon your abilities and qualifications.
The importance of resenting a clean, well-organized, professional resume cannot be stressed enough. A well prepared document will show that you are a painstaking person with a sense of pride. With the huge number of resumes a single employer might see, there is no room for error. Take the time to refine and tweak your resume and especially your cover letter every time you submit it. Change names and direct your application to the individual employer or company each time it is presented. Edit your cover letter to include specific reference to the company or position you are seeking. This personal touch shows that you are really interested in the business you are submitting your resume to and that you have a real interest in their position, not merely in landing a job anywhere.
Successful salespeople take care with their appearance care. They understand that first impressions are lasting. Your resume is your salesman. Give it a good suit of clothes, so it will stand out in bold contrast to anything your prospective employer ever saw in the way of an application for a position. If the position you seek is worth having, it is worth going after with care. Moreover, if you sell yourself to an employer in a manner that impresses him with your individuality, you probably will receive more money for your services from the very start than you would if you applied for employment with only the basic necessities.
Just What You Wanted
Now that we’ve dealt with the practicalities of achieving new positions, we can move on next time to getting exactly the position that you desire—and yes, Napoleon Hill has answers for that, too!
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