Don’t tick off skills and accomplishments without linking them to actual jobs; give work history in reverse order.
See also Awful Applications and Ridiculous Resumes Much conventional wisdom about resumes and cover letters is wrong. Consider the basic, "Just the facts, ma’am," approach. In reality, facts must be backed up with good stories if you want a resume that really sells you to a potential employer. That’s just one of the suggestions presented in the new book, Unbeatable Resumes: America’s Top Recruiter Reveals What REALLY Gets You Hired (Amacom/available now). Author Tony Beshara demystifies an often-agonizing process: Marketing yourself effectively in a concise document. Given that resumes and cover letters typically are e-mailed these days, Beshara says job candidates risk getting lost in a sea of unopened files if they aren’t up to speed on the latest techniques for calling positive attention to themselves. One hint: Writing a strong subject line is an essential first step. Beshara is owner and president of Babich & Associates, the oldest placement firm in Texas. He’s also a regular on the Dr. Phil Show. For more about the book, click here .
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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