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Placers Presents: Five Tips for a Winning Resume

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Do you want to get a potential employer’s attention? Many times, their first impression of you is through your resume. That’s why you want to make sure it grabs attention for all the right reasons. Here are five tips to write a resume that sets you above the competition:

Tip 1: Ditch the Templates

Resume templates can give you a good idea of the general information to include. However, if you stick too closely to them, your resume will end up looking like hundreds of others. For competitive or in-demand positions, you’ll need every advantage. Customizing your resume can help.

Tip 2: Keep it Readable

Employers don’t want to read a novel for every applicant. If they see a wall of text that goes on for pages, your resume will probably end up in the ’round file.’ Here are a few tips for boosting readability:

  • Use bullet points, especially to list dates, technical information, or skills.
  • Break information up with headers.
  • Keep the sections small. Paragraphs of 3-5 sentences are your friends.
  • Include lines and graphics to add visual interest. Don’t go overboard.
  • Pick a highly readable and professional looking font. Aim for 10-12 points. You can’t go wrong with classics like Garamond or highly readable options like Arial.

Tip 3: Include Vital Information

You might be surprised by how many people don’t include a contact number or email in their resume. This kind of slip-up can sink your application before it starts, so doublecheck that you’ve included them. Also, make sure that your included email is professional and features your name. If you don’t have one, get one.

Other vital information can include your education, certifications and awards you may have, relevant skills, and other languages spoken. All of these details could give you a competitive edge.

Tip 4: What Not to Include

There’s no need to draw attention to gaps in your education or job history; you can cover this during the job interview.

Don’t include your age, gender, or a photograph unless it’s relevant to the job itself.

Finally, don’t include references. You’ll likely be expected to have these available, but you produce them later in the application process.

Tip 4: Tailor Your Resume

Every time you apply, look over your resume and tailor it to the job you want. Potential employers can see a generic resume from a mile away. While tailoring this document, take a second look at the company or job listing. If they’re asking for a specific skill or work experience, make sure you highlight that.

 

One trick here is to use the exact phrases in the job ad. These will jump out to employers who are skimming through dozens of applications. Also, remember that many resumes are handled by application tracking systems. These programs scan your resume for certain information and keywords. If you don’t include them, it’s unlikely a human will see your resume.

Tip 5: Proofread Before Sending

When you’re tailoring a resume again and again, it’s easy for small spelling and grammar errors to creep in. However, these are unprofessional. You don’t want to miss out on a dream job due to a little mistake like this. Automatic spell checkers help but do miss some mistakes. Try reading your resume aloud and asking someone else to doublecheck things.

At Placers, we believe in putting people first. We want to find the right fit for each job seeker’s skills and career goals. Now that you’ve polished off your resume, are you ready to find an exciting job in the Delaware area? Call us at 302-709-0973 or visit our website to learn more.

Placers Presents: Five Tips for a Winning Resume

  by    0   0

Do you want to get a potential employer’s attention? Many times, their first impression of you is through your resume. That’s why you want to make sure it grabs attention for all the right reasons. Here are five tips to write a resume that sets you above the competition:

Tip 1: Ditch the Templates

Resume templates can give you a good idea of the general information to include. However, if you stick too closely to them, your resume will end up looking like hundreds of others. For competitive or in-demand positions, you’ll need every advantage. Customizing your resume can help.

Tip 2: Keep it Readable

Employers don’t want to read a novel for every applicant. If they see a wall of text that goes on for pages, your resume will probably end up in the ’round file.’ Here are a few tips for boosting readability:

  • Use bullet points, especially to list dates, technical information, or skills.
  • Break information up with headers.
  • Keep the sections small. Paragraphs of 3-5 sentences are your friends.
  • Include lines and graphics to add visual interest. Don’t go overboard.
  • Pick a highly readable and professional looking font. Aim for 10-12 points. You can’t go wrong with classics like Garamond or highly readable options like Arial.

Tip 3: Include Vital Information

You might be surprised by how many people don’t include a contact number or email in their resume. This kind of slip-up can sink your application before it starts, so doublecheck that you’ve included them. Also, make sure that your included email is professional and features your name. If you don’t have one, get one.

Other vital information can include your education, certifications and awards you may have, relevant skills, and other languages spoken. All of these details could give you a competitive edge.

Tip 4: What Not to Include

There’s no need to draw attention to gaps in your education or job history; you can cover this during the job interview.

Don’t include your age, gender, or a photograph unless it’s relevant to the job itself.

Finally, don’t include references. You’ll likely be expected to have these available, but you produce them later in the application process.

Tip 4: Tailor Your Resume

Every time you apply, look over your resume and tailor it to the job you want. Potential employers can see a generic resume from a mile away. While tailoring this document, take a second look at the company or job listing. If they’re asking for a specific skill or work experience, make sure you highlight that.

 

One trick here is to use the exact phrases in the job ad. These will jump out to employers who are skimming through dozens of applications. Also, remember that many resumes are handled by application tracking systems. These programs scan your resume for certain information and keywords. If you don’t include them, it’s unlikely a human will see your resume.

Tip 5: Proofread Before Sending

When you’re tailoring a resume again and again, it’s easy for small spelling and grammar errors to creep in. However, these are unprofessional. You don’t want to miss out on a dream job due to a little mistake like this. Automatic spell checkers help but do miss some mistakes. Try reading your resume aloud and asking someone else to doublecheck things.

At Placers, we believe in putting people first. We want to find the right fit for each job seeker’s skills and career goals. Now that you’ve polished off your resume, are you ready to find an exciting job in the Delaware area? Call us at 302-709-0973 or visit our website to learn more.

Placers Presents: Winning The IT Interview: Practical Training And Confidence Building

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Every industry is different, but the IT industry has its own quirks that can protect you during an interview.

Are you better at doing than explaining? Would you rather set up a network, show how well you can navigate Active Directory, or show an SQL join?

Here are a few concepts to imagine and practice before an interview. Even if you can’t click and connect in the conference room, proving to yourself that you know the job can build confidence and give you a better interview story.

Write A Guide, Then Read It

How well do you know your job? Did you just finish a certification or degree? Have you been doing the job for years? Are you a bit rusty and coming back to the skills after a few years?

If you have any memory of how to do the job, walking through a few tasks can make you more familiar. For the interview, you should write down the steps to different tasks to help you think deeper.

When you write down the tasks, you’re likely to think more about each step. Are you writing them in the right order? Is this an official step, or a clever trick you found? Do you know why the task has to be done this way?

It’s not just about refreshing yourself to do the job. When you can think deeper about these tasks, you’ll have something constructive to say about the interview.

When an interviewer asks you about different tasks and what you can do, you can explain your qualifications broadly or go into step-by-step detail. Of course, you don’t want to go through dozens of steps without being asked, but it helps to show that you’re not an unqualified random with fake credentials.

If you’re applying for jobs through an employment agency, you may have to follow different worksite-specific steps. Copy those steps and save them to a career file as long as the information isn’t confidential.

Temp jobs are a great way to see how other companies work in the IT world. With so many approaches, you’ll find multiple ways of thinking about a problem and have multiple options to discuss with employers.

Of course, some employers want the job done a specific way. Don’t argue, but if they ask for your opinion on a task, feel free to reach for more than one temporary staffing experience or the best experience that fits the situation.

Take A Small Box Of Tools

Does your part of the IT world need tools? Do you need an ESD strap, screwdriver, or loop tester to get your job done?

Bringing a small toolset that is unique and relative to the job can help you maintain focus. Once again, this technique isn’t for the interviewers; the tools may either impress or look like a gimmick, but to you, they’re reminders of what you can do.

That may sound a bit sappy, but think about what you do with your tools. Think about the specific fixes, strange situations, and best practices you know.

If you’re not into hardware, a USB drive with a few important files can be just as helpful. Don’t go sticking the drive into computers without permission—that’s a security violation, and just plain rude unless you’re in some hacking competition—but bring it in and place it on the table.

Someone will ask about it, and there’s your opening to sell your knowledge and preparedness. If not, you’ll have it on the desk and you won’t need to awkwardly fiddle through your pockets.

With USB drives, you may run into a fair question: why not use your phone? Well, you wouldn’t want to have your phone out during an interview in case someone considers it rude. Even if you put the phone on silent, some people may consider the phone a sign that you’re ready to be distracted.

Just in case, save the USB drive information on your phone or on the cloud. Whether you save it on the SD card, email it to yourself, or use some online storage service depends on your privacy and practicality reasons, but be prepared to explain yourself.

Having an answer for why you should and shouldn’t do something can help in an interview. If you need help with specific tasks for your next interview, contact a Delaware staffing agency career specialist and ask for a tech-savvy counselor.

Placers Presents: Winning The IT Interview: Practical Training And Confidence Building

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Every industry is different, but the IT industry has its own quirks that can protect you during an interview.

Are you better at doing than explaining? Would you rather set up a network, show how well you can navigate Active Directory, or show an SQL join?

Here are a few concepts to imagine and practice before an interview. Even if you can’t click and connect in the conference room, proving to yourself that you know the job can build confidence and give you a better interview story.

Write A Guide, Then Read It

How well do you know your job? Did you just finish a certification or degree? Have you been doing the job for years? Are you a bit rusty and coming back to the skills after a few years?

If you have any memory of how to do the job, walking through a few tasks can make you more familiar. For the interview, you should write down the steps to different tasks to help you think deeper.

When you write down the tasks, you’re likely to think more about each step. Are you writing them in the right order? Is this an official step, or a clever trick you found? Do you know why the task has to be done this way?

It’s not just about refreshing yourself to do the job. When you can think deeper about these tasks, you’ll have something constructive to say about the interview.

When an interviewer asks you about different tasks and what you can do, you can explain your qualifications broadly or go into step-by-step detail. Of course, you don’t want to go through dozens of steps without being asked, but it helps to show that you’re not an unqualified random with fake credentials.

If you’re applying for jobs through an employment agency, you may have to follow different worksite-specific steps. Copy those steps and save them to a career file as long as the information isn’t confidential.

Temp jobs are a great way to see how other companies work in the IT world. With so many approaches, you’ll find multiple ways of thinking about a problem and have multiple options to discuss with employers.

Of course, some employers want the job done a specific way. Don’t argue, but if they ask for your opinion on a task, feel free to reach for more than one temporary staffing experience or the best experience that fits the situation.

Take A Small Box Of Tools

Does your part of the IT world need tools? Do you need an ESD strap, screwdriver, or loop tester to get your job done?

Bringing a small toolset that is unique and relative to the job can help you maintain focus. Once again, this technique isn’t for the interviewers; the tools may either impress or look like a gimmick, but to you, they’re reminders of what you can do.

That may sound a bit sappy, but think about what you do with your tools. Think about the specific fixes, strange situations, and best practices you know.

If you’re not into hardware, a USB drive with a few important files can be just as helpful. Don’t go sticking the drive into computers without permission—that’s a security violation, and just plain rude unless you’re in some hacking competition—but bring it in and place it on the table.

Someone will ask about it, and there’s your opening to sell your knowledge and preparedness. If not, you’ll have it on the desk and you won’t need to awkwardly fiddle through your pockets.

With USB drives, you may run into a fair question: why not use your phone? Well, you wouldn’t want to have your phone out during an interview in case someone considers it rude. Even if you put the phone on silent, some people may consider the phone a sign that you’re ready to be distracted.

Just in case, save the USB drive information on your phone or on the cloud. Whether you save it on the SD card, email it to yourself, or use some online storage service depends on your privacy and practicality reasons, but be prepared to explain yourself.

Having an answer for why you should and shouldn’t do something can help in an interview. If you need help with specific tasks for your next interview, contact a Delaware staffing agency career specialist and ask for a tech-savvy counselor.

Placers Presents: Winning The IT Interview: Practical Training And Confidence Building

  by    0   0

Every industry is different, but the IT industry has its own quirks that can protect you during an interview.

Are you better at doing than explaining? Would you rather set up a network, show how well you can navigate Active Directory, or show an SQL join?

Here are a few concepts to imagine and practice before an interview. Even if you can’t click and connect in the conference room, proving to yourself that you know the job can build confidence and give you a better interview story.

Write A Guide, Then Read It

How well do you know your job? Did you just finish a certification or degree? Have you been doing the job for years? Are you a bit rusty and coming back to the skills after a few years?

If you have any memory of how to do the job, walking through a few tasks can make you more familiar. For the interview, you should write down the steps to different tasks to help you think deeper.

When you write down the tasks, you’re likely to think more about each step. Are you writing them in the right order? Is this an official step, or a clever trick you found? Do you know why the task has to be done this way?

It’s not just about refreshing yourself to do the job. When you can think deeper about these tasks, you’ll have something constructive to say about the interview.

When an interviewer asks you about different tasks and what you can do, you can explain your qualifications broadly or go into step-by-step detail. Of course, you don’t want to go through dozens of steps without being asked, but it helps to show that you’re not an unqualified random with fake credentials.

If you’re applying for jobs through an employment agency, you may have to follow different worksite-specific steps. Copy those steps and save them to a career file as long as the information isn’t confidential.

Temp jobs are a great way to see how other companies work in the IT world. With so many approaches, you’ll find multiple ways of thinking about a problem and have multiple options to discuss with employers.

Of course, some employers want the job done a specific way. Don’t argue, but if they ask for your opinion on a task, feel free to reach for more than one temporary staffing experience or the best experience that fits the situation.

Take A Small Box Of Tools

Does your part of the IT world need tools? Do you need an ESD strap, screwdriver, or loop tester to get your job done?

Bringing a small toolset that is unique and relative to the job can help you maintain focus. Once again, this technique isn’t for the interviewers; the tools may either impress or look like a gimmick, but to you, they’re reminders of what you can do.

That may sound a bit sappy, but think about what you do with your tools. Think about the specific fixes, strange situations, and best practices you know.

If you’re not into hardware, a USB drive with a few important files can be just as helpful. Don’t go sticking the drive into computers without permission—that’s a security violation, and just plain rude unless you’re in some hacking competition—but bring it in and place it on the table.

Someone will ask about it, and there’s your opening to sell your knowledge and preparedness. If not, you’ll have it on the desk and you won’t need to awkwardly fiddle through your pockets.

With USB drives, you may run into a fair question: why not use your phone? Well, you wouldn’t want to have your phone out during an interview in case someone considers it rude. Even if you put the phone on silent, some people may consider the phone a sign that you’re ready to be distracted.

Just in case, save the USB drive information on your phone or on the cloud. Whether you save it on the SD card, email it to yourself, or use some online storage service depends on your privacy and practicality reasons, but be prepared to explain yourself.

Having an answer for why you should and shouldn’t do something can help in an interview. If you need help with specific tasks for your next interview, contact a Delaware staffing agency career specialist and ask for a tech-savvy counselor.

Placers Presents: Winning The IT Interview: Practical Training And Confidence Building

  by    0   0

Every industry is different, but the IT industry has its own quirks that can protect you during an interview.

Are you better at doing than explaining? Would you rather set up a network, show how well you can navigate Active Directory, or show an SQL join?

Here are a few concepts to imagine and practice before an interview. Even if you can’t click and connect in the conference room, proving to yourself that you know the job can build confidence and give you a better interview story.

Write A Guide, Then Read It

How well do you know your job? Did you just finish a certification or degree? Have you been doing the job for years? Are you a bit rusty and coming back to the skills after a few years?

If you have any memory of how to do the job, walking through a few tasks can make you more familiar. For the interview, you should write down the steps to different tasks to help you think deeper.

When you write down the tasks, you’re likely to think more about each step. Are you writing them in the right order? Is this an official step, or a clever trick you found? Do you know why the task has to be done this way?

It’s not just about refreshing yourself to do the job. When you can think deeper about these tasks, you’ll have something constructive to say about the interview.

When an interviewer asks you about different tasks and what you can do, you can explain your qualifications broadly or go into step-by-step detail. Of course, you don’t want to go through dozens of steps without being asked, but it helps to show that you’re not an unqualified random with fake credentials.

If you’re applying for jobs through an employment agency, you may have to follow different worksite-specific steps. Copy those steps and save them to a career file as long as the information isn’t confidential.

Temp jobs are a great way to see how other companies work in the IT world. With so many approaches, you’ll find multiple ways of thinking about a problem and have multiple options to discuss with employers.

Of course, some employers want the job done a specific way. Don’t argue, but if they ask for your opinion on a task, feel free to reach for more than one temporary staffing experience or the best experience that fits the situation.

Take A Small Box Of Tools

Does your part of the IT world need tools? Do you need an ESD strap, screwdriver, or loop tester to get your job done?

Bringing a small toolset that is unique and relative to the job can help you maintain focus. Once again, this technique isn’t for the interviewers; the tools may either impress or look like a gimmick, but to you, they’re reminders of what you can do.

That may sound a bit sappy, but think about what you do with your tools. Think about the specific fixes, strange situations, and best practices you know.

If you’re not into hardware, a USB drive with a few important files can be just as helpful. Don’t go sticking the drive into computers without permission—that’s a security violation, and just plain rude unless you’re in some hacking competition—but bring it in and place it on the table.

Someone will ask about it, and there’s your opening to sell your knowledge and preparedness. If not, you’ll have it on the desk and you won’t need to awkwardly fiddle through your pockets.

With USB drives, you may run into a fair question: why not use your phone? Well, you wouldn’t want to have your phone out during an interview in case someone considers it rude. Even if you put the phone on silent, some people may consider the phone a sign that you’re ready to be distracted.

Just in case, save the USB drive information on your phone or on the cloud. Whether you save it on the SD card, email it to yourself, or use some online storage service depends on your privacy and practicality reasons, but be prepared to explain yourself.

Having an answer for why you should and shouldn’t do something can help in an interview. If you need help with specific tasks for your next interview, contact a Delaware staffing agency career specialist and ask for a tech-savvy counselor.