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Resumes

Well-written resumes are your doorway to an interview. Don’t miss an opportunity to get the job you want! Your resume must reflect your achievements and potential contribution in a positive way. You need it to get past the gatekeeper and get them interested enough to invite you to an interview.

The ‘Gatekeeper’ Has Power!

The main goal of your résumé is get you an interview. The ‘gatekeeper’ (the person who goes through the resumes initially) will recommend a number of applications. Then it often happens that someone else will look at the résumés of those still being considered and will choose those he or she thinks should be interviewed.

In larger companies the ‘gatekeeper’ is often scanning software that is looking for keywords (included in the position description).  The problem is that the computer can reject your application for reasons other than its content.  Keep your layout simple to avoid this problem.  Never use online templates for resumes.

Your Marketing Campaign

Your resume and cover letter (and sometimes your LinkedIn profile) are your entire marketing campaign! You are judged by the way you have presented yourself. Unless someone has recommended you, your chance of having an interview is not based on how nice you are as a person or even how good you are in your work role.

The length of an ideal résumé differs between countries.  In some countries one page is appropriate whilst in Australia a résumé is usually two to three pages.

Your resume needs to show you to the best possible advantage, so use the keywords the recruiter or company is looking for and outline your achievements clearly.

Read our blog posts for job search help.

Read our many blog posts about how to write a good resume.  Even resumes go through different trends. Don’t submit a resume that gives the impression you are old and out of date. Find out how best to shine the light on what you have to offer.

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Including Temporary Employment on Your Executive Resume

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / January 18, 2010

While searching for an executive level job, have you spent time working temporary positions? You might have considered omitting these temporary jobs from your executive resume’s next draft. However, most […]

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Four Simple Steps on How to Update Your Resume

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / January 14, 2010

With the doldrums of Summer hiring behind us, Fall is a great time to update your resume. Labor Day to Thanksgiving is typically an active interview season. Don’t be late […]

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Resume Words to Avoid

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / January 11, 2010

If you want to avoid being passed over for an interview, stay away from the dozens of “boilerplate” phrases littering thousands of resumes. Recruiters and H.R. reps are likely to […]

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Traditional Resumes Are Worthless

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / January 11, 2010

In almost 30 years as an executive recruiter, I have looked at at over 100,000 resumes and through our candidate university coached/instructed hundreds of candidates with their job search. One […]

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How to Write Resume for Boomers

By BoomersNextStep Guest Author / December 28, 2009

You’re well established in your career and can bring years of experience to any company lucky enough to hire you. So why do older workers often have trouble landing a […]

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