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Writing Resumes and Nailing Interviews

Make sure your personality shines through

by Kylie  |  767 views  |  0 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Since we are constantly trying to out-smart old-money fraternity boys and improve our chances of getting a new job or promotion, we’ve got to know how to carry ourselves. But is it not true that many of us rely on our outgoing personalities to outperform others? Of course, this is an important part of being an empowered woman, but how can you be sure that it gets through on your resume? Your cover letter? Your business proposition?

If you’re anything like me, you only audit your resume when it’s absolutely necessary. Lately, I’ve been realizing that it makes a lot of sense to keep all of my documents up to date as much as possible. This way, I can put my best foot forward and really stand out – no matter what I’m looking to accomplish in the business world.

This guide offers a technical walk-through of resume techniques, strategies to get in touch with the go-getters at the company you are applying for, and a lot more.

Traditional Resumes

Tie your qualifications to the type of position you’re seeking.

Your professional summary is your persuasive sales pitch to potential employers.

Earlier jobs require minimal information, though they are important to demonstrate career advancement.

Functional Resume

Clearly and concisely explain what you offer and what you seek.

Focus on specific industries or lines of business but avoid listing job titles.

If you are looking for a career in a field that you do not have specific qualifications in, highlight some transferable and marketable skills that you do have.

If you’re not sure of the exact months, you can include years only.

General Cover Letters

Introduce yourself by explaining briefly why you are interested in this person, company, or position.

Do not begin with, “Hi. My name is….

The closing paragraph should offer a specific action for following up.

Informational Interviews

Start with a brief introduction of yourself and reference a mutual contact if one exists.

Be straightforward: Tell him or her that you are asking for information and advice in an effort to advance your career.

Close by thanking the reader for his or her time and consideration.

Impress the Hiring Manager (and the Receptionist)

Smile. Don’t beam a 500-watt fake grin constantly, but greet others with a friendly smile, and try to relax so it doesn’t look forced.

Dress appropriately. While casual dress is common in many workplaces, always follow the old rules of dress when applying for a job.

Do your homework about the company, but also be ready to converse with everyone from the administrative staff to other managers.

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