Your resume is the key to selling yourself to a potential employer
You should take the time to prepare a resume that will be a professional presentation of your qualifications. Competition for the best jobs, particularly in a slowing economy, is intense. Hiring managers will often receive hundreds of resumes for a single open position. A superior resume is the key that unlocks the door to your next opportunity.
Elite Search Group has over 50,000 plus resumes on file and will review your resume before ever sending it out to a potential employer. We have worked with hundreds hiring managers and have a good grasp on what works on a resume and what does not. Below are some hints and tips on putting your resume together.
What effective resumes contain:
- Write job descriptions as completely as space allows.
- Include the total number of years experience.
- Because position titles do not always reflect job duties, describe your responsibilities and achievements.
- Include only necessary personal information.
- Make sure dates are correct and account for any gaps in time.
- If you have been employed in a contract setting, state “under contract to” in your resume.
- Include your name and page number on each page of a multiple page resume.
Interviews can be stressful but they do not have to be
It is important to keep in mind that you have already impressed the company with your resume, cover letter and the information they have heard about you. The interview is your chance to show your interpersonal skills and your enthusiasm for the opportunity. You should only interview for positions that you feel would be a great fit for you and the company.
How to prepare:
- Research the company. Look at their website and look in the news.
Here are some key facts that you should know about them:
• Key people
• Products and services
• Size (number of employees and sales)
• Organizational structure
• Major competitors
• Outside perspective of company
• Latest news reports
- Research the interviewer(s). Make sure you know the correct pronunciation of their names.
- Know why you want the job.
- Identify your monetary and personal needs.
- Express the marketable skills you have to offer the company.
- Be prepared for standard interview questions. Prepare your responses.
Resign With Style
You’ve been highly professional during the interview process and have landed the job. Now it’s time to be just as professional in resigning from your current employer. Make an appointment with your manager immediately after the offer letter is signed and the background and drug test are complete. Postponing it is like postponing a dentist appointment; you only succeed in letting things get worse while suffering the pain a bit longer. The objective of giving notice is informational. This is not an exit interview and not the time for emotion. Just the facts, you are leaving! Give notice in person and bring your letter of resignation along with you.
Do not resign by email. Over the phone is okay if you can’t meet face-to-face. Be clear immediately and let them know you are resigning within the first 30 seconds of speaking with them. Let your boss know up front that you are not at liberty to discuss what company you are going to, what you will be doing there or how much they are paying you. My new employer would prefer everything to stay confidential until the start date for internal reasons. Also tell a few close colleagues, employees or customers about your new position and let your boss know you did. It creates momentum and keeps you optimistic and strong.
DO NOT give more than two weeks notice. More than two weeks sends the message to your new boss that you live in the past, not the future. Two weeks is professional and sufficient.
Submit the letter on your way out. Your resignation letter needs to be short and to the point. When a member of the Presidents Cabinet resigns their resignation letter is sometimes only two sentences.