Resume & Career Advice

June 13, 2011

What You Need to Know About Resume Designs and Styles

Resume Design

Are you taking advantage of the right resume design?

It is true— resume is an art. However, resume should not look like the text version of a Pablo Picasso work. Resume should look professional, symmetric, clean while being distinctive and appealing.

Just like art, form should follow function. Always keep in mind that the main role and function of resume is to serve as a marketing tool for job seekers. Therefore, the structure and design of the resume should highlight the applicant’s qualifications. How is this done? When establishing sections, employ the F-Pattern, which is the way most people read— start from the upper left hand side move to the right, down, then to the right again. Important information and stronger experience should come first. When you are still a level-entry professional, you should place the ‘education’ section first before the ‘professional experience.’

Use only 2 font styles at maximum. Don’t be too colorful. Avoid using red, green, pink, yellow and orange. Font size should not exceed 12 and not be smaller than 10. Observe the importance of white spaces. This is accomplished by providing a distinct space between sections. Margins should not be more than 1” from all sides and should not be less than .5” White spaces are breathing spaces. Choose white, thick and unscented paper, preferably letter-size or A4 size.

In order to make your resume stand out, you may try to come up with personalized logos and experiment with font size, lines and background hues. The tricky part is how to make the design appropriate to the industry. Research, research, research. However, if the challenge is very tough, it is always a good investment to let a professional make a personalized and professional-looking resume for you.

May 16, 2011

Establishing Professional Online Identity

Employment: Professional Online Identity

Can your professional online identity get you hired?

The internet is a very powerful tool for communication, commerce and even for marketing oneself for employment. However, one must be aware that internet is both professionally constructive and destructive depending on how a person uses the internet and whether or not he or she practices discretion and moral ethics in his or her online activities. The modern day practice of Human Resource executives, who are tasked with doing background check as part of the recruitment process, includes checking an applicant’s online identity. When applying, one should keep in mind that the internet may make or break future employment. There are many ways to establish a professional online identity that would serve as a good reference to a person’s character, professionally and personally. These are:

1. Discretion and prudent use of networking sites. Popular networking sites such as myspace, multiply, twitter, friendster and facebook have become so prevalent that almost all people with internet access have at least account on at least one of the mentioned sites. These sites are very much trendy and fun, however, self-restriction and prudence must be practice in posting photos, blogs and comments. Photos wherein an applicant is drunk or nude and comments that are racist and insensitive are not the way to establish professional identity online.

2. One good practice is to join professional forums where one can air professional opinions and polite exchange of thoughts and ideas. Presence of these will imply that the person is intelligent. Another similar approach is development of an intelligent, prudent blog or contributing to online publications.

3. Make an online portfolio or a web-based resume that can be easily searched by employers and that can easily be referred to when hiring and recruitment are urgent. The trick is to develop as professional looking web-based resume that uses language excellently and that could market personal and professional strengths.

October 20, 2010

Should You Hire a Professional Resume Writer?

Professional Resumes

Is your resume really “professionally” written?

In a vast online world where do-it-yourself instructions and how-to information abound, one would easily be able to look for step-by-step explanations on how to do certain things—perhaps, even everything—from playing the acoustic guitar to using a Microsoft Zune portable media player.  You need to change the batteries on your iPhone?  A quick Google search will yield numerous video demonstrations.  Your pecan pie not coming out the way you want it to?  Yahoo! Answers will have a host of suggestions for you.

It is therefore not surprising that people often decide to write something as simple as a resume without asking for help from professionals.  Besides, you might not even think you need help in writing a resume, and should you require any assistance, there is always the internet.

However, what people fail to realize is the value of professional assistance.  You could study all the steps about rewiring the lights in your home—and you could even end up doing a good enough job—but will you take the chance?  If you have any doubt in your skill in electrical installation, the best thing to do is to ask for help from a professional.  An electrician rewires homes for a living.  It is what he does.  You can trust him with your lights.

It is the same for resumes.  A professional resume writer creates resumes for a living.  If your current resume is not getting you the interviews you think you deserve, then it is time to seek professional advice.  A professional resume writer can make your resume play to your strengths.  He knows what employers want and will get you that interview.

In the end, you can go ahead and incorporate the advice that you got from the web and create your own resume.  You could even end up creating a good enough resume, and you might get a call from your potential employer.  But will you take the chance?  If you have any doubt in your skill in resume writing, the best thing to do is to ask for help from a professional resume writer.  After all, it is what he does.  You can trust him with your resume.

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