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Making A Good First Impression with your Resume

Do you remember that commercial you heard on the radio the other day? The one with the catchy song that stuck in your head? That was good advertising right there, and you can learn from it on how to prepare a resume that will make an impression on employers.

Much like commercials, resumes need to grab the attention of the recruiter right from the beginning. When writers are planning commercials for print, television, or the wavers, they focus on finding a ‘hook’ or a ‘catch’ that will get inside your head, and stick with you for a while.

Your resume writing should do the same thing. You should be able to write a resume that grabs the attention of the employer within the first couple of paragraphs, otherwise your resume will be forgotten. Resume writing opens a huge door to creative freedom that many people do not bother using when they create resumes for their job search. Even though you cannot go totally crazy with your resume, unless you are in an entertainment or artistic field, you still can maintain your professional image while preparing a resume that is as catchy as this new commercial on the radio.

First, you need to assemble all of your information and have a copy of the job ad. Then, you need to take the time to prepare a different resume for every position you apply for as no one likes a generic resume. The copy of the job ad will help you with this. You can read over it for keywords or see where the employer places the emphasis on, so that you know what aspects of your skills and abilities to emphasize.

Your resume does not have to give your life story, it simply has to appeal to the hiring manager enough that you are invited for an interview. Now this does not mean to leave them hanging. On the contrary, you need to be sure you give all of the requested information, as well as a comprehensive list of your career history and educational background, because once you have caught their attention, they will want to hear it in details.

There is a balance between making a professional resume and preparing a creative resume that will get you the job that you want. By keeping that professionalism in the back of your mind, you can take the creativity to whatever extent possible, while still maintaining integrity in your resume writing. Resume writing should not be complicated, and does not have to be boring. Although many people feel like they are simply recording a documented history of their experience, you are really creating history in your resume.

This does not mean that you should lie. You should never lie on a resume; this might come back to haunt you. But you can be creative to catch the attention of the employer. For example, instead of saying Assistant Manager, you could say something along the lines of Assistant Manager of HR. This gives a much clearer idea of what you actually did at your job than the first example.

In summary, resume writing can be fun; you need to exercise your creativity to make your resume stand out. Do not believe that resume writing is rigid. While there are certain do’s and don’ts, the way you grab the attention of the employer is up to you. As long as it lands you an interview, you are doing something right in your resume writing.

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