Building the proper resume

February 24, 2009 12:31:28 PM PST
With unemployment at record highs, standing out from the crowd has become even more important. No one knows that better than the folks at Lloyd staffing, a professional employment agency.

"It's a tough time. It's a challenging time," said Ex. VP Jason Banks.

Banks says there are 50 to 60 percent more candidates sending resumes for each posted position, so he has to know a winning resume when he sees one.

"It needs to have the right language. It needs to scream that I have the accomplishments and the skill level and the experience that match the position that you have open," adds Banks.

Kimberly Schneiderman is a professional resume writer and full-service career counselor, offering workshops on everything from interviewing skills to job search strategies.

She says your resume should pitch you much like a company sells its products to consumers.

"What features and benefits, which are really your experiences and your accomplishments do you have that are going to benefit or be valuable to the potential employer," says Schneiderman.

Also on the list of resume do's is including the 5w's and h. That's the what, when, where, why, who and how of your work; and professional packaging like an easy to read layout, clear, concise language and maybe an attention grabber.

Schneiderman adds, "When they're looking at your resume and glancing at things, anything that you can do to stop their eye is going to be good."

Luxury brand sales manager Sabrina Valenzano credits Schneiderman with whipping her resume into shape. "She was actually able to really clarify my professionalism and really identify what are the pros," she says.

There is one big resume don't from the experts. Don't make it a career obituary. In other words, it should be less about what you've done and more about what you can do.

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