We continue to Part Two of four in our newsletter series. In Part One, we identified how to fine tune the type of work you are targeting and formulate the right approach towards your job search. Part Two will focus on one of the tools in selling yourself; the resume. I hope you will continue to keep Pearl Interactive Network, Inc. in mind as a referral source for your candidates search for home based and client site employment. If you have candidates that may be a fit for us, please point them to: http://pearlinteractivenetworkinc.appone.com/.
3 Types of Resumes – The type of resume you choose will be dictated by your level of experience.
The Chronological Resume – this resume gives a candidate’s chronological job history. This format may work best for people who have had an extensive employment history.
The Skills Resume – this format lists skills an employer is looking for. This is an ideal format for someone without a lot of work experience.
The Chrono-Skills Resume – the Chrono-Skills Resume format combines the best of both worlds.
If you possess Military experience, military training is an invaluable asset to the civilian market place. There are websites that will assist you with translating your military skills into a resume attractive to civilian employers. The following are sites that assist you with transforming your military resume to a civilian work place.
VA for VETS Military Skills Translator – this military skills translator translates your military skills, experience, and helps to explore career options.
Mil2FedJobs Federal Jobs Crosswalk – this site translates military occupations to federal jobs.
Department of Labor (DOL) Military to Civilian Occupation Translator – this site matches military skills and experience to civilian occupations.
When creating your resume be concrete and use numbers as proof of what you’ve done. For example: “Increased sales by 35 percent.“ The more you can quantify your efforts with actual numbers the better. Cover letters are back so tailor your cover letter to address why you want the specific job at that specific company and why your skills would benefit the organization. Keywords are your friend so pay attention to the keywords in the job posting. Be sure to use them in your résumé and cover letter. Applicant tracking systems are based on keyword searches. Resumes can be formatted to put your best foot forward. Your level of experience and training may determine if a chronological, skills or combination format is best for you. Your opportunity for a positive interview is enhanced by researching the company you want to work for, the person you are interviewing with and the job before the interview.
Always check your resume over several times for spelling and formatting errors before using it in your job search. Enlisting in the help of one, even two others to proof it is a good idea. Once your resume is complete you are ready to move to the job search and networking phase of this process!