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8 Tips for Effective Resume Building

 

If you are a work at home mom whose business is just starting out, you may still need to interview for jobs outside the home on a periodic basis; if this is the case, you can profit from resume building that results in a well-written and well-designed document. With all of the resume tips floating around out there, some job seekers don't want to hear anymore, but these basic guidelines can really help improve your chances of using your "curriculum vitae" effectively.

1. Keep It Current

Periodic updates are critical for giving potential employers the newest and best information about all of your experience and completed projects.

2. Find the Best History - and Highlight It

Your resume shouldn't be a strictly even document. Instead, pick out some of the best projects and experiences and give them more detail. Fleshing out your best work is a way to get managers to focus on your positives, rather than just reading through a flat narrative.

3. Show Qualifications

Many times, your actual skills and qualifications are much more important than other jobs that you may have done before. That's why some job seekers choose to list their qualifications at the top of a resume, under a completely different subheading. This practice is fairly common and acceptable to most resume readers.

4. Name Drop Your Big Clients

It may seem a little crass, but the raw truth is that lots of hiring managers make decisions based on big names that show up on a resume. It's possible to go overboard on this, but on the other hand, a good concise list of prior client firms can do wonders.

5. Explain Past Initiatives

You don't want to write a book, since your resume reader won't have time to finish it, but you do want to give good relevant details on projects that you think have a bearing on what you may be hired for. A few bullet points under every project is a good rule of thumb.

6. Provide References Upfront

Hiring managers may ask for references on the initial job ad, at the interview, or in future meetings. Having these contacts up front will help you avoid scrambling to collect them later.

7. Build a "Self-employed" vs "Corporate" Resume

Not all resumes are created equal. When it comes to getting hired for either contracted or employee-type work, you'll want your resume to be correctly targeted. Some employers who are hiring in-house want to see that you can function in a traditional work world as opposed to modern independent contractor roles.

8. Specialize and Customize

It sometimes helps to tweak your resume as much as possible to the job and company that you are applying for. A few quick changes can make the resume seem targeted and personal, rather than a boilerplate design.

All of these easy tips can help out with crafting the resume that will land you the work that you want, whether it's in a traditional office or in a work at home job role. Writing a resume is a creative and sometimes demanding task, and putting in some hard work can pay off later.

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