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Welcome back to our job search blog series. Hard to believe it’s 11 in your Get Hired strategy sequence. Are you following the action steps?

 

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Job Search Tip #10: Create a resume template
On yesterday I explained that your resume would most likely be screened by a computer and a hiring manager. Therefore, your resume should include key words that appear in each job description. Prepare a standard resume that will be tailored to each position for which you apply.

 

10 resume preparation tips:

  1. Review sample resumes for ideas for your own job search materials.
  2. Use Arial or Times New Roman 12 point font. Choose a format that is easy to read.
  3. Resume header should include full name, address, best phone number to reach you on, and a professional email address.
  4. List your most recent and relevant experience first.
  5. Include name of company, job title, years of employment, and location for each position.
  6. List key accomplishments and not just job duties for each position.
  7. Be truthful. Do not invent skills or responsibilities.
  8. Try to keep your resume at one or two pages. You do not have to list all of your work experience. Fifteen years is a good rule of thumb.
  9. Highlight relevant education and training.
  10. Check and recheck your grammar and spelling.

 

Stay tuned for job search tip #11 tomorrow.

 

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox, is a Life Skills Expert who uses her Packaged For Success™ programs to help clients set goals for life and create a road map to reach those goals. Ms. Sanders is an experienced case manager, trainer, and administrator. She offers professional development training for both youth and adults. Ms. Sanders holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has fifteen years of direct experience with a diverse array of clients in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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Comments 6

  • Great tips! The job market is so competitive these days, and having a stellar resume’ is a must! Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  • Great tips, although 15 years is probably going back a few year too far for teens! 🙂

    I especially like the last tip, since it never ceases to amaze me how many errors I see. And not just in resumes.

    • Hi Daphne. Thanks for stopping by. My GET Hired Strategy Session is for teens and adults. I spent many years as a Case Manager for adults and hiring and managing staff and volunteers where I have seen many, many mistakes. This is another way I want to support the community.

  • Nicki, I love, love, love what you are doing for challenged teens. Several years ago I designed and implemented a job training program for teens in juvinile facilities in SE Kansas. It was hands-on and done in small groups. 6 sessions. Unfortunately, the funding was cut off so I only did it twice.It was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things I’ve ever done.

    Three cheers for you and all you are going for kids.

    • Dina I am grateful for the encouragement. Funding cuts are always a sad ordeal but I can tell the way your blog post touched me that your impact on the teens was amazing. My work with young people IS my most rewarding and enjoyable work! Thank you for making a difference. Continued success. – Nicki

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