3 Tips to Build a Better Resume

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Building a better resume begins with these three tips from a resume expert.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans scrambling to find a job, or one of the millions more afraid of losing the one you have, a perfect resume could be the most important piece of paper in your life.

“When I realized that the competition is fierce having going out with a resume that I created on my own, and I didn’t feel like it was strong enough to set me apart from everybody else.”
-John Costello, Needed Better Resume

When John Costello found himself out of work, he knew he needed every edge: so he did what he could to stand out: he hired expert help to sharpen his resume. And it worked.

“Building a better resume helped me get a job.”
-John Costello, Needed Better Resume

A resume is the first impression you’ll make with a potential employer. There’s nothing more important. Jay Block has written many books on resumes and interviewing. So what does he say is job one in building a better resume?

“Number one the resume needs to be highly focused for the job that you’re going after.”
-Jay Block, Resume Expert

In other words, rearrange your resume to highlight skills you have that that specific employer wants.

Tip number 2, don’t just list work history: list your greatest accomplishments.

“What separates the winning candidates from those who finish 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so forth are the achievements. What did you produce in the past?”
-Jay Block, Resume Expert

And tip number 3 is something not to do on your resume, no matter how desperate you are: lie.

“They are going to make all these background checks and most companies will terminate somebody if they find out 25 hours after they hire somebody or if they find out 25 years after they hire somebody if they lied on their resume they’re being terminated.”
-Jay Block, Resume Expert

Bottom Line? This piece of paper is you! So make it shine. There are countless resources online or at your local library that can help. Check some out.

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