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How To Build A Resume Which Gets You Any Job Quickly

How To Build A Resume Which Gets You Any Job Quickly

The job market is getting tough for new grads, with more competition coming from almost all the relevant quarters. As more and more people are improving their skills to match the new job requirements.

In such a competitive environment, if you are a job seeker, you need to tweak your resume and improve it to a point where it makes you stand out from others. Make your resume so impressive that employers become compelled to call you for an interview ahead of the competition.

If you really want to tweak your resume and further refine it, here are some great tips for you:

1. Write Professional Summary and Tagline

The starting of your resume should be impressive and must attract the attention of the recruiter. Focus more on developing a short, crisp and concise summary statement which narrates your overall career achievements.

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Make sure you include the information which is an absolute must and avoid including too much of information which is either irrelevant or can be adjusted in other sections of the cv.

2. Get Professional Help

This may sound like strange advice, but it is extremely important if you get professional help from a coach.

Professional coaches help you to understand the job requirements of your industry and help you craft smart summaries and intros which are attractive enough to get you an interview.

You can also look for best free resume builder to properly craft a good-looking resume if you are not ready to pay for a professional help.

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The benefit of free resume builders is that they offer you good formatting which is not otherwise available in ordinary MS Word Resume building process.

3. Write With the Future in Mind, Not the Past

A resume is always a sales pitch—something which presents your story to a potential employer. Instead of making it a historical document, focus on crafting a resume which covers the future.

Give an impression that you are going to be a valuable addition to your employer and will greatly enhance the probability of success of any new projects after you are hired.

4. Show Details of Projects Done

Though a bit debatable, many experts suggest including the projects done in your resume with a brief description of the projects and your role in it.

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In the skills or experience section, you can easily incorporate the details on projects you have done.

5. Quantify as Much as possible

Another important ingredient to have an excellent resume is to include the numbers in your resume. If you can, include your achievements in numbers, quantifying increases in sales revenue, profitability, number of new customers, and improvement in website traffic. Whatever you believe you have achieved, transform it into numbers and mention them against your achievements.

6. Make Your Chronology Genuine

If you were out of the job or missed some years, make sure you account for the gap years. To sound more genuine, you need to make potential employers sense that you are a genuine, potential candidate.

Above all, it also sets your integrity and improves your chances to get a call.

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7. Keep Updating Your Resume

Lastly, you must keep your resume updated and ensure that you mention all the current information. A change in the work situation, a long leave or even a new part time or home based assignments may be mentioned in the resume to keep it current.

Also, do not forget to change the resume as per each job you apply for. Do include a cover letter and do not send the same cover letter for every job.

Getting a job can be lot easier if your resume is correctly prepared and made with an intention to pitch the best you can offer.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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“What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
“What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
“What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
“What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Everything takes energy

Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

Find something that is worth doing

Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

Other excuses I often hear are:

“But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
“I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
“At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
“Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

Conclusion

Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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