I know it is really tough to get a job right now, don't let that distract you from getting a lot of useful information from this article. I have seen thousands of resumes, and most are just thrown together, copied and sent out in mass. Find out about the company you want to send a resume to, then write the resume specifically for that job/company/industry. Even though our industry (lumber and building materials) has been hit extremely hard, we still look for talented, qualified people.
Sorry redhottamales, but only 7 seconds are actually spent reading a resume, not 30. Plus the computer programs they now use can scan a resume in 3 seconds. In that three seconds it then decides whether your resume should actually be read by a human being. Sad, but true.
....Oh also, some advice on any professional writing: if you want to get a job and sound professional, check your spelling and use good English. Spewing forth expletive deletes in a flow of misspelled words does not appear to look professional or demonstrate maturity, self control or the ability to express yourself effectively in English.
WAY too much is put into resume's on any account.Its the PERSON,not what a piece of paper says,and if thats what companies are looking for,instead of what that person REALLY has to offer,and the person skills that a resume' will never show,thats not a company you want;and one of the reasons workplace help,and retail workers are at a all time low....
After reading some of the other comments, I see why some have not been able to secure employment. I don't believe how many people are taking the lord's name in vain. Our parents/grandparents were able to survive and flourish during the great depression. If you would only renew your faith in God and pray for help, and then most importantly put yourself in his hands and trust that he will never burden you with more than you can bear. You will find that He will make sure you (and your family) will be provided for!
Move to China I heard they are hiring
It kills me to hear all of you whiners on here complaining about a lack of jobs, and that you can't find one. The thing is there are plenty of jobs out there if you really want one, however the American psyche has been programmed to think that we are too good to do certain jobs. Instead of sitting on your ass all day long collecting unemployment checks and ranting about the American government you take some personal responsibility; I'm sure that idea goes above and beyond your wildest imaginations.There is no shortage of dishes that need to be washed, lawns needing to be cut, fields that need to be harvested, bathrooms needing to be cleaned; however you are too qualified to do that; you don't want a job you want a handout. Just be honest about it.
I am so sorry that Barbara Safani, would actually write an article so outdated! Remember she partners with Fortune 100 companies, not Fortune 500. Your resume needs to be written so that it can be combed by a computer, and when uploading to a computer, Fortune 500 companies want plain txt (that would be a document without headings, and all the fluff.) A computer scans the resume, and if the keywords do not match the programâs algorithm, then your resume is never even seen by human eyes. Sorry Barbara, you need to update your strategies for these times! Also, many companies see older workers as flight risks, because when they hire you at one third your pay, as soon as the job market opens, you are gone. Yes, I am employed, and was hired on the spot in the interview when the economy tanked. What do I do â computer specialist!
No wonder you people can't find jobs--you're too busy cursing and saying F Jesus??--shame on you!---you should pray with all your heart for a job and maybe God will give you a break after F'in his son's name!
YOU SIR, ARE EITHER AN "IDIOT,OR ONE OF THE ASSHOLE POLITITIANS IN WASHINGTON DC, WHO INSTEAD OF HELPING YOUR FELLOW MAN GAIN BACK THIS GREAT COUNTRY, IS ON A BRAKE FROM YOUR AGGENDA,AND DECIDED TO GO TO THIS SITE FOR SHITS AND GIGGLES!WAKE UP! THE ONLY WAY WE ARE GONNA FIND A JOB, IS THE GOOD OLD FASHIOND WAY......BEAT ON DOORS UNTILL SOMEONE TAKES NOTICE OF YOU! I DONT CARE IF "GOD" WRITES YOUR RESUME'......WHY SHOULD A GUY HIRE US AT $25-$35 AN HOUR, WHEN THEY CAN GET SOME CHICANO,OR MEXICAN TO DO IT FOR $8 AN HOUR? THET MEANS THE EMPLOYER CAN GET AT MINIMUM 3 EMPLOYEES TO DO TRIPPLE THE WORK YOU OR I CAN AND GIVE HIMSELF A $1 RAISE PER HOUR! SOOOOO THE RICH KEEP ON GETTING RICHER AND US POOR SLOBS KEEP GETTING FURTHER IN DEBT JUST TO SURVIVE!T6AKE YOUR RESUME, AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!