How To Tell If Your Resume Will Bring OPTIMUM Calls For Interviews

Two days ago, in the front of my home, several crocuses popped up, signaling the beginning of spring. I know most of you are so ready for warmer weather and the sights and sounds that spring brings.

Silent PhoneMany of us think of the New Year as a time for new beginnings, but I think of spring as a time to take inventory of where I am and make plans to ensure I am on the correct path for where I want to go. (I go to a hotel and spend a weekend reflecting and making my plans) If I need to make adjustments, because I’ve gotten off track or I have intentionally changed my goals, I make the necessary corrections to get me on the path to success – and draw up a new plan of action.

This might be just the time for you to evaluate where you are and where you want to be – whether you are currently working or not. If you are not where you want to be, decide what steps you have to take to get there, and who needs to help you along the way. Once you have done that, it’s time to take ACTION

While our economy is still challenging, smart job seekers are taking control of their career now, and wisely implementing simple procedures to increase their chances of finding a new job.

Good news is, it’s surprisingly simple to take control of your career right now. In addition, what’s really cool is that once you put these procedures into place, your job search will take on a new energy, even during times like these.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a stellar resume – one that shows your value and beats your competition hands down. Your resume has to grab the attention of the employer so they will want to pick up the phone and call you for an interview.

Are you passing / sending out a resume that is not totally effective? Here’s how to tell:

  • Your focus / target is missing or unclear
  • Your skill set is missing or incomplete
  • Your key words are absent or might not be the most effective ones
  • Your uniqueness, accomplishments or successes are weak or are missing completely, so that your specific value is not evident to the employee
  • Your resume isn’t formatted so that it is easy to read and that information flows well
  • Your resume has misspelled words
  • You’ve used a template and it looks like everyone else’s

Why: If your resume is not a “10” you are hurting / killing your chances of getting calls for interviews, no matter how great your skills and accomplishments are. You only have 15 – 20 seconds to impress the reader and be considered for the “keep” pile. If your resume isn’t great, you’re just not going to be in the handful of people chosen to interview.

I know this might seem harsh, but I want to make sure you know the truth. In these economic times, you have to take special care that your resume stands out, or you don’t stand a chance of being called for the type of job you want, let alone, getting the pay you deserve.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

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