I have found myself back in the unemployment pool recently. I realized that it was time to dust off my resume and start the job hunt once again. It has been a few years since I have been in the need of employment, but off I go once again. Since I have to get get back in the game and dust off my resume, I have to wonder if things have changed in the past few years and if so, what is different now.
I started my hunt by using Google and like most people, I ended up on Wikipedia. At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9 there was a fair amount of information. Nothing I didn't already know so off I went again to find something that would be more useful.
I started looking for some help and noticed that there is significantly more help now than there was a few years ago. There are plenty of people who will write it for me, tips, formats, and a number of other options available. I did find a great program at http://www.freeresumebuilder.org/ which really got my attention. The sales page seems very promising, and I can't deny that a step by step process to help me create the killer resume sounded pretty good to me.
As I use the software, I find myself wondering if there are any ideas you folks have any ideas or tips that you have which have improved your resume and the results you have received with your resume. Are there certain formats or even fonts that you have found worked better than others? Lets share some powerful tips that we have all found to get the best results.
One tip that I have is simple. When you create a list of your skills and selling points you should list the positive attributes first. The mind will shut down after hearing or reading the first 3 or 4 parts of a list. That means that listing any negative ideas first will have those attributes stick in the mind of your potential employer. If what you list is positive, then those attributes will be what comes to mind first as their mind shuts down for the rest of the list, even if it is negative attributes.