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How to write a resume for an outsourcing job
We get many resumes emailed to us daily, and it is sad to see how poorly organized they always are. I have not seen one good resume so far. There is more than one way to write a good resume, but the most important thing is to keep it organized with no omitted information. Information should be in inverse chronological order, contain information about your education, and even professional memberships. Please keep in mind that I am sitting here in Los Angeles, and the rules are different in Manila or Hyderabad, or wherever you may be.
Here are some general tips about resumes.
Use a high grade of paper
In America, it is customary for resumes to be treated like very valuable documents such as legal documents like wills, or trusts. Likewise, resumes traditionally are printed by a professional printer and drafted by a professional typist. The paper used should be a very fancy grade of off-white or ivory colored paper. Some use light gray in the legal profession. Different professions might have different standards. The main thing is to ask around to see if a particular grade or shade of paper is preferred. Your resume is one of your first impressions, and you want to appear fancy and well equipped. If this is not available wherever you are, try to find a very high-end print shop near the downtown of your metro, or do the best you can in your neighborhood.
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Inverse chronological order
Although there are various ways to craft a resume, the information should be in some sort of clear order. Make sure that all of the years in your professional life are somehow accounted for, or you will be questioned. I have seen more resumes in inverse chronological order meaning that the most recent job description is on top.
What to put on the resume?
You should state your job objective, and indicate any highlights in terms of your type and level of specialties. There should be a brief summary of each job you have held, education, and anything else that you think is really important. Its generally preferred to keep it to one page, but two might be okay. It might not be a bad idea to attach exhibits to the back of the resume: one exhibit for each job you want to elaborate on if there is a lot to say. That way the interviewer can view that information only if they want to, but won’t be overloaded.
It is recommended to put this at the top of the resume. Indicate what type of job you are looking for and why.
Highlighting special skills
You are encouragedd highlight particular areas of experience that would be highly needed by the potential employers you are contacting.
What do I say about each company I’ve worked for?
Include the dates you worked for these companies, the name and city of the company, and your job description. You might quickly mention particular tasks that you were responsible for if you can keep it short.
How do I document my education?
State what schools you went to and when. What degree did you get? Were there any special areas of focus? What did you major in? Stick to Universities and High School, or whatever the highest two degrees you have earned are. If you went to special trade or music schools, you can list that too to make an impression.
Everybody wants a job and claims to be good at what they do or want to do. But, a professional membership can prove how passionate or serious you are about something. If you claim to be a member of a professional organization, make sure you really attend meetings and know what is going on at that organization so you will appear to be serious.
Customized letters should accompany each resume
People looking for jobs fax, email, and mail resumes to everyone in sight. This is not so smart. Resumes get throw away quickly. You should make personal contact with whomever you are sending the resume to so they will remember you when they get the resume. That way they will at least read it before they shred it. Attach a nice customized letter with the resume. You can say how much you enjoyed talking to them on the phone and how eager you are to get started soon.
Don’t list reasons why you terminated employment
If the interviewer wants to ask, they can ask why you left a job. But, the worst thing you can do is to jump from job to job. Its expensive to train and hire new employees, so bosses want someone who is stable who will stick around and work hard.
Go on the internet and read the details about good resumes. Have a few people in the business world check your resume and make pointers. Have them check again once you have fixed the pointers. Its common to go through many drafts before arriving at a perfect finished product.
A resume makes one of the first impressions that you will make with an employer. Get to know contact people at companies over the phone or in person before sending a resume. In marketing, having met someone is worth a thousand pieces of paper. Being on top of your skills is critical. There are thousands of unqualified people looking for work. If you feel you are not at the top of your game, please find a tutor, school, or way you can improve upon your weak points. Make sure you know everything you need to know. Nobody wants a semi-disfunctional worker. You will waste people’s time and end up unemployed if you don’t know your stuff. Practice your communication skills to. Everyone needs someone who can speak well, confidently, and clearly. Meeting someone is the first impression, the resume is the second, but good work skills will keep you employed in the long run with a high salary.
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