Don’t Let Your Resume Be Your Career Downfall

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Here are some tips that can help you avoid the unforgivable career move that can very well be your downfall.

Being happy with your career choice is something that not all people are blessed with and they seldom know what they want out of their professional lives. Professional coaches often see people who haven’t yet figured out what they want. It can be a difficult scenario in any stage of your life and if you haven’t figured out what you want, preparing a great resume becomes a herculean task.

Rewriting your resume is a process that precedes a change in career and if you really know where you want to be, writing a resume can be an easy task. Here are some tips that can help you avoid the unforgivable career move that can very well be your downfall.

What You Haven’t Done At Your Current Job Doesn’t Matter

We are not saying that what you have done so far in your professional life doesn’t amount to anything. What we mean to say is that if you don’t translate your achievements, accomplishments, and your indispensability to your current firm well in a resume, then they really don’t matter do they?

The reader or analyzer of the resume won’t know what you have accomplished until you bare it all and lay it out for them. Say you saved your company from losing a big client and saved a huge project from destruction. If you can’t translate that to a resume, a potential employer won’t know your targeted area of expertise. Finding a job that you love based on your strong point would become that much difficult.

Explain how you contributed to the success of the last organization and how you made the company better or the job description better. Explain and think hard before you write what your most important skills are. Write about what your goals are. Companies take acute interest in employees who know what they want and are passionate to get it done.

A Good Job Record Doesn’t Always Mean a Good Resume

Some resumes are filled with great positions at good companies. Does that mean that these resumes are a star resume? Not really.

Laying down what jobs you held and which positions you occupied isn’t the right kind of accomplishment. Don’t wing out when you are writing a resume or you will end up underselling your abilities and what you can really accomplish. Highlight all the great things that you have done at a job. You may work at a glamorous company but your job description is not relevant to the current job position. This is where tailored resumes come in. Customize your resume to appeal to the current job that you are applying for. Think about what kind of abilities and accomplishments would appeal to them. Going in a different direction is the trick to nailing a great resume.

Career Changes Are Perfect If Your Resume Doesn’t Show That

If you haven’t done something before, an employer would be hesitant to hire you because training you would be too much work. An employer wants someone who can pick up the pace with ease and knock it out of the park. Being excited about a job is one thing and being experienced at it is another.

When you have been working for five years in one field, the learning curve flattens and you are left with no potential exhilarating factor. Mention jobs in the resume that will make it seem like you are progressing at a natural pace rather than jumping ship completely. If you have more than two career changes, line them up in a way that it will seem like a natural progression.

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