Brookwoods Group's Recruiting Manager Marilyn Emmanuel appeared on KPRC Channel 2 News in Houston with tips on how to polish up your resume! The station's link is here:
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HOUSTON – With unemployment numbers at the highest level in decades, competition is fierce for people hoping to find a new job. If you are putting together your resume or updating it for the first time in years, you may be staring at the computer screen, stumped at where to start.
Your resume is the document that can get you in the door at a company so you can meet the hiring manager and convince them you are the best candidate for the job. That is why you should think of yourself as a product. Your resume is the marketing brochure to get the employer interested in you.
Marilyn Emanuel is the recruiting manager at Brookwooods Group, an employee search firm in Houston. Over the last 15 years, she has sorted through thousands of resumes. She says the most impactful need these five things:
No more than three pages
The length of your resume should depend on your years of experience, but it should never be more than three pages long. And don’t waste your time on a cover letter.
“Hiring managers and recruiters really don’t read a resume,” Emanuel confessed. “In reality, it takes about seven seconds to scan over a resume.”
Emanuel said the biggest mistakes she sees people make on resumes are typos and grammatical errors.
You can use Grammarly online to check your copy. She said you should ask three to five people to proof your resume to look for typos and errors before you send it out.
Avoid the temptation to add personal details on your resume. Some applicants like to share their hobbies, marital status or pictures. If the information is not applicable to the send job you are applying for, leave it off.
Resist the temptation to add color and graphics to your resume.
Some applicants are dressing up their resumes with icons and logos of companies. Emanuel suggests doing some research on the company you want to work for. If their website is more traditional and conservative, keep your resume standard with text only. Your skills should stand out, not the graphics, unless of course, you are applying for a position as a graphic designer.
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