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Truth About Using a Resume Template

8 Jun, 2017

Truth About Using a Resume Template

Generic Resume = Generic Candidate — If you’re expecting to see great results from using a resume template for your job search, you’re setting yourself up for a BIG disappointment.

Employers, recruiters, hiring managers, and HR personnel are not seeking “general” candidates to interview. They’re looking for candidates who know what skills they have to offer and where they can best fit into a company.

Focus in a resume is very important. Unfortunately, many job seekers are under the impression that it’s a good thing to have a generic resume because they can cover a lot of ground when in fact, this is definitely not the case.

It’s very easy for people to find and fill out a resume template, which is why many people opt to use it. Looking for work is a job itself and if not taken seriously, it will result in a long, stressful, and drawn out job search that will be a big disappointment in end.

Your resume should reveal to the reviewer what you bring to the table and how you can make a difference if  they were to bring you on their team, going beyond a laundry list of duties and responsibilities, which a generic resume pretty much offers. It’s NOT the way to go if you want to stand out or grab the attention of potential employers, recruiters, hiring managers, and HR personnel.

  • Make certain your resume is an achievement-based resume, revealing your areas of expertise, leadership skills, and ability to take on challenges and deliver in the end , as well as any other trait or quality you want potential employers to know about you.
  • Don’t skimp when it comes to your resume. Due diligence is required when it comes to writing a resume worth reviewing in more detail. You get out of it what you put into it.
  • If you need help with your resume, get it! Take advantage of what’s available to you online and get advice from resume writing experts. BUT…
  • BE CAREFUL when viewing resume samples online or looking at a friend’s resume to get your creative juices flowing. All resumes are not created equal.

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  1. Thank you Maria for this detail explanation.
    I will keep your tips in mind.

  2. Great suggestions Maria, you summed up almost the whole thing. Also would like to add that achievement-based resume always catches a recruiters special attention.

    • Maria Hebda

      Yes, an achievement-based resume makes a big difference in the delivery of the info being presented to the reader. You would be amazed at how many job seekers who won’t take the time to include them in their resume.

      Another common thing I find with many job seekers is that many feel the time to mention their achievements is during the interview. Yes, this is true. But, they have to get the interview first! I’m glad you found value in my posting – thanks for your comment, Kane.

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