(ARA) - You've seen the headlines. While no one would call the job market red hot, it is warming. Companies across most industries are starting to lift their heads and are considering new talent. While many businesses may be operating leaner, they are recruiting for skilled workers in many areas.
Job candidates need to be focused on presenting their best selves for the right opportunities once they come along. So, how do you do that? According to Jana Fallon, vice president, Staffing at Prudential Financial, "First, arm yourself with a winning resume to get you in the door, and then wow them with a winning interview."
"Resumes are the currency of jobs. It is your value to a future employer," says Fallon who noted that there are several steps you can take to make sure you show your full value. "The reality is that your resume is reviewed in 60 to 90 seconds at best. So, boil down your experience and skills into easily understood words to help your resume land in the winner pile."
Winning resumes have these elements:
Resumes that don't pass the test often have these pitfalls:
Fallon also notes that a winning resume will get you noticed, but the job still has to be won in the interview. "The interview is your chance to bring your resume to life. Shining in an interview is a skill, and with these insider tips and a little practice, you can get the job you want," she continues.
Avoid these common pitfalls:
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