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Connie’s Career Corner: What Constitutes a great resume?

November 15, 2013


“What constitutes a great resume?”


Tip for the day:  Take time developing a great resume because your resume is a reflection of how you are and where you have been in life.

Q:  Dear Connie:   In your articles, you refer to the need to have a great resume as part of my marketing package.  What constitutes a great resume?

A:   Dear Job Seeker:   Many people confuse an “attractive resume” with a great resume.  I have seen where many job seekers have paid $200 for someone else to write their resume.  While most all of them were attractive, some were good and some were not good and even fewer were great.

A great resume is a resume that shows the skills and abilities you can offer a company in a clear, concise, and easy to read format.  Most importantly, a great resume focuses on clarity. 

Statistics show that your resume will probably be read for no longer than 12 seconds during its first read through.  Depending on how clearly you have expressed your value to the employer, you will be rejected or move on for further consideration.

If your resume is difficult to follow because of misspelled words and poor grammar, your chance of making it through the first read with a positive outcome is not great.  Consider some of these major read through detractors and rid your resume of them:

  • Abbreviations
  • Personal information
  • Misspelled words
  • Passive tense verbs
  • Lack of work history information
  • Repeating the same information over and over
  • Typed in an usual resume format
  • Resume paper with designs or non-business colors
  • Pictures/graphics
  • Year you graduated from High School or College (unless you graduated within the last five years)

If you have not spent some time writing and rewriting your resume, you probably have not invested enough of your time in this part of the job searching process.  You may be a great interviewer, but you need a great resume to get an opportunity get to the interview.


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Connie’s Career Corner: Don’t overlook the company culture

September 9, 2013



“Don’t overlook the company culture”


Tip for the day:   “What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.”  Reverend Lewis L. Dunnington


Q: Dear Connie:  I am thinking about changing companies.  I am interested in working for a particular company but I have friends who do not seem to like working there.  How do I know if the company is a good company or bad company to work for?


A: Dear Looking for a Good Thing: When we accept a position we have expectations regarding what that employer and the position will be like. Two people could have totally different expectations for the same job.  If two people have different expectations, their opinions regarding personal satisfaction will have different results. 


It is important to gather as much information as possible before accepting a job offer from a company.  You will want to find out how the employer manages employee relations, such as, how it rewards employees for a job well done. Also, you should know the financial condition of the company, and most importantly, pay attention to the company culture. 


Some people want to be praised publicly for their accomplishments.   Others value getting a pay raise when they have accomplished their goals.  Being given detailed instructions and clear expectations makes some workers happy. Others appreciate knowing what needs to be accomplished and being given the freedom to work out the details in their own way.


This is why two people doing the same type of job may see the job in a totally different light.  One worker may think he has the best job in the world, but the other may dread every moment while at work.


Every company has its own culture and you will want to know if you fit in with the people you will be working with everyday.  During your interview process, take the opportunity to meet the person who will be supervising you and the people who will be your co-workers. Try to determine if the employees keep their personal life separate from work, socialize outside of work, or support a relaxed or very structured work environment. This is where your observation skills will come in handy.  This is not a question to ask your interviewer.


There is no right or wrong way to feel as long as you think about how you are the happiest and try to find a work environment that best matches the way you do your work best.  The closer the match, the more likely you are to join the group who says they work for a good or great company.


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Connie’s Career Corner: Three Styles of Resumes

July 31, 2013



Tip for the day:  An application is what an employer wants to ask you and a resume is what you want to tell an employer.

Q:  Dear Connie:  I have heard there are several styles of resumes.  Which style is the best to use?

A:  Dear Putting Your Skills on Paper:  You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This is especially true when you are trying to impress an employer with your resume.  Employers report that they look at your resume an average of 12 seconds.  It is so important to make the most of those 12 seconds by choosing the style of resume that best showcases your skills and abilities.

There are basically three different styles of business resumes: the chronological resume, the functional resume and the combination resume. 

The most commonly used style of resume is the chronological resume.  This style of resume lists your work experience starting with your most recent position and working backward.  A chronological resume is a good style for a person with a strong work history.  Many employers prefer this style of resume because it is laid out in a logical manner and is easy to read.

The second style of resume is the functional resume.  The functional resume focuses on your skills and abilities without regard to when, where or how you acquired them.  A person with limited work experience or who has gaps in their work history may choose to use a functional resume.

The third style is the combination resume.  In this style you combine the best features of the chronological and the functional resume.  Your most relevant skills and accomplishment are listed at the top of the resume followed by your work history.  It is important in this style to not sound repetitive.  Many job seekers prefer this style because it begins with a summary of relevant information that shows what they have to offer as a prospective employee.

There are pros and cons to each style of resume so choose the style that best displays your skills, education and experience. Resumes are designed to get you an interview, so be sure that yours is concise and clearly written.

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