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What constitutes a great resume?

December 12, 2011


“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.

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?

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.


Connie’s Career Corner is your source for career information.  E-mail questions for future columns to Visit us at 155 Legends Drive Suite M, Lebanon, TN 37087.


Tennessee Career Center is a publicly funded agency that provides career resources to job seekers and employers in Wilson County.  To find out about the free services available, job seekers should attend Resume Writing held each Tuesday at 9 am or call 444-9355 ext. 222.

Start networking with local employers today!

November 14, 2011

NCAC offers a series of networking meetings known as Career Connections which provide insight and knowledge about the world of work from career and job search experts in the community. Below is a list of the upcoming Career Connections at the agency’s locations:


Topic: “Resume Review,” presented by Susan Jett, Corporate Recruiter for Emdeon.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: NCAC Workforce Campus, 621 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37228

Bring your resume to this Tuesday’s Career Connection where Susan Jett will present a hands-on resume review workshop. You don’t want to miss this one!

Coffee and networking begin at 9:00 a.m.

Call (615) 862-8890 for more information.


Topic: “Think Like a Recruiter for a Competitive Advantage” presented by Danielle Underwood with Staffmark.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Tennessee Career Center in Rutherford Co., 1313 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Coffee and networking begin at 9:00 a.m.

Call (615) 898-8081 for more information.


Topic: “Modern Job Searching” presented by Mr. Walter Tieck, Consultant and Career Transition Group Leader

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10 a.m.

Where: Tennessee Career Center in Wilson Co., 155 Legends Drive, Suite M, Lebanon, Tn 37087

Call (615) 444-9355 for more information.

Tips to Remember

– Dress to impress as you will be connecting with employers who may select you to interview for an open position at their company.

– It’s always a good idea to bring your resume along and any other necessary information to complete employment applications on the spot if the opportunity may arise.

– Don’t forget your positive attitude and a smile :)