Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Well after sulking and filing for unemployment what do you do?

Well make sure your resume is up to date, BUT… are you’re online resume’s (Monster, CareerBuilder, etc…) up to date? Do they “Match”? Are they Truthful? Employers have accounts on more than one employment sites, and can verify that the information is the same

Something’s I have encountered with this “round” of unemployment is not only did I “typo” some dates between paper resume. I had left one company in July 2008, I used the numerical value 08/07. Lesson learned… I write out all my dates (July 21, 2008).

It seems that I also had job titles and descriptions that were different raises some questions with employers.  Apparently there is a difference between Inventory Administrator (which was the company’s title) and Inventory Manager, as well as Team Lead (company title) and Department Leader, as I quickly found out prospective employers like it all to be the same, all the way around. Remember… when you have to create a profile with a company, upload your resume, 99% of the companies will automatically import your resume into the appropriate fields

Now everyone will have their opinion on how and what a resume should be. With no scientific data to base my opinion on, this is just what “works” (worked) for me. Save your resume with the file name of your name and the year, mine is named Fredrick E. Brehm resume 2011, this way when you e-mail it to human resource managers, it will not be accidently over written… unless there is another you applying at the same company.

Now what goes on your resume is up to you. You need to balance between responsibilities and accomplishments. As much as Employee of the Month awards, Diploma’s and certificates would look good on your resume, you need to list what you can do, such as manage employees safely, accurate cashier scores or new design in a process that you adapted. Remember, companies want to see what you can do to help THEM and save them time, money and customers.

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