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Beef Up A Short Resume With Detailed Accomplishments And Volunteer Work

Recruiters only read your resume for about six seconds before moving on. If you’ve been unemployed for an extended period, or you’re fresh out of school looking for work experience, your resume may be so bare that six seconds is long enough. Here’s how to spice it up with useful data that will help you land a job.

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Whether you’ve worked at the same company forever, or you’re stuck in the old catch-22 that you can’t get a job without experience (but you can’t get experience without a job), don’t look at a too-short resume as a drawback. It can actually be a huge advantage over other job hunters. You have room to go into detail about your accomplishments and experiences. For example, don’t just list “managed 15 projects from start to finish”, you have room to get into the details of those projects and what “managed” really means, whether that includes controlling the budget, managing people, developing schedules and timelines, and so on.

Also, include any volunteer experience you may have. Volunteer work says a lot about a candidate and can go a long way, especially if the skills you used or learned are relevant to the job you want. Plus, volunteering can help you learn the skills employers want. If you’re unemployed or looking for new work, volunteering at nights or on weekends can be a fast track to a better job. For more resume-bolstering tips, hit the link below.

From One Paragraph to One Page: How to Beef Up Your Resume [The Daily Muse via Idealist Careers]


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