Amanda E. Clark of Grammar Chic, Inc. explores how the new year is reshaping resume formats and transforming the job searching process.
Largo, MD -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/29/2014 -- The job search process is one that has continued to evolve over the years, especially with advances in technology. And so it only makes sense that resumes would continue to change as well. What worked for job seekers 10 years ago, or even five years ago, may not work as well today. That is why Amanda E. Clark, president and editor-in-chief of Grammar Chic, Inc., encourages people to rethink how they are presenting themselves to potential employers.
“Your resume and cover letter are often the first impression that a hiring manager gets of who you are and what you have to offer,” says Clark. “If they are outdated and not tailored to today’s standards, you may be hurting your chances of landing the job.”
According to an article on Business News Daily, a study conducted by Accountemps reveals that “nearly half of employed workers said it’s been at least five years since they last looked for a new job. That includes 30 percent who say they haven’t conducted a job search in more than a decade.” Clark explains that things have certainly changed in this time and candidates want to make sure that they are presenting a polished, up-to-date resume that aligns with what employers are looking for.
Job seekers will find that the practice of including an objective on their resume is now considered outdated and employers are looking for a strong summary of qualifications and core competencies instead. They know that the applicant wants the job, but this will tell them why the person is qualified to get it. This section should highlight the candidate’s key strengths and abilities and what they can bring to the position.
When sharing their experience, candidates should make sure to highlight their accomplishments, including metrics. If they decreased overhead or increased efficiency in their previous position, then by how much? Content should focus on action and results. What did they do, how did they do it, and what did it accomplish? Leave off the generic duties that are expected of everyone.
Also, they should have a cover letter that complements their resume. It should be no more than one page in length and highlight specific qualifications for the position. “You don’t want your cover letter to rehash your entire resume,” explains Clark. “It should enhance the content of the resume by focusing on two or three key strengths that you possess that align with the job opening.” In addition, after interviewing for a position, candidates should email a personalized yet formal thank you note to follow up.
Finally, job candidates should make sure that they are using social media to boost their efforts. Their profile should accurately reflect their professional strengths and capabilities and show that they are active in the industry. Start engaging with companies and leaders in the field and making meaningful contributions. Build an online presence that supports professional knowledge and experience.
The professionals at Grammar Chic, Inc. are prepared to help job seekers craft their resume to meet these changing trends and more. Individuals who are interested in learning more about the services provided by Chic Resumes by Grammar Chic, Inc. are invited to call (803) 831-7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ABOUT Chic Resumes
Chic Resumes is a division of Grammar Chic, Inc., a full-service literary consultancy that provides writing and editing services to a diverse clientele. Led by President and Editor-In-Chief Amanda E. Clark, Grammar Chic's team offers its expertise to job seekers looking for positions in virtually any industry and at every level. Through continual research and the ability to identify key industry expectations, the Chic Resumes team is able to craft documents that effectively communicate the experiences, skills, and accomplishments of diverse clients. Interested individuals are invited to follow Chic Resumes on Facebook and on Twitter (@ChicResumes). Additionally, they can visit http://www.professionalresumewriters.net.
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