When you think about writing a resume, the first thing you begin with is your name. Not much thought goes into this aspect of the resume but your name and your location are considered by employers so they should be thought about by you, the resume writer. If you want to write a resume for the real world you will need to pay attention to a few overlooked details.
- Every resume has basic requirements it needs to meet, the most basic of which is your name and location, so in this video, we're going to start there. What's in a name? Well, I won't comment on the ethics or lack thereof of discriminating based upon someone's name. We do live in the real world, so if you know you have a name that is difficult to pronounce, ethnically obvious, or just plain strange, there are a few things you can do should you choose to do something about it.
On a resume, you can use an initial. Rather than my full name of Stacey Gordon, I could go with S. Gordon. In regions like the UAE, there are jobs that are assigned based upon your gender, and in that region of the world, you will need to make it obvious if you are male or female. So if your name is Jamie, but your middle name is Brian, you might want to include your middle name so that you don't leave a recruiter guessing. And while we're on the subject of where you live, your location can be a make-or-break factor when it comes to landing an interview.
Have I looked at the address of a candidate and made the determination not to call that candidate because the commute would be too far? I will neither confirm nor deny, but to avoid being initially bypassed, rather than list your full address, use the city and state only. This works well in large cities, because it won't be possible to pinpoint which part of the city you live in, and before you get all judgey about whether or not that's the right thing to do, employers aren't the only one with strict requirements.
I've had candidates tell me they won't work in certain geographic areas, they're not interested in being outside a specific commute radius, or they need to be near a specific area because of family responsibilities. The right job is out there for you, and by customizing your resume, you increase your changes of finding it.
Stacey explains what to include and exclude on a resume and how to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right format, tailoring information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
- Identify where spell check will not catch mistakes.
- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.