- The basics of resume writing haven't changed much over time, but the process of getting a job has. Resume Writing for the Real World was designed to help you update an old process for the realities of your current job search. By using additional sections in your resume to express your skills and experience, using keywords in the right place, and by not overlooking the resume basics, you are positioned to outshine your competition and get the job you want.
Here are two points to remember which will help to keep you sane throughout the job search process. First, your resume is subjective. You can ask five people for resume advice and you will get seven different answers. So while customizing your resume, follow the guidelines set forth in the course, but remember they are just guidelines and not laws never to be broken. Second, your resume will not get you a job. It hasn't happened in the history of resume writing, not once.
The purpose of your resume is to get you the job interview, while the interview will get you the job. If you have stuck with me all the way through, you know my favorite quote is luckiest are the prepared, and my purpose in this video course was to sufficiently prepare you to be positioned to get the interview that will ultimately get you the job you want. For additional assistance with your resume or your career in general, you can access career content and tools to help you advance in your career. Of course, LinkedIn is full of great courses like this one, as well as career related articles and resources.
So rather than wish you luck, I'll say congratulations on completing this course and I predict much success.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the 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 large 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.