Is resume writing an art or a science? Really, it is a little bit of both. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico knows a thing or two about employment, since the organization has been helping people in our state find jobs and improve their job skills since 1941. Here, I’ll apply some Goodwill wisdom and suggest some best practices when it comes to crafting your perfect resume to land you the job of your dreams.
The resume is the cornerstone of a successful job search. Despite so many applications being submitted online, most employers still look for an attractive and well written resume from every potential employee. So- what works? First of all, remember that this is your first chance to impress your future employer! You should always display confidence that you’ll get the job done. Think of it this way, your potential employer has a need that must be filled. Use language and present yourself as the solution to that problem. Make sure that you communicate that you are a team player who is ready to start contributing form day one!
In addition to confidence, make sure that your resume is relevant. When you’re taking a seat at your computer to write your resume, you’re going to have to decide what to include. Here are some basics that tend to go over well with most employers:
You don’t necessarily have to include all of these to create the best resume for your unique skill sets and the position that you want, but all of these can be worthwhile in the right context.
The last key strategy for finding the perfect job for you in New Mexico is to use some “power words” in your resume. You can find lots of information on effective verbs to use in your written materials and in your interview through online databases, but across the board these words tend to reflect leadership and managerial skills (think words like management, development, and knowledge). Incorporate these words, but just remember, you don’t need too many- resumes between 600 and 700 words in length usually are rated highest by employers.
If you need help finding a job in New Mexico, remember that Goodwill is more than just a thrift store. You can find resources there that will boost your appeal to employers in all sorts of fields. Get in touch with a local Goodwill representative for more advice in your job hunt. Now get out there and get your dream job, tiger!
About The Author
Maggie Grimason is a blog writer living in Albuquerque, NM. She grew up in a family of social servants and teachers in northern Indiana and finds that blogging for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico satisfies creative energies as well as her commitment to ethical living and community service.