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Why You Should Update Your Resume While Job Hunting

Most people go for the same routine when job hunting. It's all about finding companies, writing the resumes, and sending application letters with those CVs. When called, the job interview is your chance to seal the deal. However, most people just send out application after application and hoping to get picked for an interview where they believe they can really shine. But did you know that all the pre-interview work is equally important in a job hunt? Specifically, your resume and how you write it will be a huge factor.

How? Consider this: the company's HR never gets to see your face and doesn't know who you are because they haven't talked to you yet. Sometimes you may think that it's better if you just walked in for an interview and submitting your resume all at once, but that would waste a lot of the company's time if every other candidate did it; especially if a lot of them fall short on expectations.

That being said, your resume is your pre-initial-interview interview of sorts. A well written and updated resume can grab the attention of the HR person. In order for your resume to be eye-catching, you should be able to list all the skills you have acquired over the years. Preferably, these skills were developed from previous jobs, where you have thrived before leaving. It is better for your resume to say that you have helped
your previous company before you resigned from your post rather than skills developed from a company that went bankrupt.

It also helps if you choose the skills that are most relevant to the company you're applying for and put them at the top of your list. Companies couldn't care less about skills that won't help them, even if those are your best ones. List as many skills as possible, but take care as to not flood your resume with non-relevant ones.

Similarly, when listing your previous work experience, it's best to put them in chronological order but highlight those that are relevant to the job you're trying to get. The HR department of a company will be able to read between the lines of your resume. For instance, you were managing a bakery in the past. If the open position requires no managerial responsibilities, then your experience as a manager will be void. However, when you already have the job, you may be a good candidate for a team leader.

With that said, while it may take a little time to edit, it is better to have customized curriculum vitae for each application. Since there's no way for them to see your best side before the interview, you can put your best foot forward through editing your resumes.

It's also a good idea to register for online job search engines. Some of them will allow you to put up your resumes. They also allow potential employers to register and look for possible candidates for their companies. You never know. By putting your resume on the internet, it might get picked up by company headhunters and you'll be on your way to a fine job.

Author's Bio:

Marion Wendell is a freelance blogger who loves to write about her experiences in job-hunting back in the day and has been in the job recruitment business for more than five years. Whether looking for simple jobs in Australia or a Singapore banking jobs, she has a wealth of ideas, tips, advice and suggestions to new job-seekers and help them land the job of their dreams.


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