We get it: you may not be in the market yet for a job. Maybe you already have a job. Or maybe you’re still in college, and you’re focused on your studies. So the last thing you think of is making sure your resume is prepared. In a way, you might even hope your resume will prepare itself somehow.
Your resume is a selling tool – Simply a list of your skills and job duties. It’s a profile of your entire professional career from the ground up – not simple paragraphs or bullets stating what you want in a job, what you’ve done before, and/or the degree or certificate stating that you’re qualified. Your resume is your future, not your past.
Still, there’s the always-present question: why do people always seem to “wait until the last minute” to get their documents prepared when that job opportunity does present itself?
We’ve all done it before: we walk into a store or establishment, and they have their readymade applications with all the lines. You fill it out with everything:
- Contact Information
- Work History
It’s fairly cut and dry, easy, clean, mechanical. Those employers look for the basic information, clear-cut references that show you are indeed a normal human being and not an automaton.
You can actually fill out these applications in minutes if necessary. As long as you have all the information memorized or readily available, filling out an application is a snap!
But a resume is not an “application.” A resume rolls all that information up and packages it with the statement that you’re not only “qualified” but also esteemed in your field. You’re at the top of the list.
You better be, given many employers receive anywhere between 50 to 100 “applications” (or even more) every month. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a crapshoot when these employers pick out possible candidates based off the applications.
But when you’re dealing with resumes, it’s a competition. And you have to stand out.
A sharp resume doesn’t pour out of your word processor, for sure. We here at Vertical Media Solutions won’t produce a quality resume overnight either. We focus on superior quality to achieve satisfaction.
It takes research, development, and poignant creativity. That’s why resume writing is a detailed craft. In a way, it’s almost an art form.
Think about it: top-notch employers offering the best jobs will simply glean over the cookie-cutter copied documents, the ones that look so similar with all the trite and overused language they’re so used to seeing –
- “Fast Learner”
There are a million other keywords. Every run-of-the-mill resume has them. How would an employer find the very best candidate?
The resumes that clearly show value, of course. And the ones that stand out take intense preparation.
Prepare Yourself Ahead of Time
We’re heading up to a new year. New opportunities will become available – whether you’re currently in a job and looking for an update to transition toward a higher pay and benefits, or you’re still in college waiting to finish your degree. It doesn’t matter:
You want to be prepared for when opportunity shows up. Because if you’re not, the most prepared candidate won’t be you. It will be someone else.
Don’t kick yourself, instead contact the professionals at Vertical Media Solutions at 616-631-4300. Be sure to check us out at http://vmsolu.com as well. Get prepared.