How your resume can stand out

July 27, 2009 7:20:13 PM PDT
You know what they say: you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. And when it comes to finding a job, that first impression is usually your resume. So here are some tips to make yours stand out.

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These job seekers know firsthand the importance of a good resume, and some of them unfortunately learned the hard way.

"In certain cases I didn't put enough information about my record and my experience," said Jose Rodriguez of San Jose.

That's why Jose Rodriguez and 20 other students are taking a class on building a good resume. The free class is put on by Work2Future in San Jose.

Instructor Anthony Ramsey warns students to avoid these pitfalls.

"Probably the biggest mistake is absence of statement around job objective and being real clear with regards to what the objective, what type of job you are seeking now," said Ramsey.

Other mistakes include writing resumes with too much information and clutter on one page -- so keep your resume simple and focused. Also make sure to emphasize what makes you qualified for the specific job you're applying for.

Making your resume stand out from the pack may be hard to do.

"I just didn't know where to start. You know what positions to narrow it down. This class has helped me a lot," said Olga Enciso Smith

"You got to sell yourself. First impression is very important, that's the importance of learning different resources to get a job," said Guadalupe Banda.

The key to a good resume is showcasing your qualifications.

"Each of the jobs that you list, you write less in terms of what you're responsible for. More in terms of what you accomplish job by job," said Ramsey.

You can learn skills like this at a job fair sponsored by ABC7 coming up on July 29th at HP Pavilion in San Jose from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of resources will be available to help you find work. About 20 local employers will be on hand looking to hire.

"There will be some high tech agencies, some high end jobs; people that will require college degrees or more. But they're also appropriate for people that gone to community college or high school. It really runs the gamut in terms of jobs that will be available," said Jeff Ruster from Work2Future.

In addition to the job fair, there are numerous job programs around the Bay Area and they're free.

"There will be some high tech agencies, some high end jobs; people that will require college degrees or more. But they're also appropriate for people that gone to community college or high school. It really runs the gamut in terms of jobs that will be available," said Jeff Ruster from Work2Future.

In addition to the job fair, there are numerous job programs around the Bay Area and they're all free.

Related Links:

  • California Employment Development Department
  • Work2Future

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