From Resume Blues to Interviews

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As anyone around here will tell you, it's never the wrong time to heed some practical advice about revamping your resume. JVSWorks welcomes guest contributor Sherilyn Shamoiel of JVS WoMentoring Program. Shamoiel who works with both WoMentoring participants and with students at the Pasadena City College Career Center.

Schools are back in session, summer is ending, and it’s time to get back on the job market.

So where do you start?

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Start with the basics – your resume.  For many people, the job search process, specifically writing a resume, is a scary and challenging experience.  But don’t worry.  JVS can help you turn your resume blues into interviews!  Follow these tips to get your resume in application shape.

  • Prioritize Your Resume: Employers spend approximately 15 to 30 seconds looking at a resume.  For this reason, it is important to prioritize the information and present it in a clear and easy way to read.  Add most relevant information at the top of the page and work your way down.  Use headings, bolding, capitals, and bullet points to emphasize sections of your resume and highlight key points.
  • Create Multiple Resumes:  In order to strengthen your resume, have several versions.  Target each resume to the position you are applying to by using keywords from the job description and industry you are applying to.  You don’t need to put all of your experiences on your resume.  For a stronger resume, only add relevant experience and highlight your transferable skills.
  • Proofread Your Resume:  Before sending your resume to an employer, proofread, proofread and proofread again!  Then have another person read through your resume to look for any grammatical or spelling errors.  Remember, first impressions count, and typos don’t impress!

JVS is dedicated to helping people overcome barriers to employment in order to find stable jobs and support their families.  For more tips on writing your resume or for help with your job search, please visit our website or visit one of our WorkSource centers.