Throughout the course of your job search you will unwittingly make mistakes. You are probably already familiar with the little and easily fixable reasons job seekers mess up, such as dressing inappropriately and not editing resumes and cover letters. However, a mistake often overlooked, is how readable your resume is to a stranger.
More often than not, your potential employer will be a stranger. They will also probably be inundated with resumes from other equally qualified job seekers. For these reasons, the top third of your resume needs to make an immediate impact and inform the employer of what you want to do. Marc Cenedella with TheLadders.com suggests, “Print out your resume. Take the top third and rip it off. Hand it to somebody you don’t know. Can they tell you, without asking you any additional questions, what you want to do next?”
For too many job hunters, the answer is no. This is because you’re trying to do too many things with the top third of your resume. The person who’s reading the resume is trying to find out only one thing: Do you have what it takes to fill the position?
Your prospective employer knows that you want the job, but why? Is this something you’ve done before? If so, did you like it? Do you want to do it again?
It may seem obvious to you why you want this kind of job, but your prospective employer is probably a stranger. It’s very important to make your resume clear to people who don’t know you.
“Show them, at the very top of your resume, what job you want. If they can’t tell, by reading the top-third of your resume, what you want to do next, then you’re never going to get to the next step,” says Marc.
The top third of your resume is arguably the most important part. The talent acquisition team at Menlo Partners Staffing is happy to answer your questions about recruiting, temporary staffing, and workforce management. Contact our office today, Menlo Partners Staffing, a Redwood City based temp agency at (650)752-6193.
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