Resume Success: Reading Job Listings Carefully

Many job seekers mistakenly believe there is some sort of resume secrets knowing which will necessarily help you get any kind of job. However, there is no magic about resume writing. There are no secrets that can turn a terribly written CV into a highly professional piece of writing. Every knowledgeable career advisor or resume writing specialist will assure those resume secrets don't exist; what does exist and can change your CV is hard work and specific resume writing procedures. These are not hidden from the public; pretty much everyone can get access to the practical tips that will help you improve your chances of being hired. Today we would like to talk about one very important resume writing procedure - reading job listings.

How Can Job Listing Information Help Me?

We have written many times about how important it is to be reader-oriented when writing your resume. In other words, you have to choose only information that would be considered relevant by the one reading it (that is hiring authorities). How can one know what kind of information would the hiring authorities want to see on a resume? It is really simple: employers say what they are looking for (thus saying what they are interested in) in job listings they post online. All you have to do is to read job openings carefully, analyze, and then develop your resume on the basis of your analysis. job_huntMost of the listings contain all information job seekers need in order to develop an effective resume. It all starts with the About Company section where employers explain in one paragraph what their company is all about. The perfect place to utilize this information is a cover letter. There you can demonstrate that you are aware of the company's philosophy and can relate to it (i.e. be a good match). In the different sections, you can often find out specific details of the offered employment knowing which will help you avoid asking unnecessary questions during an interview meeting (thus, demonstrating you didn't do your homework). Obviously, the sections that deserve most of your time and attention are job description and qualification requirements. They basically are the answer to the question, "What do I need to include into my resume in order to generate the interest of those reading it". Pay close attention to what is required for the position: skills, experience, specific educational credentials. These things have to stand out in your resume. You don't have to copy-paste the job requirements to your CV or cover letter completely; you just have to demonstrate that you are a good match by highlighting relevant skills and experience. It is important to notice details as well as the key points of the job listing. So read it carefully and then write your resume.

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