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Early in the application process, you want your résumé in their hands ...
Get that "Dream Job" - Even in a Recession!

Step 1: Get Your Great Résumé into that Potential Employer's Hands!
Illustration: Susan Stupendous has spotted a job she really wants ... she writes a professional résumé snd is now proofreading it very carefully before she sends it out!
Okay, so you're looking for a job. Or maybe you're looking for a better job. Not unusual these days.

And you found an opening for a job you might like, doing something you might actually enjoy doing, for a new boss that you think might be a great employer.

Since this might be your long-awaited opportunity for that "dream job" you always wanted, you are very anxious to make a great impression ...

First, memorize and internalize this fact:

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Stop right there! Sit still a moment!

Now slowly take 2 or 3 deep breaths, and go back and focus on the red words boldly written in the paragraph above.

Yes, it's true. And yes, that sentence absolutely means exactly what it says!

Got it? Okay. And now that you understand that truth, we're going to show you step-by-step how to make a great first impression at your interview with that prospective employer, and land that Dream Job! Your necessary advance preparation will be discussed in this article.

The Importance of Creating a Great Résumé:
A résumé, no matter how good, will not get you a job by itself. However, an exceptional résumé will attract the attention of the hiring manager and get you a job interview. The purpose of your résumé is to disclose your accomplishments and qualifications to a potential employer.

Then, if the employer likes what she sees, she will contact you for a face to face meeting.

Think of your résumé as a promotional brochure about you. You need to show a potential employer what you have accomplished and where your experiences lie. Your strategy should be to emphasize your unique experience, skillset and aptitude that a particular employer may desperately need.

Consequently, submitting one of 300 identical copies of a "generic" résumé doesn't get it.

If a job is worth pursuing, it's worth taking the time to create a résumé specifically tailored to fit the requirements of that particular job as much as possible, to the best of your understanding.

Your résumé is also an example of your communication and organizational abilities. These are both vital skillsets that tend to be highly valued by most employers. A well done résumé gives them a quick overview of your potential to become a valuable member of their team.

Do It Right, or Don't Bother to Do It At All:
On the other hand, a poorly-prepared (or boring) résumé might get you taken out of the running before it even begins. So if you're too lazy to give it your best effort, don't even bother with creating a résumé. Maybe you can find somebody who is looking for mattress testers.

Much information is readily available about résumés and résumé writing. Some of it may be contradictory, but most of it is useful. Our advice is to find a good book on résumés and learn the fundamentals of résumé writing. Try and stay with the most current material you can, since résumé advice tends to follow trends.

The Internet is home to plenty of free advice and information, but in most cases that information will be less detailed than a good recently published résumé guide. And check the copyright date carefully before you buy that book. If it was published ten years ago, and doesn't have any recent revision dates, it may not be all that useful in today's job market.

Where and How (and When) to Submit Your Résumé
Ideally, you should submit your résumé directly to your scheduled interviewer, and sufficiently in advance of your scheduled interview so your assigned interviewer will have time to read it ... if you already have an interview scheduled. If you don't have an interview scheduled yet, try to find out the name of the person who will be interviewing you (or who is in charge of that particular department). And be sure to include a well-written cover letter to show off your awesome communication skills. Employers prefer to hire people who can communicate effectively. With that in mind, the following page contains detailed tips on how to make that awesome cover letter look and sound totally professional.

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