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Tips for job Winning Resume in a Bad Economy

When creating a resume, the applicant has to assure that their resume will not only impress the recruiter in standard economic circumstances, but also in bad ones. A bad economical situation can lead to a low employment market, and few job interviews. Also a bad economy represents more applicants and few positions available, the competition being fierce. As a result, when called for an interview, the applicant has to have a professional and efficient resume so that their resume can stand out among thousands of resumes and increase chances to obtain a job. Here are some tips on how to create a job winning resume in a bad economy.


The first thing an applicant can do is to customize the section headings, education, skills or work history to the job they are applying for. The applicant can tailor the title of every section in their resume. This small change in the resume will definitely make the employer observe and distinguish it from other resumes. The second change the applicant can try is to add a short description of education and valuable skills at the beginning of the resume. It is better to highlight the information directly and not to make the employer search it. Also, by doing this, the applicant can show the employer their impressive qualifications and can emphasize on career achievements.

The applicant also has to be careful when adding experience, education or skills to prioritize them. For example, they should add the most impressive and important ones first. This way, the employer can see relevance of the candidate's achievements to the job that they are applying for. The relevance of the candidate's qualifications is one of the most requested information by the employers so it is good to highlight it.

When adding the achievements and responsibilities to a resume, the applicant has to be careful to use action words. This offers the employer an overview of the applicant's previous positions, and they can understand easily the applicant's job experience and qualifications. The applicant also has to be careful when describing responsibilities and achievements. When editing the resume, the candidate can research the company (the company's mission, vision and objectives) so that career expectations match the company's. Make sure to follow the instruction which was given in the job advertisement and create your resume in the same pattern and provide all the information as requested. For example if a potential employer asks for a salary history and your resume does not have that information, then the possibility is that your resume will be in the reject pill rather than being on the employers desk no matter how perfectly qualified a candidate you are.

To spice the resume, be specific, clear and use attractive language, especially when adding skills and responsibilities. For example, instead of writing "written communication skills" the candidate can replace it and write "By replacing the superfluous language with rhetoric on the company's website the online sales increased with 25%." Also instead of writing "experience in customer service" one can add "due to the implementing of a customer relation program, the customer satisfaction increased with 20 %."

A good resume in a bad economy has to be accurate, succinct and cannot have grammatical mistakes or misspelled words. Proofread your resume twice before sending it to the organization. It is like throwing away everything despite being the best person for the job. That is why the candidate has to be concise and to use action words when describing his skills, responsibilities or experience; he has to check carefully for mistakes and has to customize resume so that it fits the employer's requirements.

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