There's a lot of competition for finding work right now, and applying for a job is just the beginning. It's important to look good on paper, too.
The hardest part about getting a job is getting that resume to land you a job interview, but then you have to get through the interview.
"I've been thinking quite a bit actually of just going back to school to get my MBA anyway," said Joe Asteriou in a real interview with Kelly Services, the worldwide employers of nearly a half million people.
Joe is in accounting and financials. He just told the interviewer about a job in his past that he liked the most, and so the interviewer asked a tough follow up question -- "Which position would you say that you didn't enjoy the most?"
Joe began to tell him, and then he asked why.
"And just the type of work I was doing, I just didn't really care for it," Asteriou said.
The interviewer told us Joe scored high marks for honesty, but he just admitted that he didn't like he was doing. Normally, that would raise eyebrows in an interview. However, Joe bounced back with this final comment, ending on a positive note.
"I got outstanding experience there that I'll use for the rest of my life," said Asterious.
The interviewer was impressed, so Joe aced the verbal portion of this interview, but his resume was getting no response.
This recruiter for Kelly Services gave him a tip to catch a hiring manager's eye.
"Putting an accomplishments section under each and then doing bullet points under that under each heading," said Arin Hartwell with Kelly Services.
So, for example, list a heading -- maybe "Manager of Special Services" -- and then accomplishments, for instance, "Was able to save the company $2.7-million." That's important to the person reading the resume.
"Not only did you hold a position, but you actually accomplished something while you were there," Hartwell said.
Remember, each resume should be tailored-made for the specific job opening you're trying to grab.