Use your resumé to stand out from the crowd

Web Lead

Developing a presentable, up-to-date resumé with a supporting cover letter is a must, if you are seeking employment. Depending on the size of the business and demand for the job, there may be a large crowd of prospective employees you’re competing with. The three significant areas you need to communicate with a potential employer are your cover letter, resumé and references. So how do you stand out from the crowd? Read these tips below to help make your resumé shine.

There are step-by-step programs available to help you develop a resumé. The Internet and programs that come with your computer are both great resources. Keep in mind that you can book an appointment with one of the employment counsellors at Kootenay Employment Services (KES) who will assist you in developing a resumé that will stand out in the crowd.

The first step is to develop a separate cover letter for each business. You are competing for a position in their company and must prove to them why you are the best candidate. A cover letter lets you explain, in sentence structure, why and how you are the best suited for the job. The sequence of your cover letter should look something like this: your contact information, the company’s contact information, opening sentence, first paragraph explaining what you plan to bring to their organization, second paragraph linking your past experience and how it relates to this new job, third paragraph thanking the employer for their time, a closing line, and your typed name and original signature.

When writing your resumé, try to keep everything on one or two pages. If you have a ton of information that adds up to multiple pages, cut it down to be efficient and only mention previous experience that is relevant to the current job you’re applying for. The first item on your page should be your contact information. Make your name bold. This is your identity and making it prominent will help an employer easily remember it. Try to keep the rest of the font size on the page consistent. Include the following in your resumé: your objective, your skills and previous accomplishments that make you an asset, your previous employment, job descriptions and duties you carried out, any education and certifications you’ve attained, and your references.

The biggest tip to writing a resumé is focus on your presentation. Once you have all of your information on the paper and organized in a flowing structure, make it look good. Put the extra time and effort into making your resumé stand out. You can do this by italicizing, bolding or underlining headings, put borders and sections dividing one set of information from the other or by using bullets to get your point across quickly and efficiently. Just be sure to spend some extra care on your resumé, because it is the main tool that can get you an interview.

One other important item to include on the end of your resumé are your references. These are people who are agreeing to be contacted by your prospective employer to give a description of the type of person you are. Family members may be good references but try to stick with people at arm’s length from you. A great example of a reference would be a previous boss you left on a good note with, who saw your everyday performances and can explain the type of worker you are from an employer’s perspective. Other good candidates for your references could be family friends who have known you for a long period of time. This keeps the relationship issue out of the picture; at the same time, a family friend will know you very well as a person. You should have at least two or three references, either listed on the bottom of your resumé with contact information or at hand with a line stating “references available upon request.”

These tips should help you get a good idea of proper presentation. If you have questions, call KES at 250-428-5655 or stop by the office for help attaining your employment goals.

Just Posted

Two minutes of silence

This year I was very upset when the requisite Two Minutes of Silence was missed/overlooked/forgotten

Disheartening to see the campaign urging Creston voters to say no

Our firefighters have been doing an excellent job within the limitations of their current facilities

Building Unity and Loving One Another

Difficult to understand that the editor has allowed an organization to take a pot shot at the Catholic Church

Creston’s Ralph Heald has been given French’s highest award for his WWII service

Ralph Heald found speaking about his WWII experiences difficult until a successful application for the rank of Knighth of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour unleashed his memories.

Locums help fill medical gaps

The Creston Valley Health Working Group has been successful in recruiting new physicians to the area, but locums are also an importantn piece in a challenging puzzle

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

COLUMN: Taking another look at Kelowna

Columnist Donna Macdonald finds many things to love about the city Nelsonites love to hate

Court adjourned again for man linked to Shuswap farm where human remains found

Curtis Sagmoen will appear back in court on Dec. 14

B.C. family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has noted the New Democrats would decriminalize personal possession of all drugs

Most Read