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> Explain how to prepare a resume that makes a job seeker appealing to employers. How does a chronological resume differ from a skills resume? Why should a job seeker choose one type over the other?

> To write an effective resume and job application letter, what would be helpful to know about the company to which you are applying?

> What are some questions you might be asked during an interview? What is the appropriate way to respond to these questions? Have you answered these questions in past interviews? If so, what was the situation, and how did you handle it?

> What can you do to prepare for an interview? What questions might you want to ask the interviewer?

> What might a misspelled word or improper grammar on a resume communicate to a potential employer?

> After completing a written report, what can you do to ensure you have accurate and valuable information?

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APPEALING TO EMPLOYERS:

A resume is the prospective employer's first look at you. Writing an effective resume is paramount in landing the job that you want. There are key pieces to the resume that appeals to employers, but tend to be left out by job seekers. This can be the difference between your resume going into the garbage or the call back pile.

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Do not make your resume too long. Your prospective employer is not looking for a memoir, but a highlight of your abilities he or she can scan over in less than 30 seconds. Your resume should be between one to two pages to appeal to an employer.

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Go easy on the eyes by using a font that is at least 12 point and don't get fancy. Employers are not looking for pretty resumes. They want effective and to the point resumes with fonts that are readable. Make the resume look professional. This can be done with spacing and organization on the page. The ability to organize a resume on the page to make if flow will help the person reading it take in your information. It also speaks unconsciously about your skills.

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Hit them with a succinct career objective at the beginning of your resume. Don't write about your dream job. Don't use unnecessary words.

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Summarize your qualifications for the job in your resume. Make sure this pops out in your resume. If you are not able to convey your qualifications then an employer is not going to read your resume.

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Make your resume read like a verb. A verb is about action. Show the employer through your resume what you accomplished. Using action words and goal oriented language is effective. The employer wants to know that you have the ability to achieve. Use specific examples from previous work or experience that shows your performance.

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Along with the action of the resume you want outcome. Make sure to include what your work produced. The employer wants to see that you are unique, that you can achieve, and that your work for them will produce good results. The best way is to show them through prior experience. Generally speaking, you cannot say, "hire me and you'll see...." You need to show it in the resume.

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Do not include every job you have had in your resume. If you are looking for a Paralegal or Legal Assistant job then your work in food service is not necessary. Only write what is pertinent to the job you are seeking. You can include knowledge, skills or abilities from past employment not directly related to the job you are seeking in your summary of qualifications as long as it is related.

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Have someone proofread your resume. ...

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A CEO is preparing for an interview of a candidate for the position of Chief Human Resource Officer reporting to him. You have been hired as a consultant for the CEO to assist him with the selection process. You have asked the CEO to review the resume of the candidate and make notes of his observations, thoughts and questions he wants to ask. Following is the list prepared. What are your concerns about the list provided and which, if any, are the questions you would suggest are good ones to ask.

Observation: WOW! She went to the same university as I did - that's a plus!

Observation: I wonder if she has children - I'll need to follow up on that.

Question I'll ask: Since you have been a CHCO at our competitor, please describe what steps you took in your strategic planning process.

Observation: Oh - I remember my sister worked for the same organization, and she didn't like it there. That is not a good reflection on the HR practices.

Question I'll ask: Given the possible situation of a unionization attempt, how would she strategize to keep the company non union?

Note to self: I'll need to tell her all about my family, my personality and my management style so she will want to come here to work.

Question I'll ask: Have you been arrested of a crime related to embezzlement or other white collar crime?

Question I'll ask: Can you tell me of a success you had in gauging employee engagement?

Question I'll ask: What would you suppose you would implement if we were having a higher turnover than we would like in our customer service staff?

Observation: She had a gap in her time at her last job - I'd better not ask about that because it may have been for pregnancy leave.

Observation: Speaking of pregnancy, I need to find out if she plans to have more children because we can't afford for her to be out this next year.

Question I'll ask: Given the changing role in the HR profession, what is she doing to stay current in her HR knowledge and skills? Is she a member of any professional or social organization that is of value to her knowledge?

Thought: If I hire this applicant she will be the only woman on the executive team. I'm not sure I want to create conflicts on the team that having a woman on it would bring.

Thought: Gee, I just noticed the date of graduation on the resume, I think if she is over forty and therefore she will not have good computer skills.

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