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I have seen countless numbers of people, including the students at the institution where I am currently the Director of Placement Services, come to my office and frustratingly ask me why they are not getting hired even though they go to countless interviews and have filled large numbers of employment applications.

Usually the first thing that I ask them is to see their resume, and it never fails that eventually I come across someone who does not have one.

Resumes are crucial in today's market and they must be up to date, easy to follow and must list important facts and qualifications if you want to be noticed and secure an interview.

Your resume should or rather must have your contact information clearly posted and visible such as your telephone, your email. We recommend not to incorporate your address since we have seen some individuals being discriminated due to where they live mostly due to a concern surrounding traveling distance.

Another factor to consider is to evaluate yourself; ask yourself what are you, in other words what do you do for a living; a teacher, a plumber an H.V.A.C technician and so on. Whatever title you decide better describes your area of expertise is what you should include in the resume right below your name and usually in bold;

John Doe

Social Services Professional with over 12 years of experience

This brings your expertise to the immediate attention of the hiring manager if your expertise is something that the job requires and it makes it easier to catalog you.

Also recommended is to read your resume carefully and highlight or embolden qualifications that pertain to the job or the position that you are applying for such as; type 60 words per minute and very experienced in using Excel if you were applying for a clerical position.

Your resume should also contain any skills that might be usable or applicable toward the position; such as mastery of the English language or fluent in Spanish for example if you were to be applying for a position that deals with Hispanic clientele or requires good reading and writing skills. When detailing your skills include and bold those that apply to the position and don't forget to mention any volunteering that you have done that can be relevant to the position such as teaching employability skills to others at my local church.

Not to be overlooked are your interviewing skills; do you dress appropriately and how do you appear when being interviewed such as appearing nervous or relaxed, fidgety or at ease. Do you have a strong handshake and maintain eye contact and what questions do you ask when prompted by the hiring manager. Consider doing some basic research about the company.

This shows that you are interested in the position not just looking for a job just to pay the bills; in other words you must show that you are willing to grow with the company not just leave them at the first instance that something better comes along.

Remember that companies put up training and other expenses when training a new member of their staff and they want someone who will be with them for the long run.

It is not a bad idea to ask the person who has just interviewed you if they would be willing to contact you if you are not chosen for the position and share the reasons for not hiring you.

Tell them that their input and advice will be useful in the future and you welcome it. You will be surprised by how many hiring managers will actually follow through and honestly share their impressions and the reasons of why you were not hired.

Don't' go into an interview and appear desperate, your skills and confidence should speak for themselves. Also good is never to tell the interviewer that you will do anything, take any job and any salary. This sounds odd and its a sign of desperation. Instead emphasize why your skills and experience make you a good candidate and that you are willing to let your work speak on your behalf.

One of the best answers I have ever heard an applicant say to why he should be hired was "if you can find someone who can do the job better, has more skills and experience than I do, then hire them instead." He was ultimately hired.

Don't be disappointed by their remarks, take them as a learning experience which can only make you a better prospect down the road by modifying any behaviors or working in improving any areas on which you may be deficient. Many hiring managers will take your request as a good sign and if has often been the key that has made them take a second look at you.

If you find that your qualifications seem to be above the requirements for the position, make sure to explain that you are willing to start at a lower skill level because it is your intention to grow and advance yourself through your efforts. Many hiring managers are weary of hiring anyone who is overqualified since most people will leave the job when something else presents itself and the company would have wasted all of their effort and training dollars on you.

Other factors to evaluate is your email address. Is it a good email name or the one that you use for personal reason such as a more appropriate johndoe@yahoo.com or a less appropriate Susybrowneyes@yahoo.com. Think of how you would react upon seeing a funny, odd sounding or worst email address on an application.

If you have references make sure to include this fact in the resume but do not actually list them or provide them until you are asked. Not to be included are any personal information such as birthday, age, religious and sexual inclinations or number of children or relationship status.

These are not only inappropriate but illegal to ask by any employer and can be detrimental if included since many hiring managers will immediately discard any resume with such information as a way of protecting themselves against any discrimination action.

Employment agencies can be a valuable source of leads, but familiarize yourself with their terms. Many will charge you and the employer a fee and some can even prevent you from seeking another position with any other agency or from accepting an offer from the employer directly.

Finally, there are many sites that you can use to look for jobs. One of the best are the many workforce sites provided for and maintained by each state through an independent agency.

The jobs postings are always verified, it shows you how many people with the same skills are available in your area, the average salary, required skills & education, it cannot result in any expenditure of money by the applicant even if the job opening is posted through an employment agency and can offer any employer who hires you through it federal and state tax incentives which can prove to be a valuable asset in you employment search.

Plus local offices are staffed by social services professionals who can help with the job search as well as assist you with a myriad of other services.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

And there I thought you were a photographer! You totally amaze me. Even as an "adult" I found this really helpful. I update mt resume frequently but I usually eave out my title, I guess because it usually changes with each position. But I do realize that even though the job title changes, mu skills remain the same so I should be able to define myself in a title.......did that make any sense?


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Ania L 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Good set of tips for people looking for a job.

What I can add from my experience is that it's best to learn what works and what doesn't in certain countries and sectors.

I moved to UK and had trouble to get an interview secured at first, then I realised that my CV was simply too brief for UK market. They like a lot of details as they judge a person based on this alone. Usually when a person is invited for a interview, she/he has to only live up to the expectations made by her/his resume.

It also depends on the sector, if someone has no work experience than what he/she did at school might be very valuable. However if a person has 10 years of commercial experience, the fact they had A from science in secondary school is totally irrelevant and looks silly.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Cardisa: I'm a man of many talents, for the last 12 years I have been involved in the career placement field as a career placement specialist, career counselor and currently director of placement services and yes it made sense and the tittle option is something that has been gaining acceptance in the last couple of years.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Ania L: You are right, each country or even each region has its own set of variants and best to learn them prior to job hunting


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sam3m 5 years ago from New York

an excellent, comprehensive hub giving great information.

i might add some experiences to the resume' which might catch the interviewer's attention, like Boy Scout work, coaching Little League, etc. in case the interviewer has had similar experiences.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

sam3m: thank you, those would fall under volunteer activities and they can be good tools to include in a resume.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I find I am either overqualified for most of the jobs that are available or they are in fields I know nothing about.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great advice, especially in such a tough economy. I felt that I got pretty good advice in my education program about preparing a resume, but I know that many programs do not offer this.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

randomcreative: Thank you, not all systems are created equal and the same advice may not be right for everyone


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

cbarnali: Thank you


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Luis, I am always looking for part time supplemental income and everything and anything helps, thanks Cred2


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Credence2: Thank you, glad to help


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Crizzy Becham 5 years ago from Texas

Once you hired then you are happy once the HR told you, we will call you then its 50/50, but when she/he says your not qualify what is the proper gestures to do? just simply smile it means that you will have a better job ahead, just wait for the right time, I know that it takes long but you worth it. TRUST ME!


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Crizzy Becham: Thank you


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Aceblogs 5 years ago from India

great set of tips given by you , i myself had faced a miserable time looking out for a job when i had completed my post graduation . but now hopefully well settled


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Aceblogs: Thank you , good luck


tinac43 5 years ago from Georgia

Advice worth having and sometimes it hurts but we have to learn or relearn skills or how to act at an interview. I know that I get nervous at interviews and it is understandable but do not act too nervous. Do not fidget, keep eye contact without staring at the interviewer, and try not to stutter. Be professional and showcase yourself. I wish someone could look at my resume and give me tips on how to improve it but given my finances at this time I cannot do so. I have not given up the fight I will continue to apply for jobs I know I am qualified for and have the skills and experience to back it up. Thanks for all the advice.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

tinac46: Thank you: Part of what I do is to look at our student's resumes and evaluate them. I will be happy to look at yours so if you wish you may email it to me.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Very helpful advice. In March of this year almost a year unemployed after a layoff, and at 60 years old I felt that I would be the last considered for any employment.

I can't stress revising ones resume tailoring it for each interview. Also dress is very important. I'm still remembered by the outfit I wore when hired at my current post.

I followed tips on "What Not to Wear" regarding how to dress for my age and body type. Not only is it important to dress to make an impression, but to lift your self confidence.

I work for a large corporation, love my job, I make less money than in my previous profession, but I'm working from home and very happy.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

pmccray: Thank you and good for you. It's nice to feel good in the mornings when you wake you and know that you have a good job waiting for you.


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greatparenting 4 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

Really helpful hub. I'm not seeking a job but my 27-year-old daughter has been looking for a permanent teaching job for 4 years.She's had long-term stints but so far the permanent job is elusive, despite the fact that principals and colleagues always tell her what a fantastic educator she is. This year she had to per diem sub and that is surely demoralizing! I try to help her think of ways to improve her resume or interview performance but she really believes they are not the problem and who knows? Maybe she's right. I'm sending her to your hub. Maybe something will click. Thanks!


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

greatparenting: That seems very odd, teachers are always in demand and 4 years is too long. It could be because of subject area or other factors. For example Miami Dade Public School System is always in need of qualified teachers.

Have someone critique her resume or email it to me and I will share my opinion. Subing can be a bit depressing but it often leads to more permanent work.


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misshill 4 years ago from United States

Good information and tips; I will bookmark this one.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

misshill: Thank you


Douglas 4 years ago

Thank u for your open heart to advice


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bryanbaldwin 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Good helpful tips for today's job market. Thank you.

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