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Hate Your Job?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: September 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

But you’re afraid to start looking for a new one given the poor hiring pace?

The thing to do if you’re getting burned out at your current position is to start making moves, no matter how small, toward a new one.  And that means being prepared.

First, you need to look at the opportunities in your industry or those that you can transition to if your type of job is being outsourced or downsized. With that information, you need to take a hard look at your resume. How long has it been since you’ve updated it? A year? Two? Three? More?

The Time to Update Your Resume is Now

Even if it’s been no more than six months, you need to add the ‘wow’ factor to your resume so that new employers take notice.

What is the ‘wow’ factor?

1. A qualifications summary that tells the hiring manager instantly how you’re the perfect candidate for that particular position. No generic, one-size-fits all data will do here. You need to dovetail whatever it is you do to precisely what the employer wants.

2. A strong career accomplishments section with quantified data. It’s not enough to boast that you’re a hard worker and you’ve never missed a day on the job. That’s what your boss expects. You need to go beyond that to how you either made your company money or saved it money. Include dollar figures or percentages and time periods. If you made a million dollars for your company over a 10-year period, it doesn’t have as much weight or ‘wow’ as if you did the same thing within eight months of hire.

3. A professional experience section that includes only that information pertinent to the job you’re seeking. Perhaps you’ve seesawed between accounting and retail management. If you’re going back to accounting, don’t showcase the retail management experience. Remember, the employer is looking for someone who’s a perfect fit.

It’s never too soon for you to look for your next opportunity. Polish your resume, give it the ‘wow’ factor and make certain it showcases you as the ideal candidate.

That way if you’re unhappy at your current position, you’ll be able to send your resume out to new companies immediately.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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