Employment Gaps In The Dream Job

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n addition to employment gaps, there may be a few other obstacle that you feel are standing between you and your dream job. These obstacles may include being overqualified, under-qualified, over the age of 40 or a sudden change in your career. These problems can all be solved within your resume, enabling you to still get that interview at your dream job.

Overqualified
An employer is reluctant to hire an overqualified job candidate for a few reasons. These reasons include quitting as soon as a better job offer comes along, wanting a large salary or resenting your less qualified supervisors. While none of this may be true, employers do not want to take that chance.

If you feel that being overqualified for jobs is the reason your phone
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Employers may receive hundreds or even thousands of resumes for the job in which you are applying. Hiring managers will either scan each resume or a computer program will do the job for them. Either way, within a few seconds your resume will either be considered or passed over. This is why it is so essential to use the important keywords a hiring manager or computer program will be looking for.

The first step is to take a close look at the job that you are applying to. What keywords are used in the description or requirements of the job? What duties are listed? What computer programs or heavy equipment training are needed? What skills do you have that match the job description or requirements? Make a list of these keywords.

The second step is to add these keywords into your skills summary section. List computer programs by name, any special licenses you hold which are relevant or any certifications. These are the keywords that a hiring manager will be looking for when scanning resumes. Remember, if it was important enough to add into the job description or requirements of the job posting, then it is important enough to add to your resume.

The third step is to add remaining keywords throughout your resume. Do not be afraid to use a keyword more than one time if you know it is important. Also try using other forms of the word or
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You can keep a “master resume” on your computer, but adjust it for each job that you will be applying for. Remember to change the objective, add and change keywords and update your skill list to highlight skills relevant to each position.

Along with using a different resume for each job, be sure to keep your resume current. You always want your resume to reflect current trends and technology. Do not miss out on a job opportunity because you did not take the time to update your current knowledge.

Do not use too many fonts or font colors when typing your resume. Your resume should be the same font throughout with only the headings, your name and jobs in bold. Do not use all capital letters, italics or underline for a large group of text. The font should be an easy to read font such as Arial or Times New Roman. A hiring manager may skip right over your resume if it is not visually appealing.

Your resume should be 1-2 pages long. Not so long ago it was common thought that a resume should all fit onto one page. This is no longer the case. If your resume can fit onto one page, great! But do not leave out any important information to make that one page cut off. Two pages is acceptable. Any longer than two pages and most hiring managers will skip over

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