Re-entering the Workforce: Resume Tips

By Steve Currier, Job Development at Operation ABLE

Are you looking to get back into the workforce after retirement or interested in switching careers? If so, then writing a strong resume is a perfect way to display your skills and experience to potential employers. A resume is often the first impression a potential employer has of you and it can show that you have what it takes to excel in your desired field.

Why is a resume important?

A resume is a summary of your job, internship and volunteer experiences. These experiences are important to be considered for a position in a new company.

When you apply for a position, you are competing with other people for the same job. To compete effectively for a position, a well-crafted resume is vital in the hiring process.

Are there any specific rules or guidelines for creating a resume?

A few rules do apply when creating a resume. Some employers will not review resumes if they do not follow certain guidelines. Here are a few guidelines:

  • A resume should not be over two pages long. Regardless of the number of positions you may have held, it is best to limit the number of pages to two.
  • Under each job description, list three or four bullets of your job responsibilities. List the responsibilities that were the most important in that job, and any accomplishments you achieved.
  • Do not list any references on the resume. This is relatively a new concept in the last few years. If and when the job interviews go well, then a hiring manager will ask for references, and that is the time that you should supply them.

How should I submit a resume?

There are three ways to submit a resume for a job that you would like to apply for:

1. Email a copy of your resume to the company with an attached cover letter to the appropriate hiring manager that is listed on the job site. A cover letter is a tool to help introduce yourself in a memorable, personal way during a job application.

2. Submit an online application to the company by following their specific guidelines. Online resumes now are very common and in fact, many companies may ask you so submit an online instead of emailing a copy of your resume.

3. Send your resume by mail to the company with an attached cover letter stating the job that you are interested in.

How can I receive help with my resume?

Join a career center and connect with a career counselor. A career counselor can work with you on your resume and give you valuable tips and tricks to make your resume shine.

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