Creating a Resume to Reach your Career Goals

iStock_000022923354SmallWhether you are looking for a job or happy with your current employer, it is a good idea to keep your resume up-to-date.  You can find many expert tips searching the Internet as well as advice from friends and family – everyone will have an opinion.  What should you do then?  Take in all the advice and create a resume that works for you and your career goals.

When I was searching for a job last year, I shared my resume with many people from recruiters to friends and family.  And yes, everyone had their own opinion. I took all that helpful (and sincerely appreciated) advice and made updates to my resume where needed.  When job seekers come to Goodwill, here are a few guidelines or suggestions our Job Placement team share:

Resume Tips
1. There really are no rules
2. Ask yourself “how is it working for me so far am I getting interviews?”
3. Think of your resume as a work of art
4. Emphasize your skills and accomplishments, not your age
5. Put yourself in the shoes of the reader
6. Lead with your strengths

If you are interested in learning more, Goodwill is offering a free class to the public on Resume/Interview Tips based on its work with area employers on the following dates:

–  Summit County at Goodwill Service Center at 570 E. Waterloo Road:  May 6, 7 and 10 at 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

–  Ashland County at Goodwill, 1611 Claremont Ave in Ashland: May 8 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

–  Richland County at Goodwill, 2154 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield/Ontario: May 9 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

To register for one of these free classes call Goodwill at 800-989-8428.

For other helpful tips on working with your resume, review the following links:

–          Four key elements of a resume and additional tips from OhioMeansJobs

–          Top FAQs on creating a resume

–          Tips to creating a concise resume

Take all the free advice you can and keep focused on your career goals. Your resume will be a working document so always keep it up-to-date and in line with your goals. 

Jennifer Bako