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Workforce Connections: Resumes and references: A winning combination

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Posted: Monday, July 10, 2006 10:13 am | Updated: 2:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Are employers calling you to set up interviews? If your phone isn’t ringing, then you may need to revive your resume. Adding “new life” to your resume will transform it into an appealing sales tool that entices interviewers to give you a call.

Your resume is your advertisement. In the same way advertisers target their audience, you must target your resume to the job and the employer. Ten tailor-made resumes customized to the position will be more effective than one hundred duplicated resumes.

Avoid the temptation to make your resume a job description. Use accomplishment-driven language that sells. Know your features (your skills and job duties) but sell your benefits (your value). Instead of “multi-tasker,” try “ability to juggle multiple priorities with accuracy.” Every line of your resume should include a benefit, a specific advantage employers will gain by hiring you.

While a winning resume will get you the interview, your references will seal the deal. Be strategic in choosing references. Select former supervisors, co-workers, clients or professors who can speak highly of your skills, work ethic, job performance and accomplishments.

Get permission to use your references and confirm their contact information for accuracy. Keep your references informed by sending them an updated resume and coaching them on your top selling points.

Once you’ve obtained employment, thank your references for their willingness to help you.

Crafting a resume that sells and selecting references that make you shine are a winning combination that are sure to bring you job search success.

To learn more about opportunities available in your community, visit or stop by the Gilbert Career Center located at 735 N. Gilbert Road.

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