Job Seeker Resources
A winning job resume is your personal marketing tool, and you have to use it properly. Think always of your resume as a selling tool that outlines your skills and experiences so that an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to the company. Many hiring managers will contend they take as little as ten seconds to review a resume. What they really mean is that the minimum amount of time is ten seconds... successful resumes will be reviewed much longer. The key is to capture and hold an audience long enough to accomplish your specific purpose... to get to the next step in the process, the interview. Your resume alone will not score the interview or the job, but it can provide you with the starting point for your job search. If you can't sell yourself on paper, you probably won't be effective selling yourself in person.

 

The cover letter is usually the first thing the hiring manager sees, and is one of the best tools to make a positive first impression. TAG's recommended cover letter strategies will improve the effectiveness of your cover letter and ensure you convey the right message. In a nutshell, your cover letter should say, "I'm the right person for the job. I have unique skills and experience that will help your company right away. I hope you're as excited about this as I am." The accompanying resume should then prove your case. Put another way, the cover letter is the advertisement for your resume.

 

Most applicants make more missteps during the interview stage of the hiring process than at any other. Not knowing enough about the company or position, displaying a poor attitude or inquiring about compensation prematurely can all leave a negative impression with hiring managers. You should make use of the interview to determine whether you can be successful in the available position and whether the company will give you the opportunity for professional growth and career development. TAG offers interview tools that will help ensure you have a successful job interview.