BY: Adam Gavriel

When it’s March 21stin Buffalo and outside there are people tanning, in shorts or t-shirts, throwing a football around, you know something has to be wrong. That’s one of the signs of Armageddon in Revelations isn’t it?

One of the warmest winters in recent history has come to a close and the start of spring is just around the corner. Finally, here at the University at Buffalo it looks like a college with people outside congregating and doing the things you see on every college flyer, handbook and website instead of avoiding snow covered roads and running for cover in the comfort of nearby buildings.

What usually happens though at this time of year is that many American’s will engage in the yearly tradition of spring cleaning when early April rolls around. Like a New Year’s Resolution, spring cleaning can come in many different forms. Of course there’s the obvious straightening up your home, changing the air fresheners to that sort of resemblance of the smell of flowers or as in-between-the-lines as it gets of cleaning up everything.

The February United States unemployment at a reported 8.3% has been slowly trending downward since October 2009 when it reached its peak position of 10% Now 8.3% is surely a number that many American’s would like to see decrease as it is still too high for taste.

Though with the trend downward, there are many things that American’s have to look forward to today. More jobs are being created, summer is right around the corner, and not to mention March Madness finishing up, the NHL/NBA playoffs and opening day in the MLB. On the other hand, the 8.3% of American’s might be more comfortable missing all of these spectacles to get back to work.

Just an FYI, it’s worth noting that according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), that 8.3% number does not count workers as unemployed unless they have actively searched for work in the last four weeks. As a result, millions of non-working people are not counted as unemployed by BLS officials. According to analysts who study this kind of thing, if you want to know the “real” unemployment rate, you need to include those people as well as others who have either given up looking altogether and part-time workers who are seeking full-time employment but can’t find it. They are referred to as the underemployed. If they were added into the calculation, that 8.3 percent would be more in the neighborhood of around 11 percent and could possibly be as high as 15 percent.

Again, that really didn’t have anything to do with my point, but you get the picture that things are pretty tough out there.

But back to the point.

In honor of coming of Spring and Spring Cleaning, here are a few more key tips in writing your resumes and for hoping that we at Crossroads Consulting can help you lower that number and finally get it below 8%

  • Keep it simple:      Prospective employers want to see your accomplishments, but frankly, no one needs to see what you were doing in the 1980s for work. If your resume is longer than one page, you have too much on it. The key to the resume is to get you an interview where you can talk about yourself for more than “one page.” On Average most employers might not even look at your resume for longer than half a minute. If yours is longer than 1 page, they’ll be disregarding key information you may have buried deeper within the document.
  • Mix up your verbs:    When describing what sort of tasks you conducted at your previous employers, there are more words than “managed” or “completed” that you can do. If you’re currently employed but looking for greener pastures, make sure to keep your verbs in the present tense as you are currently operating within those means. Try words like “Implemented,” “Assisted,” or “Practiced.” If you were lucky enough to manage, then go right ahead and put that one in your resume; but one and done.
  • Use a template. Employers want to see consistency within the resumes they are looking at. If they have to search for your work experience, and have other resumes piling up in front of them they may not give you the benefit of the doubt. Make sure your labels are easy to see and all information is presented in a neat and organized fashion. It shouldn’t take anyone longer than a couple of seconds to locate all the information they need to see within your resume.

Despite everything listed above, remember that at Crossroads Consulting we take the team to read every word of your resume. Not to mention if we feel that it can be improved with our resume optimizationservice, we will not hesitate to contact you about that as well.

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