Hi Mrs. P
Thank you so much for joining our forum. One of the interesting suggestions that I read recently was in regards to resumes and it's true. We've moved into almost a totally electronic age. Something that we have to remember or many people don't know is that when you submit a pretty resume electronically is that it's no longer "pretty" when it gets to the other end. As a matter of fact, with the software we use here, for a while the entire resume was coming out in one big paragraph which made it a beast to try to decipher. So the suggestion was to make it CLEAR not pretty. Speak to the language in the job posting. Of course we don't want to make anything up but the more you "speak" the companies language the better. I hate to use the term here but here goes "buzz" words.
For example if its a payroll job and with your previous employer you did hr and payroll. Play up the payroll part, definitely use the hr piece too (you'll look well rounded), but put an emphasis on what payroll systems you used...any thing that speaks to going above and beyond in payroll. Talk about any training you've taken to enhance your job knowledge. Visit O'net. That site will definitely help a lot.
Make sure that SOMETHING in your resume shows related experience. I had cashier at Taco Bell with no education (nothing against taco bell - just an real life example), apply for a job requiring a master's degree.
But the hiring decision is hard these days, it's an employers market right now.
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