The Most Important Part of Your Resume Is…

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In a tough job market, hiring managers’ attention span for reading resumes gets smaller and smaller. Typically, an employer spends all of about 10 seconds looking at any resume. To make this time count, you need to make sure you create a concise, attention grabbing profile.

So where is their attention going first? The top. The first third of your resume is where they will spend the most time reading. If there is too much text, and doesn’t cater to the position they are trying to fill, you’re sure to lose their interest.

The top third portion of your resume should include the most noteworthy details about yourself and your career. Tell them why you’re most qualified for the job, by showing your career highlights. Make sure you include the exact position you are applying for, and if you are currently employed explain why it relates to the position you are applying for. Don’t fill your career summary with generic statements that don’t speak directly about who you are. Think of it as your sales pitch. Sell yourself as the hardworking, qualified candidate you are!

Ask Our Recruiters: Who Can I Use as a Reference?

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We received another question for our team of recruiters, thanks Dan! Remember, you can leave your questions in the comment section of our blog, or contact us through Twitter or Facebook! Here is Dan’s question:

Do you think I should only use past supervisors as references? Can I use co-workers? I’m asking because my supervisor doesn’t know that I’m looking for a job, so I can’t really use them as a reference.

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I highly suggest using a past supervisor as your professional reference! You don’t want to jeopardize your current position, but ask a previous supervisor. Your direct supervisor will be able to properly assess your performance and work ethic and can give specific examples to support these. A coworker or personal reference may not be able to give an unbiased reference or speak to your professional experience.  A positive reference can help you secure a job, so ask someone that can speak most thoroughly to your efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace.

PCG Partners: Rachel Levin Style

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Our style expert Rachel Levin, of Rachel Levin Style, is here again to answer another fashion question! Here is Rachel’s advice about dressing for summer interviews.

 

I think it’s hard to dress for interviews during the summer. Do you think sleeveless dresses are ok? What about sandals, is that a no no? Looking for any advice for summer interviewing!

 

The combination of high humidity and temperatures over the summer make it challenging to adapt your professional dress, especially when you want to be cool, calm, and collected for interviews. Though it can be tempting to dress for the weather, my best advice is to keep the culture of the company first and foremost in your mind when selecting interview looks. Great sources to determine the culture are company websites, stores, Facebook and Linked-In profiles, and of course your amazing partners at Pyramid. If the company you are interviewing with has a more formal dress code, choose suiting in lighter weight natural fibers like cotton or linen that will breathe, sleeveless underpinnings, and carry a jacket or cardigan to layer over top once indoors in the air conditioning. In this case also select shoe styles that cover your toes and make sure to finish your look with accessories. If the company you are visiting has a less formal dress code and you are going to go with sleeveless or open toes options, finishing your look becomes key. Head to toe grooming is always essential to look fresh and pulled together despite the heat, and the outfit should be completed with statement accessories that take the place of your jacket as a “third” piece. In the heat it’s important to bring water, arrive early, and cool down in the air conditioning so you can feel comfortable to put your best foot forward. All my best wishes for your summer interviewing and please let me know if you have any more questions!

 

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