Friday, January 4, 2008

5 Job Fair Resume Tips – Stand Out From The Pack

The Orlando January Diversity Career Fair is right around the corner; in fact it’s less than 2 weeks away. We have been busy in the office getting the best employers in the area ready to meet great candidates like our readers. In marketing for the career fair we have been promoting pre-registration, which will give all the employers access to your resume before you walk through the Rosen Plaza Hotel doors.

This has been a great success for the past few job fairs and I believe gives you an upper hand above the competition. This does not mean that you should not have physical copies with you at the event, but it does give a point of reference that you took the steps and initiative to get your skill set out there to the companies.

Below are my 5 tips to outshine on your pre-registration resumes and is a good rule of thumb for resumes in general. Enjoy Orlando!

  1. Keep it to 1 page. Anything longer will not get read.
  2. Put the most important information above the fold or the area before they have to scroll down on the page. Remember they will be opening this up on a computer, so keep in mind that if the information on top does not catch their attention, the great skills on the bottom will more than likely not get read.
  3. Have proper and complete contact information. This includes a phone number with appropriate voicemail, a professional email address (no stuff folks), and an address that information can be sent to.
  4. Use a standard format that is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Word. This includes using a standard font (Arial, Times New Roman, etc), size 12 type, and a general template from Microsoft Word. Every HR representative that you send your resume to will not have the same software version, so test it out and see how compatible it is.
  5. Include relevant work history. If you have a good deal of employers, only list those that will be beneficial for the position that you are looking to be hired for. This may mean that you have to send different resumes to different companies.

I hope some of these tips are useful and you will use them not only for the job fair but in all of your job hunting adventures.

Please visit our sister blog, the Tampa JobSpot as they have a great tool kit for resumes in the latest series, Resume Week.

Happy hunting Orlando and have a great weekend.

Greg Rollett

(If you would like to pre-register for the job fair all you have to do is send your resume to and you are all set!)


Farmer Joe February 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

It can also be a good idea to have a second pair of eyes look at your resume. Things that slip past you are usually caught and they can help you to clarify anything that brings up questions.
Resume writing services like do more than just write resumes, they also offer a "review" service in which they will take a look at what you have (from an objective viewpoint) to make sure your resume is something that will get you the chance to get the interview.

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