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Make Your Resume Stand Out With Certifications

When looking for a new job or career, it is important to give yourself every advantage in the marketplace.

The first step in landing the job you want is to have a resume that employers will love. Beef up your resume with certifications that will make you stand out among the other applicants. By polishing your resume and highlighting your best accomplishments, you will have an advantage in the job market.

Accentuate the Positive

Your resume is the first thing your potential employers will see when you apply for a job. Make yours stand out by highlighting your skills, achievements and credentials. Include any training and safety certifications. Taking a safety course in occupational and safety hazards will help you to show that you are prepared to take proper precautions on the job. They will also tell your employer that you are serious about safety and won’t be a liability. There are many OSHA training courses that will give you a leg up when applying for jobs, and adding your course certification to your resume will make you attractive to employers.

If you are a recent graduate, include information such as courses you have taken and academic accomplishments and honors you have received. If your work history includes temporary work with multiple clients, list the agency name and the projects you have worked on.

Eliminate the Negative

One of the major mistakes that people make when applying for jobs is submitting resumes with spelling and typographical errors. Not only do these errors make you look unprofessional, they can cost you the job. Employers want employees who pay attention to detail, and by proofreading your resume, you will show that you are conscientious and serious. It doesn’t make sense to include information on a plethora of achievements yet submit a resume full of errors.

If you have had long periods of unemployment, fill in the gaps with activities that will boost your resume. Include job training, learned skills and volunteer work. Include any apprenticeships or classes that you have taken. If you have been fired from a job, either eliminate it from your resume or be prepared to explain why you left. If your potential employer asks if you have been fired, you will be obligated to tell them. Leaving it off your resume altogether, however, is an effective way to hide this negative information during your interview.

Prepare for your interview with a resume that gets results. By highlighting your skills, you will have a great chance at a new career.

This is a guest post for TheEmployable


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