It’s a job-searching jungle out there, and the hunters need every advantage they can get.
The average time a recruiter or company official spends scanning a resume is 13 seconds, says Barry Shiflett, career management services director at Florida International University’s College of Business Administration. At a Career Fair, it’s just 8 seconds.
Combine that reality with the double-digit unemployment in South Florida, and job seekers have their work cut out for them.
When The Miami Herald set out to do a Resume Makeover, we received more than 150 resumes from jobseekers, nearly all of them unemployed. We selected resumes of three professionals with many years of experience in their fields, but the advice given can apply to jobhunters with less experience.
For jobhunters just out of college or with very limited experience, the resume strategy is different. We will be addressing resumes of younger workers next month.
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Read: “Career experts deconstruct three typical resumes, then rebuild them,“ an article from the MiamiHerald.com.