by Kim Issacs
Has your resume been generating calls for interviews, or does it
seem lost in the crowd? Follow these six tips to supercharge your
resume:
  1. Renew Often
    One of the most popular ways hiring managers search resumes is by
    the date they were posted. Keep your resume updated in the system
    by renewing it at least once every 30 days.
  2. Target Your Resume Title
    The Resume Title is one of the most important sections of the
    Resume Builder. When hiring managers search for resumes, they often
    look at the title first to decide whether to view a resume. It’s
    best to include the specific job title you’re pursuing, along with
    a brief description of your top credentials. Choose your words
    carefully as you have a 70-character limit. Examples of good title:
    • Network Administrator – CNA Specializing in NetWare – 5 Years’
      Experience
    • Technical Sales Representative – Maximizing Sales for the
      Technology Industry
    • Secretary/Administrative Assistant with 10 Years’
      Experience
  3. Maximize Your Keywords
    One of the best ways to increase the number of hits your resume
    receives is to include an abundance of industry keywords. Do some
    research on keywords that might be used to find someone with your
    talents. Search jobs to get an idea of what credentials hiring
    managers value. Then look for places in your resume where you could
    incorporate these keywords. The Skills section is a great place to
    include keywords that don’t appear elsewhere in the document.
  4. Show You Care About Employers’ Needs
    If you have outlined your wants and needs, revise your career
    objective to show the benefits you offer potential employers.
    Consider these before-and-after ideal job descriptions:
    • Before: A challenging position with a large
      firm that offers great pay/benefits, flextime and a comfortable
      working environment.
    • After: Customer service or front-desk position
      providing world-class service to international guests.
  5. Proofread
    Employers are immediately turned off by resumes with typos. Many
    employers will discard a resume that contains even one error, so
    thoroughly proofread your Monster resume. Email it to yourself and
    open the file in a program with good spell-check capabilities. Then
    show your resume to a writer, teacher or colleague with excellent
    proofreading skills to make sure it is perfect.
  6. Invest in Your Resume
    Yes, spending a little money on your resume can improve it. One of
    the benefits of these services is that your resume is featured with
    graphical enhancements, including bold type and industry
    icons.
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In January, total employment in the United States grew in excess of 200,000 jobs for the second consecutive month. The Labor Department reports 243,000 positions were added in the month and revisions show 203,000 were added in December. The U.S. unemployment rate fell from 8.5 to 8.3 percent despite an influx of more than 500,000 workers into the civilian labor market.

Furthermore, revisions to previous numbers, based on more complete data, show the employment situation may not have been as bad as first reported. Unemployment peaked at 10 percent for a single month in October 2009 before starting to fall. Past reports had unemployment remaining at or above 10 percent for three months. Revisions to 2011′s establishment data also show nearly 266,000 more jobs were created during the year than previously reported, accounting for nearly a 20 percent improvement.
Growth did not appear overly clustered in any specific sector in January, but rather it was spread throughout many
sectors. Manufacturing added 50,000 positions, mostly in durable goods, likely an extension of holiday spending which seemed to disproportionately lean towards such items. Food services and drinking places added 33,000 positions, healthcare added 31,000 and construction added 21,000. In the temporary help or contract
staffing space, employment grew by 20,100 after having been relatively flat in recent months.

The unemployment rate among those who hold a four-year degree rose from 4.1 to 4.2 percent in January, but that was mostly driven by an increase in those who hold such a degree looking for work. Actual employment by those with a four-year degree rose by 291,000 in January. The management, professional and related occupations unemployment rate fell year over year from 4.7 percent to 4.3 percent. The unemployment rate for those in sales or related
occupations also fell, from 9.1 to 8.2 percent from a year ago.

The recovery from the Great Recession has been characterized by fits and starts. Indeed, when comparing the speed
of the labor market’s recovery to past recessions, our current path is both longer and slower than any recovery over the last half century. The improvements seen over the last few months though, point to the beginning of a virtuous cycle, with an unemployment rate falling more precipitously than would have been projected just a few months ago.

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