Use Microsoft® Word 2010 to get hired
Gone are the days when you would walk into an organization with your two-pager résumé in hand which served only its functional purpose of summarizing you and it was ultimately you who was responsible for talking your way into the job of your dreams. Now you won’t even pass the first checkpoint if you’re not careful. The first checkpoint here, of course, is your résumé. Over time, recruiters have developed a keen eye to judge a candidate by their résumé – and you can’t blame them. For if you can’t make a good résumé, what can you do?
Besides the regular cardinal sins of résumé writing, which include but are not limited to language consistency, length and well, honesty; there is one make-or-break aspect that should be on your list of thing to consider, that aspect is design. And that’s where Word 2010 can help you immensely. Sure, you could create your résumé from scratch, but then would you still if I told you there’s a database of hundreds of beautifully designed templates available for you to pick and choose from? Microsoft has an excellent database of free Résumés and CVs templates which is extensively categorized according to various situations and job profiles. You are sure to find a template exactly suited for you without much hunting around. Once you download the template, all you have to do is enter your information, and you’re done!
While creative people can take manyliberties with their résumés, if you’re applying for a traditional job like a management position, you’re far better off sticking to the basics and that’s what the templates provided by Microsoft are targeted at. If you’re more of a do-it-yourself person, you may follow this excellent guide in giving your résumé a facelift. With Word 2010, you may share your résumé with a professional in order to get their advice and feedback on it without going back and forth via e-mail, you may both even work at it simultaneously at the same time. Also, only with Word 2010 do you get a brilliant new set of graphics, diagrams and formatting options to make your résumé stand out amongst a sea of résumés.