By Mayra Etayo
Orange County, Florida faced an unemployment rate of 7.5% in in the latter half of 2012. But does that mean that there are no jobs here? I don’t think so. Websites like Workforce.com (http://www.workforcecentralflorida.com/core/fileparse.php?path=/Documents/job-seeker/hot-jobs/Orange_2013_03_06.pdf) and CFEC.com (http://www.cfec.org/index.php/en/job-fair) are just two websites that have job listings specific to this area.
That’s good news, not only for our UCF graduates, but for all our residents that need work. While there may be jobs out there, more than likely there’s bound to be competition for those jobs. Before you’re able to wow them with your charming personality and sparkling smile, your resume can make or break your ability to get in front of the interviewer.
Odds are, however, 4 out of 5 people reading this article do not have an updated resume. There are two things I’ve learned: 1. – It’s easier to find a job when you have a job 2. – You never know when an unexpected opportunity will arise.
Whether you are a seasoned professional or a high school student looking for your first job, resumes are a stressful endeavor. It’s difficult to write persuasively and concisely. Then there’s the matter of what to include or not include in your resume. You certainly don’t want to sound too desperate or like you are bragging.
I find it’s easier to write your resume if you feel like you are preparing one for a client. Take yourself and your needs out of it and start writing like you would as if you were a marketing company hired to create a resume for a client. Now when you delete a section of information for the sake of being concise, you don’t feel like you are excluding a crucial piece of information about yourself.
Please watch my video series on How to Write a Resume. After all, the first step in marketing anything is learning how to market yourself.
Over the course of her extensive twenty-two year career Mayra Etayo has worked with over 50 local, national and international companies including, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, and AMACO Oil, the Village of Key Biscayne, encompassing media relations and press conferences, community relations, events production, newsletters, and crises communications. You can find METV on www.youtube.com/metvthechannel. Follow Mayra on her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/metvthechannel, or follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NJCEvents