Some people have become professional students, furthering their education, hoping that it will lead to bigger and better jobs. However, it is being shown that aside from recent graduates, education takes a backseat to professional experience. In saying this, an abundance of degrees will not place job seekers ahead of those who have done more in that company’s particular area of business.

To make up for their lack of experience, job seekers often add irrelevant information or accomplishments to their resume, hoping that it will count towards work experience. They even go so far as to mention accomplishments as far back as junior high or even their elementary school years such as awards won or places they have gone. Instead, they should just keep the education section of their resumes simple with their higher education listed, degree earned, and graduation date, never going further back than high school to mention academic successes.

Job searchers also try to make their resumes stand out from others cosmetically, hoping the extra effort will earn them a job title. They try different colored paper, unusual font types, photographs, and sending it through overnight mail or fax. These techniques may help but only if a person is well qualified and the actual content of their resume proves this. Otherwise, it is a waste of time and effort. The “it’s not what you know but who you know” approach is also effective, especially at a company that isn’t currently hiring. When job seekers acquaint themselves with others in the company, even if not from their department, knowing someone can help improve one’s chances of getting hired.

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