Category : job-readiness
When you’re looking for a job with a criminal charge on your record, it can be tough. There are a lot of mistakes that past criminals make when applying for jobs that can hold them back from their dream position. So don’t miss out on the career you deserve. Use these following resume tips to supercharge your search in 2018.
Format Your Resume Professionally
The right formatting can make a big difference in whether or not you get the job. Without a great formatted resume, it can look sloppy or lazy. Companies like to see that you are using modern standards for today’s layout. It shows that you keep up with the job market and your industry.
There are various ways to leverage social media to help with your job search. The biggest mistake is simply ignoring social media, even if you don’t like using it. Look at getting a job as your only job right now, and you can change your perspective.
To get the most out of social, get an account on LinkedIn. If you already have a profile, it’s time to clean it up. Make sure you fill out your profile information top to bottom. The more you can share about your experience level and expertise, the better. Also, Use the best photo that exists of you in your profile. It should be within five years old, however. Finally, make sure you are leveraging social proof by getting endorsements for your skills.
Ditch the Old Stuff
It can be tempting to look at your experience and job history and put everything on your resume. It might seem like this makes it more impressive, but in reality the HR departments and hiring managers who will be looking at your resume don’t want to spend ages reading it.
Include only the most recent 3-5 jobs you have had. If there is a gap, find a way to explain it in the interview rather than worrying about it by lying on your resume. Honesty is always the best policy and will pay off in the long run.
When it comes to job hunting in today’s day and age, it is tough enough. You are already competing with the world instead of just your local talent pool. Add to this the fact that you have a criminal record and you need to try harder than other candidates just to be considered. So use the tips above and enjoy finding the right job for you.
An average of 22% of all justice-involved individuals in the state of Virginia are expected to be re-arrested, re-convicted, and/or re-incarcerated. Strengthening societal relationships and making effective use of time has proven to deter individuals from returning to prison. We are here to be a direct link to those deterrents. They’re counting on failure; we’re working towards success!
- Resume Format Tips You Need to Know in 2018 | TMV Social
- How to Explain Employment Gaps in an Interview | Indeed
- Maximize LinkedIn in Your Job Search | UNCW