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The purpose of this blog is to help guide those who struggle to find employment in the Insurance and Financial Services industry. Every week I will post blogs to help job seekers through the hiring process. The blog posts will focus on; resume building, what words you should and shouldn't use on resumes, staying active in the job search, how to be successful on CompleteMarkets and get in front of recruiters and employers, providing relevant information regarding employment etc. It is my goal to take you from being a job seeker to an employed insurance professional.
Staying in Front of Recruiters and Employers
Now that you have found the job, you need to present yourself to the employer. How do you create a resume that will stand out?

If you want your resume to be read by employers and recruiters there are five important factors they really focus on. If you do not pay attention to these it’s likely that your resume will be tossed at the first scan. They look for:
 
1. Contact Information (It is important to use professional contact information, especially email addresses).
 2. Format
3. Spelling
4. Grammar
 5. Length

Your resume needs to be tailored to the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a Commercial Lines position then you want to list all of your Commercial Lines experience. If you don’t list all of your experience in Commercial Lines, then a recruiter may look over your resume and choose someone else who looks better qualified on paper then you do because they have listed all their Commercial Lines experience. If you are not applying for a specific position and you just want to create a general resume, then it is important to only list the three most recent jobs.

 Recruiters and employers are busy, so lengthy resumes are only skimmed because they don’t have enough time to sit and read everything you have to offer them. Try to keep your resume to one page. If you need some guidance creating your resume or if you would like to make some updates to it, go to your CompleteMarkets user profile and select your Career History tab, there you will see the information commonly looked for by recruiters and employers. All you have to do is fill out the information, if you don’t have a resume to upload and you can save and print your career history information in a formatted PDF form.

 Next week I will focus on what you should and shouldn’t say on resumes and the most commonly used buzzwords to avoid.
Ashley Fuerstenberg
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