Robert Morello reports:
"In today's ultra-competitive jobs market, the right resume can help separate you from the rest of the pack. Many non-skilled workers do not typically create and submit resumes when looking for work. In the past it was deemed unnecessary for applicants for non-skilled positions. But things have changed in the job market, and with the scarcity of jobs out there, any advantage is worth the effort...The majority of unskilled labor positions in the United States are filled by young Americans and immigrant workers. The terms 'unskilled' or 'non-skilled' call what is, in fact, hard work something that sounds like it requires no talent. Non-skilled workers do the necessary jobs that many would not be willing to do, and that many corporations count on to turn a profit and many consumers count on for daily services...Arrange your resume in an attractive and clear format on 8 1/2- by 11-inch resume paper. Place your name and contact info at the top in a large, bold font so that the employer will be able to identify and reach out to you without searching through your paperwork. List your work experience next, with each position, company worked for and job experience with its own line. Follow this with your educational background and any special achievements or awards you may have obtained along the way. List your talents next and include things like language skills (a premium for many employers), team and travel experience, and anything else that may make you more interesting to the employer and help you stand out from the crowd...Making a solid non-skilled resume requires using many of the same structural elements of a more targeted professional resume while being a bit more creative about the information you use and how it is presented. Use descriptive language that puts a shine on general tasks...A simple and well-written description can make all the difference between getting the job and being passed over. Don't sell yourself or your experience short. Announce what you have done and show how your skills are valuable and well[-]developed...Job cards are another method of getting your information to the prospective employer. Non-skilled resumes and applications often do not require the same amount of detail as a professional resume might, and the job card is a more condensed and abbreviated way of providing what is required for consideration. A job card is a typed, large-size index card with your name, contact information, the position for which you are applying, a list of your skills and a two-line summary of what you are bringing to the table as a potential employee. The job card is a less formal and more to-the-point version of a resume that will get the job done just as well in many cases."
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