- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009

Here are some timely job-hunting tips and strategies, compliments of Revi Goldwasser, founder of “Interview Tips and Secrets.”

The Name of Your Resume: When you apply for jobs, you attach your resume to the e-mail submission. What have you named your attached resume? Is it “John Doe Resume?” Or is it “draft resume?” Does “draft resume” mean that you’re still working on it? Is the name, “2007 resume?” Has it been two years since you updated your resume? Be careful - give your resume a professional name, like your name. Believe Revi - hiring managers look at things like this.

E-mail Address: Is your e-mail address professional, like “your name”(at)yahoo.com, or “your name123”(at)aol.com? If it’s something like hotmama(at)xxx.com, or foreclosureking(at)xxx.com, it is unacceptable.

Once again, be careful - employers and hiring managers pay attention to things like this.

Grade Point Average: If it’s 3.0 or higher, include it on your resume. This is not just for recent graduates, but for anyone with one to 10 years of experience. A good GPA is something always worthwhile showing off. If your major GPA is 3.5 and your overall is 3.3, write both on your resume. If your major GPA is above 3.0 but your overall is lower, write your major GPA on your resume, but make sure it says, “major GPA.” Don’t mislead an employer.

Social Internet Sites: Edit your profiles. The first thing employers do in today’s market is their homework. They check out various social networks, like Facebook and Twitter to see what they can find out about you. Review your profile photos and recent comments. Less is more. Review all social networks before you send out resumes.

Apply to old job postings. Although all job search coaches emphasize networking as No. 1, consider reviewing advertised positions that are 30 days old. Positions may take up to a couple of months to fill, so even if the ad is old, it may still be open. You could even review newspapers that are six months to a year old. New hires sometimes don’t last, or even get promoted within a year. The job may be open again.

Be clever - do what others fail to do.

For more information on Revi Goldwasser and her work, visit her Web site: www.interviewtipsandsecrets.com.

c Marvin Walberg is a job search coach. Contact him at [email protected], marvinwalberg.blogspot.com, or P.O. Box 43056, Birmingham, AL 35243.

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