One of the best things you can do for your job search is to try to see yourself through an employer’s eyes. There are numerous ways to do this, be it asking yourself (and answering) possible interview questions, continually refining your personal sales pitch, or going through “scrimmage” on-camera interviews so you can see exactly how you act and what you say.
WorkInTexas.com can give you some help in this area too, allowing you to view your resume as an employer will see it, making it pretty easy to see why (or why not) someone might want to talk to you about a job. And there are a couple of good reasons to do this.
- First and foremost, lets you see you through an employer’s eyes, viewing your experience, skills, and education.
- Helps you recognize costly mistakes in not providing enough, or enough of the right kind of information employers might be looking for.
- Gives you the opportunity to correct these mistakes prior to an employer seeing them and potentially counting you out of the running.
- Allows you the chance to revisit and update what information you want to show to employers, both experience and personal contact information.
To view your resume as an employer sees it, logon to WorkInTexas.com and click on the My Portfolio tab at the top of the page. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Resume Preferences button on the left hand side. And finally, click the Preview Resume link at the bottom left hand side of the page, and whatever displays is what an employer will see when they look at your resume in WorkInTexas.com.
To change what information displays to employers: scroll to the bottom of your resume and click Cancel, and when back on the Resume Preferences page, simply check or uncheck the boxes in the Contact and Resume Information sections and Save. By chance, this is also how you can keep yourself “hidden” from a current employer if you don’t want to be found by them. Note: if that is your intent, be sure to think about what email you list also, as that can easily give away your identity also.
To change what information is provided to employers in your resume: click the My Portfolio tab again and then review and modify any and all information in, primarily, the Resume & State Application section by clicking on the links for each section. Even though sections may be checked, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use more detail: checks don’t mean “information good,” checks only mean “some information provided.”
And, as always, if you have any questions, contact the Workforce Solutions Office near you and tell them you need some help with your resume. Best of luck.