It's a new year and in the new year, people start thinking new beginnings:
"It's time to start looking for a job."
The problem is, how can you make your resume stand out amongst all the others?
You essentially want your resume to point out why the employer should hire you over all the other candidates presented to them.
How can you be the chosen one?
Here are five tips to make your resume stand out in front of the virtual crowd:
1. Stay Relevant: You do not need to necessarily keep your resume to one page, but you also don't need it to be ten pages. You need your resume to make sense with regards to the job you are applying for. There is no point in adding information that won't help you make land the interview. As well, keep in mind, sending out more applications will not increase your chances of getting hired. Sending out better applications will.
2. Be Unique: You do not need to have graphs and a rainbow of colours, but a splash of colour can't hurt, especially if it's part of your branding. You essentially want your resume to point out why the employer should hire you over all the other candidates presented to them.
What makes you suitable for their company and their team in both the short and long term? How can you help the company succeed? What do you have that no one else in their network has that adds value to their structure? What is your purpose? If you can showcase this, you will get the interview.
3. Support Your Skills With Facts No one likes it when at the dinner table someone throws companies around like they know all the head honchos of every company. HOWEVER, someone interviewing you or reviewing your resume would want to know who you know that can help them succeed.
What companies have you worked for that are relevant to them? If you worked with Fortune 500s but they work with only start-ups, guess what? Who you know is too much for what they need. You are in the "over-qualified" zone because you know how to open big doors not small ones. A company hires people to fill a void. You fill that void based on how your past experiences match their current pains. Find that and reiterate it in your resume with facts and figures.
Have a million and five people read your resume to ensure there are no errors.
4. Remember Your Purpose: You need to remember your resume is a preliminary measure of your competences. So, you need to recall why you are writing your resume. The fact is, your resume is not about you but how your career can help that of the company. If the company can see that in your resume, then they will then be ready to assess your personality through an interview.
The employer is going to review and assess the following on your resume:
Amount of time you have worked at each employer
How your career shows transitions and growth
How clear you are at identifying your career path
Your education and your actual experience
5. NO ERRORS!! It seems so simple but it still happens. Grammatical and spelling errors in your resume. Have a million and five people read your resume to ensure there are no errors. One mistake and all you have worked for to get your next career, goes out the window.
Jessica Glazer is Strategic Recruitment Director at www.mindhr.com. She is also a regular guest on Breakfast Television, CJAD radio and ABC News 7, Florida.
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