So, you’ve nailed the basics of resume writing, but your dream job still eludes you. You’ve gone over your resume with a fine-tooth comb and even compared it to samples included in blog posts about resume “best practices.” You know your resume checks all the boxes, but you feel like it’s still missing something.
Do you have a mentor or friend who is already employed in the industry in which you are seeking employment? Ask he or she to read over your resume and provide feedback. Even if this person is new to their job or has never been on a hiring committee, they still possess insider knowledge that you don’t have because they have been through the interview process and successfully got the job. Ask them if they received any feedback from their employer regarding their interviewing process once they were hired. Your friend or mentor might not even realize how much advice they can give you until you ask them.
When you’ve aced Resume Writing 101 and followed up with your friend, you are ready to move on to the next level. Check out these resume-writing pro tips!
The content of your resume is more important than its design, but its appearance can have an impact on whether or not you are asked to interview. Employers might not even realize how much they are influenced by the appearance of one’s resume. Don’t go crazy with over-the-top calligraphy or graphic design (unless you’re a graphic designer). Instead, make sure your formatting is consistent and clean and your font is readable. Overall, aim for the feeling or theme of “simple yet striking.”
Instead of just including descriptions of successes or projects you completed at previous jobs, add specific numbers that show your potential employer the kind of impact they can expect from you. This will make your potential seem concrete and increase your perceived value. For example, instead of saying, “Increased Facebook followers,” say,”Increased Facebook followers by 20% within 30 days.”
Doer vs. Achiever.
Giving your employer a sense of how you have managed responsibility at past jobs by listing tasks is okay, but using active verbs that emphasize your ability to make a difference will help them to visualize you in the role. Employers want active employees that will take initiative, so passive lists on your resume might give them the wrong idea. For example, instead of saying, “Was responsible for eliminating overhead when possible,” try saying, “Cut department overhead by 20% in Q4 of 2012.”
Everyone has an opinion on how a resume should look and what it needs to say. The one piece of advice we can always give is to keep your resume straight forward, and to the point. When Employers read resumes they generally give it a quick glance, and know within a few minutes if there would be interest in interviewing you. Keep that in mind as you build and rebuild your resume. Your resume needs to have quick impact to get the company to take notice. If you would like other tips on resume writing visit our blogs and videos to learn more. Good luck on your job search. And remember, if you just need a little more help with yours, we do offer resume writing services!