In today’s tough economic climate many more people than ever are searching for jobs. If you find that you’re one of them, it’s time to dust off your resume and give it new life. There’s tons of competition for every job so it’s more important than ever to make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. Try these simple tips to give your resume a fresh approach:
Make it look good in various formats – As always, your resume should be attractive and readable. But remember that there’s now more than one way to send out your resume. You’ll need a format that works for the traditional mail as well as on social networks, career sites and job-application engines on corporate websites. This is why it’s important to prepare your resume in several different formats, so your hard work doesn’t go to waste. Some popular ways to save your resume are in Word, as plain text and as a PDF.
Focus on selected accomplishments – Hiring managers don’t have the time or inclination to read a laundry list of your job duties, since they can typically figure out your responsibilities based on your title. Focus on measurable achievements — numbers, percentages, awards — that show your skills and what makes you unique. You can use bullet points of 3-5 selected accomplishments to help the reader immediately know why you are qualified for the position.
Keep it simple – Avoid the lengthy resume! You’ll have plenty of time to dig into the details of your skills and accomplishments when you get into an interview, so consider your resume to be a highlights reel. Keep it simple, short and professional. There’s no need to list your hobbies and personal information. Not only do they take up needed space, they could make you look unprofessional. Your resume should only be one to two pages.
Proof, Proof, Proof – Hiring managers often spend seconds with a resume so a single typo can get your resume tossed. Check for spelling errors, inconsistent punctuation and redundancy. Only the best resumes get through the process.
Know Your Confidentiality Needs – The Internet has opened up new worlds for job seekers, but it’s important to understand that if you’re willing to share your information on the Web, everyone, including your current boss, can see you’re looking for a new job. If discretion is important to your job search, it’s best not to post your resume to any online job sites.
Get Past Initial Screening – Lots of companies that go through massive amounts of resumes have found a way to screen out unqualified candidates using technology. Make sure you clearly state how you meet the minimum requirements and use important keywords from the job description to avoid being disqualified before a hiring agent looks at your resume.
By using these simple tips, you’ll have your resume ready for your dream job in no time! Happy hunting!