It has been a VERY busy 3 weeks since we last spent some time together.
I’m sure many of you, like me, have been hard at work, lost in the world of term papers and finals, waiting with bated breath for the end of the semester. For some of you, the coming weeks will be the culmination of all your efforts, celebrating and walking across a stage somewhere to receive your degree, as your loved ones look on filled with pride! Congratulations!
Now that I’m back, I wanted to do something special – and hopefully helpful – for my soon-to-be grads and those of us amid some form of career or purpose transition.
As a career-focused lead adjunct professor, with experience in staffing and recruiting, I have a passion for helping people looking to make a change – job hunters, career changers, purpose seekers – to tell their story through well-written, professional and effective career documents.
Today and tomorrow, I will be sharing my top 10 tips for Getting that Resume RIGHT and ready for your next OPPORTUNITY!
1. How Does It Sound?
Read what you’ve written. Now read it again. Now read it OUT LOUD. If it doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t right. And just because it sounds right, doesn’t mean it IS right. Spell Check, Grammarly, a Dictionary or Thesaurus are ALL your friends. A second pair of eyes giving it a glance is always helpful as well!
2. Find the Shortest Route!
The shortest route from one point to another is a STRAIGHT LINE. Don’t attempt to take your audience – especially a swamped recruiter or hurried employer – over the river and through the woods, up a mountain and down again before you get to your point. Is there is a shorter, more concise way to say what you need to say? USE IT.
3. Treat Your Resume Like a Pinterest Outfit – Make all the elements work together!
There is no shortage of advice for creating a stylish and sleek fashion ensemble – so here are your tips for a visually appealing resume worthy of a Pinterest post!
Keep your formatting and layout consistent throughout the document. Check your font types and sizes. Use graphic highlighting to your advantage.
4. Why should I care?
It can be tempting to just dump every experience you’ve ever had, credential you’ve earned, or activity you’ve participated in since high school onto your resume with the hope that someone will find value in that information.
However, if you don’t know why that statement on your resume matters, more than likely, no one else will either. Why does that degree matter? How did that experience make you a good candidate? Have you answered the “questions” about your qualifications implied in the job posting?
5. Who’s doing the hiring here?
Remember that you are writing for an audience – in this case, your potential next employer.
If I am asking you to pay me for something, do you want to know what I WANT out of the deal or how the transaction would benefit me? OOOOR – Should I be showing you why you want to make this purchase from me?
Are you telling your audience why they should hire you to be part of their organization? Have you taken inventory of what you are bringing to the table? You want to show the employer why it will be to their advantage to select you for that open position! Otherwise, you’re not only selling yourself short, but potentially shutting the door of opportunity in your own face.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful in your resume-writing process. Feel free to comment below if you are able to use any of these suggestions or if you have other resume questions!
Tomorrow, I’ll give you tips 6 to 10, to help make all of the amazingness you have to offer jump off the page!
P.S. – If you are in need of resume writing services, send an email to StepIn2Purpose@gmail.com. I’d love to help you tell your story and prepare for your next move!