6. You’re looking for the right job, but is your resume doing the same?
I’ve come across many individuals who are looking for new opportunities and positions within their existing field or to break into new industries and fields. Yet upon reviewing their resume, it would appear that they are only qualified for their current role – and those are the calls they receive from recruiters.
Be sure that your resume includes the correct skill set, industry language, and demonstrated expertise or education for the position you are looking to obtain.
Are you a recent graduate looking to”get your foot in the door” in an entry level role? Show how your education, internship, job-shadowing opportunities, and Yes!, even your fast food restaurant experience, campus ambassador, or babysitting gig have prepared you for this new role!
7. Less is more.
While the “1 page rule” no longer holds absolutely true, you want to be sure that everything on your resume is relevant and adds value.
If there are positions that are more than 10 years old, but irrelevant to your career path, you may want to consider skipping these.
Have you held relatively similar positions with increasing responsibilities from year to year? Show what is unique about each role or position, without creating a repeating mundane list of duties.
8. Think bigger – website and video resumes are totally a thing!
Beyond your paper resume, there are now other more creative and “stand out” mediums to tell your story and land that position.
Not that paper is no longer important – despite this wonderful digital age, the paper resume hasn’t entirely faded into antiquity – so don’t ditch it just yet.
Just consider that most employers and recruiters are receiving resumes from other similarly qualified applicants with identical credentials and education.
This is another opportunity to get “face to face”, and show more than a sheet or two of paper will allow, even when you haven’t actually met in person!
9. Don’t count yourself out!
This is a big one! So many people discount the value of their experience, skills, education, unique areas of specialty, cross-cultural background, leadership abilities, and the list goes on!
Never undervalue or devalue your past accomplishments, present efforts and future potential.
You’ve studied, you’ve worked hard, you’ve taken your own time to become an expert using YouTube even. Whatever the path you’ve taken to get here, make it count!
10. Remember that a phenomenal resume can’t replace good character, a stellar reputation, excellent work ethic, or the benefits of hitting the pavement and meeting your “door openers” in person!
This is probably the most important tip I have to give. A well-written resume can’t undo the damage of poor work habits or unprofessional conduct. You are your best branding statement, elevator pitch, and walking, talking, living resume!
Again, I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and wish you the best as you pursue your next opportunity!
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