Making Sure Your Resume Isn’t Lost in the Shuffle
While there are plenty of resources online to help you find a job, the work isn’t necessarily cut out for you. You still have to work hard in order to get the big payoff. Those who are out of work should look at job hunting as a full time job, and those who are working but hoping for a change should set aside a designated block of time during which they take the job hunt seriously. Not only do online job searches offer an outlet for people to post their resume, but also read up on tips on how to put their best foot forward in the job hunt.
With online job hunts, it’s easy to get lost in the inundation of resumes that an employer can receive as a result of an online job posting. Some employers don’t even look specifically at your resume, they have searches that search your resume and cover letter for a set of predetermined keywords. Thus it is important to read a job posting carefully, and then update your resume to include their preferred phrasing. While you may say in your resume that you are “neat and tidy” they may be looking for “organized” and although you meet the criteria, your resume may be screened out just due to phrasing. If their posting says they are looking for organization, now isn’t the time to get fancy with your phrasing. You’ll have plenty of other opportunities to wow them if you get called back in for an interview.
It’s also important to make sure your resume reflects the job for which you’re applying. If you are applying for an advertising job, consider trying a creative approach by advertising yourself. Obviously creating an advertisement for yourself wouldn’t be suitable in a tech job, but for that make sure important qualifications aren’t lost in the blocks of text. You know your industry, and you’ll have an idea of what kind of employee the employers seek, so do something to make you stand out from the masses.
Keep your resume concise and filled with only relevant information. A high level professional position doesn’t need to know about your college summer job. They assume that if you got to your previous positions you must have been doing something right. If you choose to include an objective, which not everyone does, customize it to the particular company and how you’ll benefit them. Instead of writing “seeking a long term career to provide financial stability,” which is mainly about you, for example, try something along the lines of “seeking to grow your customer base with a five year strategic plan.” That shows your interest in the long term, but as it benefits them rather than you.
Cover letters are a place where you can have a little more flexibility, but make your words count. Hiring managers have probably dozens of resumes and cover letters through which they must sort out the best candidates, sometimes not even reading past the first few lines of a cover letter if it doesn’t interest them. Grammar is a must. It may be easy to look over with the prevalence of text messaging lingo and autocorrect, but a company won’t take you seriously if you can’t even proofread your letter or resume.
It’s a wild world out there, the hunt of a job can be stressful, a lot of work, and generally a pain, but there are so many resources out there to guide you. Remember it will all be worth it once you are looking out over your kingdom from your fancy new corner office.