Looking for and applying for jobs can be a daunting task and in many cases, searching for and applying to jobs is a full-time job. There are endless forms to complete, repetitive information to provide, and simply navigating various websites can be frustrating.
Are you submitting your resume to countless jobs only to receive zero responses?
This, my friend, means that you have entered the Resume Black Hole. The place where resumes go, only to be buried in a crowd of hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of other resumes.
There is actually a secret to writing resumes that will end up in the hands of a person who is responsible for hiring. In fact, there are three BIG secrets that I’m going to share with you today.
Secret 1: A Clean Resume and Why You Need It
Take the time to create a resume that is easy to read. The person reviewing your resume probably isn’t going to read it line-by-line at first, rather, they’re going to skim it to see if anything stands out to them. They are looking for on-the-job experience that is related to the position you applied for. Once they find what they’re looking for, they will take the time to read each detail. You’ve piqued their interest and now they want to learn more.
In order to get the attention of whoever may be reviewing your resume, make it as easy as possible for the reader to find what they are looking for as quickly as possible. Create clear headings that include the company’s name, your title, and the start and end dates for each position. Include keywords, what your primary responsibilities were, and name some of the results you were able to achieve. Be as clear and concise as possible and keep your resume at no more than 2 pages.
Secret 2: Customize Your Resume
When people say it’s a JOB to find a JOB, they aren’t joking.
Putting a clean resume together is the first step in creating a winning resume. After reviewing a job description and making the decision to submit your application, your work has just begun.
It’s time to tailor your resume to include keywords that match the job description. It’s not enough to simply put a resume together, but taking the time to help the reader make the connection between the job description and your experience is the secret.
For example, if the job description is looking for someone with business relationship experience, go out of your way to include those details in your resume.
If the job description is asking for experience managing large-sized budgets, include an example of how and when you managed a large-sized budget (like $4 million in annual revenue).
This is one of the most time-consuming, but important pieces of putting a winning resume together. Customize your resume for each position you’re applying for and be sure to connect the dots for the reviewer.
Secret 3: Make Your Resume ‘Speak’
You’ve outlined your job history in a clear and concise manner, you’ve tailored your resume to fit each job description, and now it’s time to make your resume stand out from the rest.
Obviously your resume isn’t going to actually SPEAK to the person reading your resume. Rather, your goal is to include something that catches their attention.
This is your ‘Elevator Pitch’ to the employer to get you that one-on-one interview.
In order to make your resume ‘speak’, look at your resume holistically and ask yourself the following questions:
First, does your work history align with the position you’re applying for?
Second, have you included the ‘nice to haves’ that make you unique?
Lastly, why should they hire you?
If you’re able to answer these last three questions, chances are you’ve created a winning resume that will land you your dream job.
About the Author
Sue Schultz is a Career and Life Coach that launched Inspired Integration to support people who feel stuck. Sue provides personalized coaching and group coaching through The Integrated Life Academy. With over 30 years of experience in helping her clients find their dream job and live their best life, she’s ready to help you take that next step. Schedule a chemistry call with Sue today to get started.