So, you’re looking for a new job. You’ve scoured the classifieds, asked everyone you know, and finally, a perfect job is available. Or at least a good job. And they want your résumé. Along with those of 34 other people. How to separate yours from the rest of the pack? You have to make your résumé more than just a list of facts. Your work has to sell you.
Here are a few of tips to help take the bland out of your résumé and help you land that gig.
Don’t be humble
The natural instinct most people have is not to boast, not to promote themselves, and to show humility. That’s a commendable strategy for most social situations, as no one wants to be around someone talking about how great they are all the time. It is, however, the exact opposite of what you need to be doing in a résumé. This is your only chance to get your foot in the door and to show a prospective employer exactly why they should want to hire you.
If your claims of excellence and expertise are backed up by your work history or through a check of your references, don’t hesitate to include them. You could be omitting the key a hiring manager needs to see in order to consider you for the position.
Cut the fluff
You know what an HR rep doesn’t want to do after reading two dozen résumés and cover letters? Read another résumé and cover letter. Help them out by including only the most important information and dumping things that don’t get your message across. Have a degree, or even attended some college? Then you don’t need to put your high school diploma on your résumé, even if you were captain of the debate team. That gig you had waiting tables while in school? An accounting firm doesn’t care. You need your resume to be concise and to the point; this will make your resume stand out and increase your chances of securing an interview.
Your résumé has one goal: to make you look like the best possible candidate for that job. Every single word should be crafted with that one goal in mind. Avoid a passive voice and use active verbs because they are more authoritative. Actions and responsibilities are more important than job titles. If you had people working under you, cite your leadership experience. Bold, assertive word choices (“robust” results, “relentless” attitude) help your accomplishments stand out.
Your résumé has to sell you in order to find the next step on the career ladder. We can help you achieve that goal. Get in touch with us today to find out all the ways we can give you a leg up in your search!