It can be difficult to get noticed in a large stack of resumes and cover letters in today’s employment sphere. Despite having many necessary qualifications, it can still feel challenging to stand out in a crowded landscape. However, making modifications and improvements on resumes can often be a great first step in getting additional attention in the job search process, so consider the following tips.
Applying to jobs can often feel like a fulltime job in and of itself and this process can feel time-consuming, however, even when you are applying to multiple jobs with the same field or same title, it is important to customize your resume to best suit that particular job listing. While many jobs within one field may have a similar focus or the same qualifications, each company may vary in their language and priorities. It can be useful to look at the responsibilities in the listing and adjust your skills, experience and objective to reflect the company’s keywords.
Recruiters and hiring managers can often be inundated with an endless pile of materials from applicants for job postings, so it is useful to make sure that every word in your resume counts. Resumes that are filled with fluffy, nondescript words can easily get lost in a large applicant pool, so assess the language you are currently using. Instead of using passive language like “responsible for” consider “managed” or “supervised.” Commanding action words will punch up your resume, giving it a bit more pizazz. Additionally, it can be helpful to paint a picture with your resume, so add numbers and performance metrics to your resume, including some figures and quantifiable accomplishments to help the reader form a clear picture of what you have to offer.
The reader of your resume will often not be interacting with you at the beginning, but rather assessing your fit for a job based upon the words you have provided on your resume. It can be beneficial to provide them with a compelling story of why you are the best candidate for the position. As you are writing your resume, consider how your experience, both professional and education fit into the role you are applying to. Consider your job search and resume as the sales presentation of your life for this job, so it can be helpful to assess how you can paint that picture for the reader to allow them to see how you interpreted the job description and its alignment with your goals, future and skills.
The formatting of your resume can be an incredibly influential element of any resume and application. The level of formality, font, color use and design should be reflective of the industry where you are applying. It is important to understand what the culture and expectation are during any application process, as design-based industries will vary significantly from financial services firms. A resume with formatting that does not align with the company sends the message that the applicant does not have a clear understanding of the culture and industry. This is why it is important to conduct your research before applying, knowing your industry can be crucial.
Proofreading cannot be emphasized too much when it comes to job applications. This is one time that your product needs to be perfection, or as close to it as possible. Typos and errors can send the signal to your potential employer that you were not willing to put the work in during the application process. If proofreading is not your strong suit, consider asking someone you trust to look it over, as a second set of eyes can always help. Keep in mind that they may have feedback, so this is an important time to be open to their constructive criticism and not take it personally, as they are just trying to help you best showcase your talents.
Applying to new jobs can feel tedious, but there are strategies to help you survive the process. By avoiding mishaps and making some minor improvements, you will be likely to stand out vibrantly in a crowded landscape.
Publish Date: January 28, 2020 8:23 PM