A few small changes could be the only thing standing between you and your next job.
“Whoosh!” — That’s the sound of your résumé passing through your future employers hands. With dozens of candidates fighting for their shot, your résumé needs to stand out.
Business Insider reports that it takes recruiters an average of “six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision” on candidates based on résumés, according to research conducted by TheLadders.
Our five easy tips will help you get that second look you deserve.
1) Customize It
Employers and Hiring Managers are masters at sniffing out canned résumé content. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to personalize your résumé to make it relevant for the position you are applying for. Be creative and demonstrate that you’re the one for the job. Read about their company values and try to mirror them in your language. The more you can reflect what the employer is looking for in your résumé, the better your chances will be.
2) Rethink Your Objective Statement
Experts are divided on the idea of Objective statements. Some say it’s essential, while others recommend leaving it out. Alex Douzet, CEO of TheLadders recommends comparing it to a “30-second elevator pitch,” where you should “explain who you are and what you’re looking for.” Monster.com’s advice is to focus on how you would benefit the employer, not on how the employer would benefit you and to stay away from résumé objectives that state your working preferences.
3) Quantify Your Accomplishments
When listing your professional accomplishments, try to quantify them with results and numbers. Lifehack recommends explaining your proficiency through results, as they give hiring managers and prospective employers a better idea of what you’re capable of and what they can expect from you as an employee. Payscale advises job seekers to leave out their high-school achievements in most cases. Unless you are a recent graduate, your academic success is less relevant than your industry experience.
4) Be Creative With Your Design
It can be as simple as adding a touch of colour or using a designer typeface. Stay away from novelty fonts and be sure to make your important information the focal point of your design. Struggling to find a template you like? Check out Buzzfeed’s list of 27 Beautiful Résumé Designs You’ll Want To Steal.
5) Use the Right Language
Getting clever with your writing can help, but it can also get your résumé filtered out. Some employers receive such a high volume of résumés that they’re only looking for certain keywords. Keep this in mind and make sure your language matches the job description.
If you’ve followed these tips, you’re well on your way to developing a professional résumé document that will help you land the job you deserve.
Good luck and don’t forget to spell check!