Resume Help and Guides
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The Importance of a Great Resume
Your resume is an elevator pitch for you as a worker. It’s as simple as that.
Unfortunately, building the perfect resume isn’t that simple. Creating your resume takes time and effort. It can be a taxing and nerve-wracking process. Pouring over wording and job experiences can wear you out before applying to a job posting.
While we can blabber on for hours about resume help, we will break it down (time is money, after all).
Here are 5 crucial tips for your resume.
1. Create an Eye-Catching Layout
While the content of your resume is the true benefactor in landing a dream job, the aesthetic is the first punch. Overall, you want to grab the attention of the hiring manager before they begin to read. They see hundreds of resumes a day. How can you make yours stand out?
We recommend building a resume that is simple and clean. It should be no more than one page and have an aesthetically-pleasing design. Word processors like Microsoft Office and Google Docs have resume templates available for free. Start there!
Try to keep your resume from being too colorful, though. We recommend sticking to one color besides black text. Sure, you want to be eye-catching, but you want to be professional, too.
2. Include a Title
Right under your name should be your title. What are you? What do you do? This exudes confidence and lets the hiring manager know exactly who you are.
Do not be humble here. Even if you are applying for an entry-level job, state that is what you are. You have the background knowledge and tools. For example; if you are applying for an entry-level accounting job and you have a degree in accounting, then say you are an accountant. It’s not a lie. You have the correct skills.
Let the company know what you are immediately. This shows that you are confident in your skills.
3. Keep Work History in Chronological Order
The work history is the most important part of your resume. Ultimately, it’s the bread and butter of you as a worker. It not only showcases your proven abilities, but it also shows how reliable you’ve been for other employers.
While it may seem ideal to put the most applicable job at the top of the list, it’s not ideal. Hiring managers want to see that you’ve been working consistently until the present day. Having your work experience in chronological order shows that there are no gaps in your employment. Sure, your most recent job may not apply to the skills of the role you’re applying for, but it still shows your consistency. Just note the job and write a sentence or two. Leave more space to describe the later jobs that are applicable.
4. Don’t Waste Space With Generic Skills
Hardworking and communicable seem like unnecessary words to stuff your resume with.
If you have skills that are outside of your work experience, list them. Be efficient about it, as always.
For example, if you usually work in the graphic design field, but are applying for a content creation role and have outside experience with video-editing software, list it. Say “Fluent in XYZ software.”
Henceforth, make a quick list of the things that make you special outside of your past jobs.
Furthermore, include examples of your skills in your work experience section. When describing former jobs, use keywords related to the work that you did. This is the way to show your skillset without taking up valuable space. Leave the skills section for the attributes you have outside of your work history.
5. Follow Up!
Everyone makes mistakes. Even if a job doesn’t respond to your resume, it doesn’t mean they weren’t impressed. It’s possible that the resume fell to the wayside or is hidden amongst a stack of applications.
It is okay to reach out to the employer to follow up on an application. In fact, it shows your dedication and commitment to winning the gig.
Give the hiring manager a week to view your resume. If they do not, send a polite email asking if they received it. It’s as easy as that. No need to rant about how much you want the job or how qualified you are. Simply ask if they received your application.
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Simply reach out to us and we will respond with an available schedule. Let’s win you that dream job!
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