A resume can be complicated to write if you don’t have much experience doing it. It took me a few years to perfect my own resume and now I write other peoples’ resumes for a small fee. Overtime, I have noticed common things people do or don’t do that may cause their resumes to get overlooked. But no worries, I MADE A LIST! Below are The 8 Things You Should Do To Your Resume If You Actually Want It To Get Looked At.
1. Have separate resumes for separate fields of employment. Your resume should be catered to the field you are applying to. Your skills, education, experience and achievements should all be relevant to the job you are applying for.
If you are applying for a job as a law firm secretary, do not fill the page up with McDonald work history from four years ago. Let it go. If you are applying to more than one field, you should have a separate resume for each field.
In other words, don’t use a nursing resume for a job at a department store. Rather, make a new resume highlighting the experience and skills you have that would be beneficial to a department store.
2. Cut it down to one page. If possible, try to fit everything onto one page. Some won’t be able to do this, especially if you have a career of experience, education and achievements already under your belt.
However, most people are able to organize their experience onto a single page and if you are one of those people, do it! It will help your chances.
Hiring managers have a handful of applications and resumes to go through. You would make it a lot easier on them by keeping it short and to the point.
Tip: Use bullet points instead of long sentences to organize your resume.
3. Take advantage of the work experience/history section. Do not just list off basic job duties under your work experience/history section. List how you were able to contribute to that job through those duties.
For instance, if you were the employee of the month at JC Penny, add that under the JC Penny section. If you helped the company meet a quota or deadline that helped them out, put it on there. BRAG on what you did.
Even if all you did was volunteered to stay late and close so others wouldn’t have to. Include it under work history for that job. That helps boost morale, employers care about that kind of stuff.
Telling them you stapled papers and stocked the supply closet is very dry, boring and anyone-can-do-it ish. It doesn’t tell them anything about you and your capabilities as an employee.
4. Clean up your email address. Any email address you use for work purposes should include your first and last name.
Do not have a well, thought out professional resume with DarkVadoroftheUnderworld827@gmail.com as your email address.
Try to make it as close to your professional name as gmail, yahoo or whatever will allow you to.
5. Use numbers as much as possible. Instead of writing, “helped with training classes”, write, “helped with six training classes.”
Including real numbers on your work history will make your information seem more accurate. Not only that, but it gives the employer a better idea of how experienced you actually are when performing a specific task.
Another way to include numbers is by saying things like, “responsible for cleaning seventeen tables daily” or “oversaw another department for three months while supervisor was out for surgery”.
The point is to be specific. It will add more credibility to your resume.
Here is a sample resume to give you an idea of how these tips work on paper!
6. Find keywords and add them to your resume. Nowadays, some companies don’t actually go through resumes manually. Some companies have computers that will skim through resumes for specific keywords and only pull the ones that share those keywords.
To prep your resume for this, skim over the job description and pull out specific words to include on your resume.
Example: If they list that the position requires someone with good attention to detail, try to work attention to detail into your resume. That way, the computer will match your resume to their algorithms.
Tip: Keywords are especially important if you are applying through third party sites like Indeed, Career Builder, LinkedIn etc. So many applicants one-click upload their resumes from these sites, so companies are more likely to use the computers to sort through resumes from third party sites.
7. Add a skills section. Add a section to your resume that includes all of the relevant skills you have that match this industry. This is a great way to include keywords because many times, the keywords ARE skills.
I love the skills section because it gives you somewhere to include all the things you know how to do. You can use this section to list certifications and licences as well.
8. Use your city and state instead of your house address. This isn’t an editing tip. This is a safety tip. A lot of websites and other sources will tell you to put your full home address on your resume for contact purposes.
I wouldn’t recommend this since your resume can land in the hands of multiple people. And you don’t want a bunch of strangers having such sensitive information about you.
Instead, just put your city and state for the location. Most employers only want to know whether you are local or not because some jobs only accept local candidates.
Hopefully these eight tips will help you boost your resume views. If you want more information or need help writing your resume, I offer resume writing services.