Revamped Resumes: New Ways to Stand Out
In today’s digital age, the process of submitting a resume can be as simple as clicking a single button. But because of how easy it is to just send one in, recruiters end up being bombarded with a deluge of resumes. With dozens, maybe even hundreds, of applicants vying for the same position, your resume might just end up being lost in the void.
So what do you need to do to get your resume noticed? Here are three useful tips that will help you stand out from the crowd.
Grab Attention… Quickly
Like marketing materials received in your inbox, it could be useful to adopt the same principles that these emails do. On the off-chance that someone actually opens these messages, they make sure that the first thing that the recipient sees gives them all the necessary information while enticing them to find out more. Think of your resume as an ad and make sure that whatever you put at the top is eye-catching enough to make the reader want to learn more.
For example, you can use a header such as “Results-driven Digital Marketing Strategist” to sum up your personality and work experience in one simple statement.
Keep it Concise
Short and simple is the way to go. The more a potential employer has to read, the more likely they are to get bored and dismiss your resume.
There is some debate on how long a resume should be – some say that two pages is the limit, while others even argue that a resume should never exceed a single page. While there is no hard and fast rule, the general idea is that you should exclude anything irrelevant or redundant. You may be proud of your experience as a salesperson, but it may not be important to write about it in detail if you are applying to be a graphics designer.
Know What They Want and Give it to Them
Recruiters tend not to have the time or luxury to read everything that you write. They often skim through resumes looking for keywords that are applicable to the positions they are hiring for. Some even use programmes with algorithms that weed out supposedly irrelevant resumes.
Be smart and make sure that you are selling what they want to ‘buy’. Go through their job posting and tweak your resume to fit the listed requirements – recruiters often use the same job description as a method of screening. So go ahead and change “supervised” to “managed” in your resume if that is the wording they have used.
Update your resume and let your next job find you.