Job hunting can be extraordinarily exhausting. It can be especially taxing when you feel like you’re not getting much response. Submitting your resume to dozens of employers week after week can feel like you’re fishing without a hook. However, one of the most effective things you can do to get a bite from potential employers is to spruce up your resume and cover letter. Let’s take a look at exactly what it takes to get the perfect professional resume you’ve been dreaming of.
One page resumes need to die? Absolutely, positively, and unequivocally. Unfortunately, the myth of one page resumes keeps getting perpetuated by well-intentioned yet hopelessly outdated career centers advising people to keep it short and sweet. But the real problem lies in the fact that in containing a compelling work history to only a single page, many people don’t really get to tell the whole story.
When drafting a resume, the one piece of paper that’s going to convince someone to give you a job based on your concrete accomplishments, what should you do instead of writing a paragraph of adjectives to describe what you did in a convincing way?
Get rid of all that and quantify accomplishments with numbers.
After posting an open position, hiring managers don’t have time to review every resume that’s submitted. You can gain an advantage by learning to craft the perfect resume summary. Your summary statement is a brief paragraph placed at the top of a resume (but after your contact information) that states your qualifications for the job.
Follow these steps to carefully tailor your resume for each job. Sure, it’s extra effort.
But by doing so, you’ll become that candidate who’ll make a recruiter jump on their swivel chair a la Tom Cruise, and shout “Finally… got one!”
You know that Facebook friend you have who’s plastered across your dashboard because they tend to overshare?
Yeah, that stuff is just as obnoxious on your resume, except you’re going to be the one who loses out…