Everyone, and everything, has to start somewhere. That includes your resume.
After all, every resume starts with a blank page…
An average of 250 resumes and 100 applications are received for each corporate job opening every day.
So, what does it take to stand out from the crowd and land your dream job? Writing an effective resume remains a good place to start…
After 16 years as a career coach, I’ve probably reviewed over 8,000 resumes, read countless articles and books on the topic, and spoken to hundreds of recruiters about what they look for.
While hiring managers and recruiters have their own personal tastes and styles, some resume writing tips are timeless truths that win them over every time.
Tailoring your resume to the specific type of position you are applying for is one of the most important things you will need to do for your job search. When your resume is broad and unfocused, you will likely be overlooked every time (sorry!). Customizing a tailored resume will not only get the attention of any hiring manager, but it will increase your odds of being called for the interview.
You know that keywords are important for applicant tracking systems (ATS). If your resume doesn’t contain the same keywords that recruiters are searching for, it may never even be seen by a human.
But what happens once your resume does make it past that first hurdle? What are the “keywords” that appeal to recruiters and hiring managers?