Please raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like you have lost a job even before an interview or your resume is letting you down? You could have all the skills and experience to make you the best candidate for a role, but if your resume does not attract enough attention, recruiters are not going to notice it. Did you know that some studies suggest it takes less than ten seconds for hiring managers and recruiters to decide whether or not you are a potential fit for the role? So, what can you do to help your resume attract attention? These are the top three tips you can use to improve your resume – and your job search as well!
Tailor the resume to the Role
No two roles are alike. Hence, tailoring your resume to align with the specific requirements outlined for the role is super important when targeting your next challenge and employer. Tailoring grabs attention and ensures that you will be shortlisted and asked to move forward in the hiring process. The good news is tailoring your resume doesn’t require a lot of extra time. Simply focus on ensuring you are speaking to the top three skills listed in the job posting – both in your Summary statement, and when describing areas of responsibilities assigned to you in prior roles. When your resume does not highlight the skills and experience required for the role, you are less likely to be shortlisted – no matter how well written your resume is. So, take the time to find out exactly what your desired employers are looking for and tweak your resume to make those skills stand out. Relevant job postings and company websites serve as a good starting point to research those requirements.
Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!
It’s true, spelling errors and typos are the most common mistakes noticed by recruiters and hiring managers when reviewing resumes. Ideal candidates are expected to have strong written communication skills – not to mention an eye for detail – so grammar mistakes are a big NO-NO! It can damage your credibility and make you look sloppy. Take the time to proofread and be sure to have a second pair of eyes review it as well. Relying solely on the spell and grammar checkers just won’t do.
Always format your resume to ensure that your skills and the aligned experiences are easy to identify. Don’t let formatting errors like inconsistent fonts and bullets; alignment and embedded tables; and awkward white space distract recruiters from what’s important. Stick to the easy to read fonts and divide your resume sections with bold headings and sufficient spacing, for ease of reading and a professional outlook.
Once you have updated your resume with these tips, you will be ready to make that great first impression and be one step closer to landing your dream job.