If you’re like many others, you scour job opportunities online, find the job you think you’re perfect for, then complete the online application process. Then you wait and hope you’re resume will be selected from the many other applicants. Albeit that many live that same reality, there are ways to make sure your resume makes it to the top of the pile. Here are 5 tips to get your resume to stand out from the crowd.
- Use keywords
The first scan of your resume is not always human. Some organizations rely on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to manage the influx of applications to quickly filter qualifications and experience. To make sure your resume passes this automated step, customize it to include keywords found in the job posting to allow the ATS to scan your resume and pick up on the experience that is in line with the role — making sure you don’t get filtered out.
- Make the link
It’s vital to make the link between your skills and experience, to the role at hand. Simply acknowledging your years of experience in a similar position won’t cut it. Rather, showcase how your experience and skills translate into you being the ideal candidate for the job. By simply finding the link, hiring managers will be able to determine your potential and suitability for the role.
- Find your style
Selecting a style for your resume should be mindful. Choose to lay out your experience and skills in a manner that speaks to your professionalism and personality. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing or designer role, the layout you choose should showcase your creativity by using colours and out of the box layouts that capture your vital information. However, if you’re applying for a role where creativity isn’t a criteria, then try to keep it classic. Keep in mind; solid black fonts and distinct sections will guide the reviewer to find the information they need to assess your suitability.
- Focus on achievements
Your achievements are as important as your past work experiences and skills. It’s your achievements that provides an organization with insight into what you’re capable of. Key achievements to highlight can include how you positively impacted revenue, launched process improvements, implemented best practices — the list goes on. Think strategically when compiling this list as it paints the picture of how you can provide added value to the role and company.
Every job testing tells a story. Companies tend to put the most important elements of the role up front — and your resume should be no different. From experience, to skills, to education — mimic your resume to highlight what is important in the role to catch the attention of the person reading it. From everyone else who has applied, it may just be what makes you stand out.
A lot of time is spent preparing a resume and applying for jobs, so don’t go unnoticed. By tailoring your resume for each job and ensuring you provide the information that will show a future employer what you bring to the table, you will increase your chances of landing an interview.
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