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Five Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed

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Five Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed

Let’s face it, the economy isn’t where it used to be five years ago. Corporate profits are down, people are struggling to make ends meet and the unemployment rate is staggeringly high. Those that are employed should be fortunate and those that aren’t, there still is hope. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when submitting a resume is keeping it generic. Ask yourself when the last time you’ve sat down and tailored your resume to the job you’re applying to? Not very often? In fact most applicants will submit the same resume to different employment opportunities which is a colossal no no. Here are some tips to getting your resume noticed.

1) Keep your resume concise and get to the point. The last thing a recruiter wants to see is random jargon of corporate buzz words. They want to get to know you and get a sense of what you’re about. Be clear and concise about your accomplishments and core job duties. Most importantly tailor your resume to the job you’re applying to. This might include modifying the bullet points to duties that are relevant.

2) State the most important facts up top. Most recruiters and/or hiring managers will skim the first few lines of each job so your want to state your core message within the first 2-3 lines. Make your resume results driven and less about what you’re expected to do. For example avoid statements such as “Managed project ABC through collaboration with finance, IT and sales”….BORING…..instead write something that demonstrates your success such as “The ABC Project was intended to improve cost control through project X where I lead the project team through the transition. The result was a savings of X% to the bottom line”.  Something like this outlines what the objective was, your role and the results.

3) Exclude irrelevant experience. A recruiters or hiring manager’s time is important and the last thing you want to do is waste their time. If you’ve been working ever since you were 16 and now have 15-20 years of experience, it’s ok to exclude past experience and keep experience that is relevant to the job that you are applying to. In fact, some hiring managers get irritated if they have to read through experience that isn’t relevant. You’re resume is your first impression, hook in the reader rather than bore them.

4) Be mindful of your social networks. I have seen countless times when there is a discrepancy between a resume that a candidate has submitted and that of what was posted on social networks such as LinkedIn. If you’re title on the resume states financial manager throughout 2012 yet your profile states financial analyst on LinkedIn throughout 2012, then we have a discrepancy, dishonesty and loss of credibility. I am suggesting that you keep it honest and consistent (and if you do plan to fib, be smart about it…although I don’t recommend this).

5) Be yourself in your resume. The last thing you want to do is making yourself out to be a super god of employees only to find out you’re nothing close to it. I have interviewed people whose resume’s make them out to be a future CEO of the company yet when you meet them they can’t back up their facts or their personality is completely different. Just be yourself in the resume and the consistency behind how you describe yourself and how you act will only help you with job prospects.

When you do apply for jobs just keep these tips in mind. A sixth point that I will briefly mention is not to over apply to a given company. This gives off the feeling of desperation. If you really feel you can do the job and have the relevant skills to back it up then apply with reason and justify your candidacy in your cover letter. Most importantly keep a positive outlook when applying to your next job. How you convey yourself will sound only that much better. Good luck

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