Via MentalFloss : 11 Brilliant Resume Tricks That Worked
A mildly terrifying, but true, reality: A hiring manager spends 15 to 30 seconds, maximum, looking at your resume before deciding whether it belongs in the “yes” or the “no” pile (and some say they can do it in fewer than 6 seconds. Which means that no matter how qualified for your dream job you may be, none of it matters if your resume can’t prove it in less than a few blinks. Scary, right?
Thankfully, there are a few tweaks you can make to your CV’s content and formatting to help it stand out the way you know it deserves to. Here are 11 tried-and-true tricks, care of the experts, that have actually worked to get a resume into the “yes” pile.
1. KEEP IT CLEAN.
“I’ve spent most of my time in corporate settings, so a format that has clean lines and is easily scannable is best,” says Casey Carr-Jones, PHR, Founder of JumpStartResume. “Remember: A recruiter or hiring manager may only spend 15-30 seconds looking at your resume, so if it’s a big jumbled mess they’ll toss you into the ‘no’ pile without a second thought.”
2. TAILOR YOUR RESUME TO THE JOB YOU’RE APPLYING FOR.
Make sure your resume fits the role, whether it’s corporate or creative, and edit it as you see fit. Resumes that stand out in a bad way, says Carr-Jones, could cost you a job. Her examples? “A cringe-worthy funky design for an accountant position. A three-page resume for a recent college grad with no work experience. An objective statement that reads for a position with Google, not my company.” Don’t let yours be a document that gets discarded simply because of inappropriate formatting (or worse, for listing the wrong company!)
3. UPDATE CONSTANTLY.
The best thing you can do for yourself, just in case your dream job opens up? Keep your resume current. “I’ve seen many friends and colleagues scramble to update or put together a resume last-minute for a dream job,” says Carr-Jones. “Plan ahead and try to revise your resume at least once per year to save yourself the stress and likely sloppy rush job.”
4. SHOW OFF WHY YOU’RE A PERFECT FIT FOR THE ROLE.
Use the structure of your document to make your main qualifiers really pop off the page. “Organize and customize your resume to highlight the transferable skills and experience so they can tell in 10 seconds that you are qualified,” says Carr-Jones. “Focus on the job posting’s terminology and reflect that in your resume and cover letter.”
5. ENLIST AN EXTRA PAIR OF EYES.
After staring at the same objectives and skills for hours (or in some cases, years), you’ll wind up seeing what you want to see, and won’t necessarily be able to recognize any faults. “Send it to a friend or relative who you trust along with the position to which you’re looking to apply,” says Carr-Jones. “Have them proofread for spelling and grammar, and ask for their honest opinion on the content.”
6. USE HARD NUMBERS.
Hiring managers ultimately want to know how you’re going to save them money, so the more you can hit them with facts, the better. “What’s been very successful for candidates I’ve placed with prominent businesses is using hard numbers,” says Mark Rubick, a Cincinnati-based Regional Developer with Patrice & Associates. “A hiring manager will spend 15 to 30 seconds looking at your resume, so put your quantifiable numbers up front and give them a reason to interview you within the first 15 seconds.” Include things like your conversion rate and how much revenue you’ve brought in with your past roles to show how much you could really be “worth” to the company.
7. SEND SOMETHING PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP.
Your resume doesn’t necessarily need to be a traditional one-page document. “Create something people will find hard to throw away—something that can’t be added to a pile of other resumes and forgotten,” says graphic designer Jon Ryder, who cheekily sends his resume on a pill box. “Send something that they think is worth keeping on their desk, even if it’s only for a few days longer than all the other resumes before it’s chucked in a drawer.” Especially if you’re applying for a job in a creative field (we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this route for lawyers or bankers), consider spicing things up a bit with an outside-the-box resume, like one of these.
8. MIRROR THE JOB DESCRIPTION.
If it’s in the job description, it should be on your resume … in the right way. “Using a specific job posting, structure your current or most recent position to reflect the language and responsibilities listed in the posting—in order,” says Jaclyn Westlake, a San Francisco-based career coach. “This trick works because it makes it hard for a recruiter to miss the fact that your experience lines up perfectly with what the company is looking for and shows that you took the time to tailor your resume. It’ll help with keyword optimization, too.”
9. LOAD UP ON KEYWORDS.
“Using word counting tools to scan job postings for relevant and recurring keywords can help you to figure out which terms you should include on your resume,” says Westlake. “You can then create an ‘areas of expertise’ section where you can list each and every keyword you come across. Bonus points if you’re able to weave them into the body of your resume. Loading your resume up with the keywords you find in a job posting will help you to get past those pesky applicant tracking systems and in front of a real live recruiter.”
10. POP IN SOME EASTER EGGS.
Recruiters spend hours (and hours, and hours) reading through boring resumes, so sneaking in fun little “Easter Eggs,” as Westlake calls them, can help you stand out. “It could be something as simple as hiding ‘Crushed the office all-time highest ping pong score’ between a bullet point about your project management and budgeting experience,” says Westlake. “I’ve also had clients purposely include interests that they know the hiring manager shares or a pie chart with a breakdown of their day, in which 5 percent of every day is spent ‘being awesome.’ Just make sure whatever you’re including would still be considered appropriate for the job you’re applying for.”
11. UP YOUR TEMPLATE GAME.
A little bit of design goes a long way. “Most resumes look pretty similar—adding pops of color, leveraging unique layouts, or designing creative headers can really help you to stand out from a sea of black, white, and boring,” says Westlake. Just be sure you don’t sacrifice readability for design.
Via Albawaba : 9 Tips To Write A Job Winning Resume In Less Than 20 Minutes
What does it take to write the perfect resume? Well, there is no right answer to this question. Simply because there is no perfect resume that compels every employer. In each case, you need the perfect individual approach. However, there are some universal tips on this subject.
You can find different articles on the topic or use services to write your resume without any effort. You don’t you like reading long rules and instructions? You cannot entrust this matter to other people even if they are professionals?
This article will help you make the journey to a new job shorter and on your own. You need just 15 minutes for reading and another 15 for creating the perfect document.
Here are 9 basic steps on how to create a perfect CV very fast in a short time.
1. Articulate the position
The title of the desired job position is one of the most important items on your resume. Your fate depends on how clearly you articulate your intentions.
Do not use collocations like “any position”, “specialist”, etc.; as these formulations will not give the employer an idea of what you want. Employers will not waste their time thinking about what to offer you. No specific position is specified – your email will be sent to the bin.
Do not specify several positions in one resume either. Even if you will be equally good at all the positions, you should create several different resumes. Have each one focusing on the experience and skills needed for a particular job. Yes, you will have to spend a little more time, but the result will not wait.
When you send out your document for a job opening, the first line should only say the title of the desired position.
2. Set Your Desired Income in Advance
If there are no salary expectations in a resume, the likelihood of invitation decreases. You can find different statistics on this platform.
This happens due to the fact that the employer needs to minimize the selection time. First of all, they want to invite people whose CV provides comprehensive information – both about the professional level and salary expectations. Second, confidence is a sought-after personality trait; not including your desired income shows the lack of it.
And only when the employer sees what they want, they start to consider candidates.
First of all, you have to decide for yourself which income to specify. Secondly, you have to prepare yourself for possible negotiation.
The most convenient way is to indicate the income that you had at the last place of employment. This is the best option both in terms of feedback and in terms of further negotiations with future employers.
3. Dismiss the Humor
Your resume is a business document. When composing, try to avoid irony, humor, and sarcasm. Once you are employed, you will have plenty of chances to show your personality. In the meantime, an informative business style will bring you much better results than a joke.
4. Keep it Brief
Do not make your resume look like an epic novel by inserting articles, publications, and reflection on the meaning of life. It’s all superfluous.
Your resume should not take more than two pages. Too short of a bio also will not add to your presentation. A summary with the main fields left blank and a comment “I will tell everything in person” will be immediately sent to the bin.
5. Delete Any Unnecessary Personal Information
For your own safety, do not include personal information in your CV – a copy of your ID, the exact address of residence and registration can be omitted.
Apart from that, do not bring your past drama to the new place of work. Only say why you left your last job if you are asked.
6. See if You Really Need Links to Your Profiles on Social Networks
Putting a link to your page on Facebook or other social networks in your resume is not the best thing to do. The employer may start digging and find out too many personal details.
If social networks do not characterize you as a professional, at the time of job search, it is worth thinking about restricting the ability to view your pages, leaving access only to friends and family.
If a link to social media is required by an employer, do some thorough cleaning, and hide everything that might discredit you. Pictures from college parties are good memories, but do you really need everyone to see them?
7. Check Your Resume For Spelling Errors
There should be no grammatical mistakes or misprints on your resume. Such CVs look unprofessional and make a negative impression on the employer. Use services like Grammarly to ensure your letter is immaculate.
8. Information Reliability
Be honest when you’re writing a resume. Knowledge of specific programs, availability of certain skills – all of this is easy to test. You might need to confirm all the information you have given with documented or relevant examples. So make sure you only state relevant facts in the resume.
9. A Relevant Photo
The last but still an extremely important point: the presence of a photo in your document is not mandatory. But if you do decide to accompany your letter with one, remember that it must meet a number of requirements.
The photo must show only one person – you – and your face must be seen clearly. Make sure the picture represents your professional side. Abstain from including a photo taken on a beach, however good it is.
Via Fast Company : Google’s director of talent explains how to write a killer résumé
Here’s what to do to make yours stand out from the pack, says Google’s director of talent and outreach, Kyle Ewing.
Last year, Google received more applications than any other year—nearly 3.3 million. It’s no surprise that a lot of people want to work at Google, but what’s interesting is that the tech giant doesn’t use a bot to screen résumés. A real person reads every one.
“At Google, we still rely on humans for hiring—it’s the most important thing we do,” says Google’s director of talent and outreach, Kyle Ewing. “We train folks to look at résumés for skills and competency. For the candidate, the most important thing to consider is how that piece of paper can properly reflect all of your dimensions.”
Whether you’re looking for a new job or simply giving your résumé a refresh, knowing what companies such as Google train their HR team to look for can help you stand out. Here are four things to include:
1. YOUR EXPERIENCE
Look at your résumé as an opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments. “We encourage folks to think about not just where they worked or went to school, but to convey the experience they gained and the lessons they learned,” says Ewing.
If you’re a recent grad, include experiences such as academic research, tutoring experience, and recent student group or class projects, she says. Also, showcase professional accomplishments as well as highlight the intersections of work and life.
“If you volunteer or have a passion project or side hustle, adding those things tell a better story about you beyond work—a holistic candidate narrative,” she says. “At Google what you add to our culture is what you contribute beyond nine to five. We know experience comes in many different forms.”
2. YOUR RESULTS AND IMPACT
In addition to what you learned, think about the impact you’ve made in your previous roles and projects. People are often taught to use data in a résumé, but it needs to be connected to impact, says Ewing.
“Include sentences to describe that data,” says Ewing. “You need language to bring it together.”
If you are applying for a business role—in account management, for instance—convey your experience by sharing what you accomplished, how it was measured, and how it was done. For example, “I grew revenue from 15 small business clients by 10% quarter-over-quarter by mapping new software features as solutions to their business goals.”
This framework can also apply to any relevant leadership positions, university honors, or other types of recognition. “It’s okay to humblebrag, but there is a way to do it with humility,” says Ewing.
3. CRITICAL LANGUAGE AND KEYWORDS
As you share your experience and results, consider the job description as a guide for identifying the attributes to highlight.
“Pay close attention to these keywords as they’re often what recruiters look for on résumés to fill specific roles,” says Ewing. “One shortcut is to actively highlight any critical words in a job post that align with your existing skills and knowledge, and include what’s relevant in your résumé.”
Ewing suggests using bullet points to help recruiters stay engaged. Then demonstrate how you possess the skills.
4. WHAT YOU CAN ADD TO AN ORGANIZATION
Ewing says she wants the candidate to explain what they bring to the organization, not just what makes them a fit for the role.
“Since your résumé is often your first impression to recruiters, depending on the role and your seniority, consider adding a short summary section at the top,” she says. “Focus on relevant work experience and what you can add to the organization.”
You can also add value by providing qualitative and quantitative examples of previous experience, rather than a list of recent job roles.
“At Google, we’re committed to assessing candidates based on their competencies, not only their credentials,” says Ewing. “And since there’s no one kind of Googler, we’re always looking for people who bring new perspectives and life experiences to help us build stronger teams, products, and services.”
Creating a résumé can feel clinical and like a chore, but Ewing cautions candidates to be careful when they craft theirs. “Don’t do it when you’ve had a terrible day at work, are at the end of your rope, and want a new job,” she says. “Instead, get in the habit of updating it every January. Approach it with a self-care lens so that thoughtfulness can shine through.”
Via The Ladders : What is a functional resume and why it can work for your job search
It’s 11:06 AM and you’re sitting at your laptop in your kitchen, applying for positions. As a job seeker who is returning to the workforce after a long hiatus spent traveling in Southeast Asia, you’re sure that your long list of career skills could get you a job almost anywhere. But how will you compensate for your employment gaps and lack of relevant experience?
For job seekers who are confident about their talents and expertise and want to capitalize on their high level of technical skill, a functional resume can be an excellent job search tool. What is a functional resume? A functional resume is a resume that is structured around your training, skills, and expertise, as opposed to the positions you have held. It can be useful for a range of
job seekers, including:
● People with employment gaps
● People in creative or technical occupations
● People with specialized vocational training or experience
● People who don’t have much work experience
● People whose work history is not related to the job they seek
While most recruiters and interviewers prefer a chronological resume, or a resume which focuses on your job history, people who are confident about their skill set may want to consider using a functional resume to highlight their exceptional command of relevant skills. Especially if a job requires a brilliant command of specialized knowledge and expertise, a functional resume
can help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate the depth and breadth of your talent.
However, because of its unpopularity, it should only be used by those who can’t create a chronological resume – or those who are so confident in their abilities that a functional resume will speak for itself. For the latter group of people, a combination resume might be the better bet.
A combination resume is a resume that lists functional skills and training first, and then chronicles your work history.
Read on for an example of a functional resume that sings with authority. As you play with formats and wording, keep in mind that the goal is to position yourself as a unicorn, a one-in-1K expert whose creative and masterful command of their craft would be an asset to any organization. Take your time, do plenty of revisions, and consider asking a colleague or resume
expert for feedback if you can.
476 San Jose Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 90775
ONLINE MARKETING SPECIALIST
Highly-successful marketing professional with track record of high-impact campaigns Inventive, detail-oriented marketer with skills in content marketing, analytics, branding, sales and Internet advertising.
Key skills include:
Copywriting and editing
Certified in Google Analytics
Certified in online marketing
Certified in branding and UX
Led a marketing team of MBAs through a six-week rebranding process for a major Ohio-based manufacturer that resulted in a 3% increase in net revenue
Assessed sales and marketing analytics for a range of companies and successfully implemented changes in direction that resulted in increased advertising efficiency
Designed an interface for an up-and-coming New York-based author and indie publisher that became one of the most-visited sites in her field of interest
Created campaigns for e-commerce and tech companies that incorporated content, advertising and other strategies to significantly increase net revenue and number of leads
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications, 2013
Via Money : 5 Resume Skills That Will Impress Any Hiring Manager
Knowing what to put on the “skills” section of your resume can sometimes feel like a top-secret code that only hiring managers have the answer to. How important is it to include your sort-of-intermediate-but-actually-very-basic French language skills? Does anyone actually care if you’re a “team player?” Should you simply litter the page with fancy buzzwords like “synergy” or “optimization” and then pray that no one ever actually asks you about them?
The truth is, every job opening is different, and so is the expertise required to land it. But if you want to get a foot in the door, here are some sought-after skills employers are always happy to see on your resume, regardless of job title.
Super Specific Communication Skills
Like I said, nobody cares that you’re a “team player.” But copywriting, digital writing, and other nitty gritty communication skills can give you an undeniable advantage, says Matthew Warzel, a professional resume writer and career coach.
Think about the forms of communication you’re a pro at. Maybe you rewrote a section of your company’s etiquette protocols to make it easier for employees to understand. Or you spent every morning editing all of your boss’s grammatical errors out of press releases. That’s valuable, Warzel says.
Customer management tools like Salesforce are great to have on a resume, but they’re not the only skills that prove you know how to handle peoples’ needs.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve worked as a preschool teacher or an account manager, you’ve likely had to maintain expectations as the “face” of your employer.
“Whether you deal with customers, clients, or prospects, you are still representative of the company,” says Ron Auerbach, a career coach and author of Think Like An Interviewer. “The service you provide is reflective of how the company handles things.”
While I’m at it: You probably have some project management experience under your belt, too.
Maybe you supervised an intern for the summer, or hired a team of contract workers to rebuild the company’s warehouse. These are skills hiring managers want to hear about.
If you’re stuck, Warzel says to tally up your daily tasks and see how they fit together as a full-on project. “Most times, employees know they’re doing a ‘project’ because it tends to be mentioned throughout the business the entire time they’re working on it,” he says.
Just because you don’t feel like a project manager doesn’t mean you’re not actively managing a project.
Social Media (Don’t Roll Your Eyes)
“Having a thorough understanding of each of the most popular social media apps will make you a good candidate for many positions out there,” says Peter Yang, the CEO of ResumeGo.
Does this mean you need to be a high-profile influencer with thousands of “followers?” Absolutely not. But knowing the basic functions of major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn signals to employers that you’re keeping up with changing forms of digital communication — especially if you’re not a millennial.
“It shows you are someone who’s still constantly adapting and constantly evolving with the world around you, despite not being born during the digital era,” Yang says.
The best way to showcase your accomplishments is by giving numerical values to the work you’ve done.
“If you list tasks you’ve completed, it shows you’re average,” says Stephanie Thoma, a networking strategy coach. “On the other hand, if you use hard stats like percentages that show you increased sales, you’ll prove the value you can bring to the company.”
What if you have nothing measurable to show for your work? Or your previous responsibilities were more abstract?
“If you don’t have quantifiers then every line should be ‘how did I affect the bottom line?’” Warzel says.
For example, if you helped get everyone in your office onto an instant messaging tool like Slack or Google Hangouts, talk about how that increased workplace productivity. If you found an easier way for the accounting team to bill clients, you could say you “spearheaded a secure process for quick financial transactions.”
The best thing you can do is talk yourself up. And using strong, specific examples on your resume can be the difference between an interview and the trash can.