The expression “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” rings extremely true when it comes to resumes. And think of it this way; Which would you rather have: A gourmet burger carefully prepared and cooked to perfection, or a hastily put together, overcooked patty with a little ketchup and mustard thrown on and a soggy bun? You’d probably want the one that had care and attention paid to it, and the same goes for resumes. When you consider that for any given position, hiring managers can receive 250+ applications, you better make sure yours doesn’t have that soggy bun look to it.
Start with a master resume.
You may have put together a resume within the last year that has all of your basics on it: Work history, skills, and basic information. Consider that your master resume, the one from which all others will come. Then you can revamp, move things around, and emphasize certain information based on each separate application. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel each time; the master resume will save you time and stress.
Make keywords your friends.
Considering the average resume gets no more than six seconds of viewing, you need to catch a hiring manager’s eye (or the hiring software’s scanning feature) and do so quickly. Look carefully at the job description and pull out keywords that you can then sprinkle throughout your resume. Whether human or software, each quickly scans for those words that tell they’ve got someone who fits the description. A good match means you move on to the next round.
Tailor your resume using these four points.
Once you have your master resume and know what skills they want, use one of these categories to specialize your resume:
- Job-related skills: Those absolutely necessary to do the job
- Transferrable skills: Skills that go easily from one job to another such as knowing Microsoft Excel
- Adaptive skills: Skills you use in everyday life such as reliability and integrity
Generic works great for buying things at the drugstore, it makes you indistinguishable as a job candidate. Tailor your resume to stand out from the crowd, and use PrideStaff to help you find the position that best fits you.