You read that headline and it grabbed your attention isn’t it? That is what your resume should do, get the attention of the hiring manager. But one important tip, no resume however good it may be will get you that job if you don’t have the qualifications for the job. However a badly written resume can make a hiring manager ignore you, even if you have the right qualifications. So here are a few tips.
1] Your resume must suit ATS
Most companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS). This is a software that many employers use to screen job applicants. So ensure that you tweak your resume to suit it. One way to do this is to include all the right keywords. The right keywords are those that the employer has included in the job posting. Make sure that every time you apply for a job, you make the small changes in your existing resume to include these keywords. If you don’t do this, when the software parses your resume, it will search for these keywords and reject it if it can’t find them.
2] Use the right fonts
Many candidates make a mistake by choosing a fancy font for their resume. Do remember that it is best to keep your resume simple when it comes to fonts and layouts. Particularly when it comes to ATS, they don’t like surprises. So understanding a little about how these candidate sourcing software work is good. Use standard business fonts like Times, Arial, Georgia, Courier, Verdana or Calibiri. Also use bullet points and action-oriented words to make your resume more crisp and understandable.
3] Your resume should match the job posting
I have mentioned this already but make sure you have the basic qualifications needed for the job. The qualifications needed are usually listed within the job posting. If you don’t have at least the minimum qualifications you will just not be considered.
4] Focus on accomplishments and numbers
Hiring managers want to know what you have accomplished in your previous jobs and not just your job responsibilities. Also employers are looking for quantifiable achievements. Include numbers where possible and not just the words. For example write 40% rather than forty percent. Also don’t lead your resume with your educational qualifications. While it is important it should come at the end, your career job positions are more important.
5] Your LinkedIn profile is important
Hiring managers are always going to check your LinkedIn profile so including the URL at the end of your resume is a good idea. If you don’t have a profile, it is time you made one. Also get your colleagues to add their recommendations. It also helps if you personalize your LinkedIn URL to include your name.
And don’t forget to proof read your resume. Any grammatical errors will create a negative impression. Some candidates send their resume in the form of a pdf so that formatting does not get affected when it is sent. So unless the employer specifies otherwise, the norm today is to send it as a pdf.
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