Your resume is the first step to landing that next great job — take it from us. Here are our tips to help make your resume really stand out.
Writing a resume can be daunting for a lot of people — it can be challenging to talk, let alone write, about ourselves in a way that connects the dots between your experience and the role you are applying for. But, regardless of how you feel, taking the extra time to tailor your resume for a specific job can be vital in landing an interview.
When tailoring your resume for a specific job, it’s essential to read the job description as a whole and take note of any keywords used or skills and responsibilities mentioned for the position. Then, based on what you know, craft your resume to reflect why your experience and skill set makes you an excellent fit for this specific role. Your resume is a short overview, so you want to use all the available space efficiently — tailoring allows your resume to remain relevant to the hiring manager and paints a picture of why you’re applying.
One trick to help you quickly tailor your resume for jobs is to create one original resume doc. Think of it as a generic resume where you can start listing and describing your skills and experience but with no specific job in mind yet. Then, when you find a job that you’re ready to apply to, copy the content of the original resume into a whole new doc. Now you can edit the new doc using keywords and skills mentioned explicitly in the job description and edit your work history to highlight the responsibilities that make sense for the job you are applying for.