If you want to customize your resume to get the job you want instead of settling for the one you can get, this video will provide you with the steps to do just that. Beyond using keywords and important key phrases, you will learn additional strategies for catching the attention of your future employer.
- Using your resume to position yourself for the job you want takes quite a lot of time and effort and your professional experience is the most important section of your resume. In this video we are going to continue using the job description labeled manager, human resources, which can be found in your exercise files, so go ahead and open that up now. While the other sections of your resume are important they cannot stand alone, but your professional experience can.
It contains all of the information that a potential employer wants to know, or at least it will once you're done with this video. So let's dive into that job description again. Let's refer back to the places that I highlighted as being important and remember, these key items often include words like must, minimum, or strong. Once you have a particular job description and job you're applying to you need to make sure that every key item that was mentioned appears at least once on your resume and in this section if you want to get this particular job.
By this point in the process you have searched the job description for key phrases and important requirements, you've determined what the hiring manager's pain point is, and what type of person they need to fill this particular position, and you have added keywords to your resume as applicable. So now let's look at some of the subtle things you can do beyond adding keywords and phrases found in the job description. If you really want to position yourself for the job you want you need to give them what they're looking for and then add what they didn't ask for.
You do this by reviewing job descriptions for their competitors. If you're applying to work at HP look at Dell, Microsoft, and Apple. Review job descriptions for similar positions to see if they word things differently. Maybe they included additional responsibilities that you have experience with that were not included in the job description for the job you're applying to. Make sure the added information is relevant and doing this will make your resume stand out above those who simply parroted a few of the keywords directly from the job description.
Place the most important and relevant information within the first two bullet points of your experience to capture the reader's attention. If you trained employees in a manufacturing environment in Spanish that would be something to place in one of your first bullet points, because it captures three requirements all at once. Don't bury it in bullet number six, because the person reviewing your resume may never get that far. You got the hang of this yet? Remember to use keywords and relevant experience to make your resume the answer to the question the interviewer didn't even realize they asked.
Solve their problem and your resume will rise to the top of the call for interview pile.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for