Your Job Search Could Be Maligned By Your Resume
Written by Nick Curtin
In today’s job search, people seeking employment are judged by their digital presence. This presence covers a myriad of areas, but is mainly encompassed by your resume. Whether it is posted in a job aggregator, job board, or emailed into human resources – that digital piece of paper will be scanned, scrutinized, and settled in 60 seconds. The resume is a double-edged sword – it can be the key or the obstruction to the doors of opportunity. In 2014, there are some key aspects to keep in mind before sending out a resume: location, key wording, grammatical errors, technology, achievements, and formatting.
Every open space on a resume is a valuable piece of real estate. Take advantage of it! Do not bother with your address or the address’s of your places of work. These are often only negating factor, as it will be ASSUMED that certain job sites are too far of a commute for the individual. In my experience, I expect that when a candidate applies for a position, they know where the job site is located and are prepared for the commute. Therefore, do not give a recruiter a chance to deny you based on your location. If you are a qualified candidate, the unknown location will only fuel them to follow up with you.
Before you hit the ‘Apply’ button be sure that you have incorporated the job description within your resume. Not only should you have read the job description you are applying to, but other company’s descriptions of similar positions as well. Then use their key words against them and immerse them within your resume. This tactic is especially important when you are posting the resume on a job board. The more industry related keywords you use in your resume/profile, the more traffic that will be driven to it.
How can you say you are ‘detail oriented’ if your resume is abound with grammatical errors and nonsensical phrases. I have worked with many hiring managers that will throw out your resume on the first error. Your resume is an extension of yourself. Have it reviewed by your family, peers, colleagues, etc. Opinions are like butts elbows we all have them. You do not have to heed everyone’s opinion, but the important part is that you are now cognizant of many points of view dealing with your resume. Thereby allowing you to make informed decisions on the content.
As technology goes, so does the world. We are obligated to be familiar with certain softwares as a foundation block for most position. Upon which, we build and familiarize ourselves with the specified technology that is incorporated within our given fields. Be sure to list any all and technology that you were exposed to, along with your level of expertise. (You can gain degrees of competency for many software programs if you watch YouTube Tutorials on them – food for thought).
As important as listing your duties for each job may be, writing out your achievements for each position is just as important. No matter how small, if you are proud of a contribution at your past employment, list it! Preferably, with data/numbers aligned with your achievements to reinforce it.. Recruiters/Hiring managers love numbers!
Unless you are applying for a Graphic Designer position, we would recommend sticking with the traditional black typeface on a light sheet of paper. Furthermore, you should only use one size typeface throughout the whole resume (except for your name), emphasize your job titles – not the companies you worked at, and align everything to the left. Many, but not all, are taught to read left to right, thereby streamlining your resume to those natural tendencies will only aid your resume review.
There may be different opinions on the key aspects of building a resume, but these 6 should provide a solid foundation for you to build upon. If you would like to debate any said points, please feel free to tweet at us or post on our Facebook. We would be more than happy to hear your opinions!