Thousands of resumes are submitted for one job posting. Busy hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds on a resume in order to meet the volume. Assuming you actually passed the Applicant Tracking System that most companies use, how does your resume stand out to meet these expectations?
Attention to Detail
Your resume needs to be error-free, both spelling and grammar. You should also ensure your resume lacks any glaring formatting issues.
Tailored To Fit Job
Your resume should be tailored to the job description. Keywords from the job description should be sprinkled throughout the resume, so that your resume mirrors the job you seek. This allows you to bypass applicant tracking systems and also shows the hiring manager that you’re capable of doing the job. Ideally, you should have a unique resume for each job position. If you don’t have the time or dedication to create one then, at the very least, you need to have a unique resume for each type of job.
For example, are you applying to be a manager? An operations leader? An account executive? Your resume needs to clearly show the general skills that you have that matches the position you seek. The more specific your resume is to the job, the better, but in general, you should not be using one resume for wildly different positions or industries. Take the time to create a resume that clearly highlights your accomplishments in relation to the job description.
Relevant skill sets
Your resume needs to clearly highlight why you’re the best fit of the job, so make sure all of your relevant skill sets are clearly illustrated in your resume.
For example, This might entail creating a section that clearly points out your product management skills. The hardest part is that most people are very bad at marketing themselves, and figuring out what they’re good at or what unique skill sets they bring to the table. Ask a friend, a colleague who knows you, or a business professional to help you brainstorm all of your skills and the accomplishments you’ve gained, regardless of their sizes or impact. A hiring manager simply wants to see whether you are capable of doing the job. Show this clearly in the resume.
People can get wildly creative with their resumes, but at the end of the day, a functionality beats creativity. A hiring manager needs to see in very easy terms, whether you can do the job, so they can quickly decide whether to bring you into the interview and learn more about you.
Make this easy for the hiring manager. Resumes that are wildly unique or uses color ineffectively, won’t win you the job. It might look good on Instagram, but a hiring manager is mainly pattern matching, looking for clues quickly in your resume that illustrate you’re capable to do the position. As a result, having a functional resume that clearly show yours relevant skills and accomplishments is the best bet. This means the effective use of white space, headers, bold fonts, and the right amount of digestible text for each bullet point.
Dazzle your hiring manager in person during the interview with stories that illustrate your creativity and the successes you’ve had or through your LinkedIn profile. Leave the creativity off your resume.
Relevant Recent Position
The first thing that a hiring manager looks at is your most recent position. Make sure that it’s thorough and clearly illustrates applicable skills that you could use for this job. If it doesn’t, create a resume that clearly shows at the beginning your most relevant skills. A hiring manager spends the most time at the top of the resume so make sure that the person can quickly glean the necessary information so they would be more compelled to reach out to you for an interview.
Remember, the resume is simply a marketing tool used to get you an interview. Ruthlessly eliminate anything that doesn’t serve this goal. You want the hiring manager to see clearly why you may be the right person for the job, and your resume should push them forward to seek out an interview with you.