With the job market full of applicants it can often be hard to get your resume to be given the shot it deserves. Generally speaking a resume needs to grab the attention of your potential employer within 15 seconds. Let’s think about that for just a moment…15 seconds is a blink of an eye and that is all you have to get your resume from the no pile to the yes pile. Here are some tips to increase your chances of getting your resume noticed.
- What format should you use? Using a standard resume format is your best bet. Many employers use applicant tracking systems and these systems will register flashy techniques; such as, pictures, color choice, or misleading headings as spam and your resume will be kicked to the curb. Employers are looking for qualified candidates and want to find information about your qualifications quickly and simply. A few key tips are to keep your contact information at the top, make section headings bold, and use bullet points to outline achievements and skills.
- Relevance counts: make sure that your most recent experiences that show you are a qualified candidate are first. This will ensure that your prospective employer can find the information they are looking for easily and quickly.
- Strategically Emphasize: This tip is achieved by using bold, underlining, and italicized tools. Here is where you can grab a potential employer’s attention without them having to read your entire resume. Here is an example: A resume for an Administrative Assistant. Past work experience is working at a dog kennel as the front desk clerk and dog walker would be showcased as the following:
- Dog Kennel Attendant: assisted in all facets of daily kennel operations. Facilitated business sales as the front desk receptionist by answering phones calls, greeting guests, organizing paperwork and following proper intake and exit protocols.Here your potential employer can see that information that would concern the job they are hiring for. This will technique will draw your potential employers’ eyes to specific pertinent information. Be careful with this tool it can easily be overdone.
With these tips you can help your resume be seen and placed in the yes pile. Using these tips effectively will be your best chance at achieving an interview. #abbeysmith #resumeadvice