Are you happy with your job? Or do you, like more than 85% of people worldwide, feel unfulfilled and unengaged at work? You want and deserve a more meaningful career, but the job market is full of qualified applicants. You need a resume that will stand out and actually get you the job you want! Here are key things to remember when you’re writing a resume.
Writing a Resume That Works
Know What You Want: The first step in writing a resume for the career you want is to know exactly what it is you want. Ask yourself what your life might be like in a year, five years, ten years, in any number of careers.
Know Yourself: Write a list of your strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments and goals. Note what you are proud of or what you might like to change.
Start With A Template: Use a simple resume template that will best highlight your skills. Keep it simple, and stand out in subtle ways.
Include All Contact Information: Your address, phone number, and email address should be easy to find near your name. Your name should appear at the very top of the resume in large font, with the contact information below in smaller print. Past employers should have up to date information. Call old numbers to make sure they still work and reach out to your contacts if they don’t.
Use Keywords: In today’s tech-driven work environment, nearly every task is completed electronically. Not only will using keywords show a potential employer that you know what the job you are applying for is all about, but it will also allow those employers to find your electronic resume among dozens, possibly hundreds, of others. Mirror keywords used in job descriptions and ads for the position you are applying for. And don’t just add words to the bottom of the page, slip the keywords into the appropriate sentences throughout the resume.
Prioritize Content: In journalism, the preferred style of content prioritization is the “inverted pyramid.” The most newsworthy, eye-catching information goes at the top, followed by important details of the story, and lastly the less interesting background information at the bottom. Your resume should follow a similar structure. Present your most relevant and interesting skills first in lists, and allow your proudest accomplishments to shape the final structure of your resume.
Customize: You should tailor your resume for each position you apply for, especially if you aren’t applying within one career field. This allows you to show off the skills you have that are most valuable to that specific postion and could be what gives you an edge over other applicants. You should also take into account the company culture and voice.
Be Professional And Savvy: In today’s job market you will likely send your resume to potential employers via email. Make sure it is in an easy to read Word Doc or PDF format and that you are sending it from a work appropriate email address (read: not firstname.lastname@example.org) Some employers will request a specific format so make sure to double check before sending. If you print your resume print it on plain paper, use a thicker stock to give it a more professional look.
Remember that God has a plan for you: The rest is out of your hands. Remember that God has a plan for your life, and the best you can do is seek to follow His will. Don’t get discouraged and keep pressing onward.