A new year has arrived, and the job market has never been better. That means that now is a good time to seek out a high-quality job.
First things first... your resume. If your resume has not been updated in awhile, you will need to make sure the information is current and accurate. As you tackle these updates, it's also important to make sure the changes you make are on trend for 2019. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Be current with your resume format
Revamping your resume can be a daunting task, but it is a worthwhile one. Here are the most important areas that your resume should address:
- Contact information. If you want to be contacted for an interview, this section is very important.
- List of skills. Put this section near the top of your resume.
- Education. Include any relevant certifications you have.
- Experience. Use a bulleted approach to keep this section from getting too long, and order each point from most important to least.
- References. Give potential employers a chance to hear others validate your skills and qualifications.
Target your resume to the position you are applying for
Review the job announcement carefully and look for keywords that will help you prepare your resume specifically for the job for which you are applying. Creating a cookie-cutter resume that fits many different jobs will give the impression that you don't know what you are looking for. Recruiters want to know that you have specific skills and interests that make you the perfect candidate for a specific job.
Be sure to research the company you are applying to and make sure that your background fits the job and the organization. Do you have more skills than what the job entails? Do you meet the needs of the company? Results count, so do not hesitate to highlight your accomplishments when they translate well to a desired position or company.
Demonstrate hard and soft skills
Just listing what you can do will not be enough. If your unique set of skills has improved your current organization or benefited your team, articulate that. Explain how you made a difference for the better, not just what you did on a daily basis.
There are hard skills (i.e. welding, calibrating a piece of equipment, etc.) and soft skills such as being a team player. If your resume demonstrates that you have both, you will stand out to a recruiter.
Keep both a hard and digital copy of your resume
Gone are the days of sending out dozens of resumes via snail mail. Recruiters are constantly viewing and sharing digital versions of candidates' resumes. It is 2019, after all.
However, regardless of how convenient digital files are, you should always have hard copies of your resume in hand to pass out at business conferences, job fairs and even in an interview.
One of the most convenient things about digital resumes is that they can easily be updated any time you want to apply for a job.
Carefully consider your career path and goals
Look at your top strengths and align them with the job posting. If your strengths do not naturally fit into the job description, then you may need to reevaluate your career path and goals. Being dishonest with yourself and a potential employer about your goals and qualifications will ultimately hurt you and waste an employer's time.
Be proactive and make sure that this job will get you to the next level you're seeking, such as from an apprenticeship to a journeyman level position.
Have others review your resume
Nothing will knock you out of the competition faster than errors on your resume. Save yourself from mistakes by having someone else review your resume. In addition to looking for errors, ask your reviewer to consider the following criteria:
- Is it clear and concise?
- Does it flow well?
- Can you determine what type of job is being applied for?
- Do your qualifications stand out?
Resumes are a lot of work, but a carefully crafted one can really make you stand out, landing you not only an interview, but possibly the job!
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