Resume Tips for Getting More Interviews
Sure, like when applying to colleges you may have safety jobs when looking for a career change, but the goal is not just to get any job, it's to get the one you're really after. Having a fantastic resume is going to make that happen.
Here are a few tips for polishing up a standard common resume into something that truly shines and catches the eye of the all important hiring manager.
Just like when you meet someone in person, the first impression is extremely important. The first impression for your first contact with a pencil employer is your resume. And, the very first part of your resume is often a career objective.
That means you need to spend extra attention on crafting an excellent career objective so you stand out amongst the dozens or even hundreds of other resumes that the hiring manager for human resources team has to scour through.
Of the trickiest parts and running a good career objective is that you have to sell yourself quickly with only a minimum amount of words. In a way it's similar to how Twitter limits the number of characters you have. A good career checked it is usually only three or four sentences long.
That's not a lot of space for explaining why you are the right choice for the company want to work for. You have to make this your elevator pitch in the way a start up will try to pitch a venture capitalist over millions of dollars.
Just remember that you need to express why you are a good addition to their team instead of why you think working there will be good for your career.
Skills Pay the Bills
Most resume times after your open comes the skills section. If the hiring manager has made it this far that has a very good sign. It means you're opening was sufficient enough to garner their interest.
Now that you have that pension we need to make sure you keep it. That is much easier said than done.
A big mistake here is that many people start to have a lot of fluff that is not very interesting or is just very common at best. But, just like your opening you need to make this section sell and highlight your best qualities.
There are two main ways to do this.
The first and very important one is to highlight what skills you possess that directly relate to the position in which you are applying for. You need to show the hiring manager that you don't only possess the basic ability they're looking for what you exceed their core expectations. You have to show them you are above average of all the skills they are looking for.
However, besides just a listing your skills and experience you need to show them a little more detail about all of that. That means you some specific examples or numbers.
Don't just tell a hiring manager for a sales position that you are very good at selling high ticket items. Instead give them specific examples and numbers about five items you have recently sold.
Adjectives can be debated but numbers are straightforward and easy to understand.
Another mistake is that some people tend to over stuff this area with skills that are not related to the position with a company as a whole. Save those skills for the interview but do not waste important resume real estate with them.
The last tip isn't so much a tip on how to write create the perfect resume. It is however extremely important and not something you should dismiss.
When preparing your resume sending it in and setting up for and showing up to an interview be very aware of all the times and deadlines involved. Having the perfect resume for the perfect position about sending it in a week late is not going to do you any justice.
Equally having a wonderful resume, getting it submitted on time, receiving a call for an interview and then proceeding to show up to that interview an hour late is like shooting yourself in the foot. Always be respectful of other people's time, especially when they are potential he going to offer you a position that you are seeking.
This also goes for if you are lucky enough to get a job offer. They may give you a little time to think over their offer. This doesn't mean you should take as much time as a lot of or more. The longer you put off excepting a position the less interested you appear. It's not unheard of a position being given away to another prospect even before the deadline to accept passed.
If you don't come off as being excited about the offer, they may not feel they made a good choice in considering you. Try to reply to a job offer within 24 to 48 hours and no later.
Congratulations. If you made it past all of that, you are most likely working in the position you were after. If for some reason you did not get an offer, keep trying. There is a company that is looking for you and you them. You just need a little luck in finding one another.