Change is inevitable. I think we can all agree that the current climate in the job market has radically changed in the last few years. Now, more than ever, people are seeking out new opportunities. The thought of settling in for the "long haul" at one company is a thing of the past.
The great resignation, the great reshuffle, the great re-engagement, whatever resonates with you, is giving folks the time they need to rethink their current roles and plan for their future. Many people have taken up a side hustle that affords them the opportunity to work differently and also earn some additional income. Meanwhile, companies are fighting for top talent and are desperate to retain the high-performers they have today.
Regardless of if you are in the market for a job at a new company, or applying for a promotion at your current company, one thing remains constant...you need an up-to-date resume to make your next move. A refreshed resume is a must!
“On average, recruiters take SIX seconds to scan a resume.’
Resume writing is both an art and a science. One size DOES NOT fit all when applying to multiple jobs in a similar field. We live in a hyper-personalized world. You’ve probably noticed how emails, ads, commercials, and YouTube recommendations are all customized just for you. Likewise, when applying for a new position that is truly a great fit, make your resume stand out.
3 tips to make sure your resume is noticed:
Customize your resume to the role and company you are applying to. It is important to make a conscious effort to stand out from the rest. Explain why you are the best person for the job. Provide examples of why you are uniquely qualified for this role, and how specific work experience lends itself to being an asset to the team and company.
Do your research. Are you sure the company, team, and role are a great fit? Can you highlight why the mission, vision, and values of the organization match your short-term and long-term goals? The experience section should highlight accomplishments that connect to the specific competencies expected of you in the new role.
Keep the design clean and simple. Use neutral colors. Do not over-design the look and feel of your resume. Recruiters are skimming and scanning for keywords. Remember, a typo will surely get you out of the running for the interview.
Bonus Tip: Update your LinkedIn profile.
You only have so much space in a resume. Leverage LinkedIn to support your professional narrative. It’s a great place to highlight your accomplishments, credentials, certifications, and special projects you worked on that you want to share with the working world.
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Stay tuned for our next blog, ‘Preparing for the Interview’. It is part two of our three-part series.
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