Between all the job sites, resume rules, and rewriting cover letters, it’s hard not to get crushed by the process when you don’t get any interviews or employer interest.
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One of the major reasons why applicants are not called in for interviews is having a weak resume.
Recruiters who have a lot of resumes coming to them may only take a few seconds initially to scan through a resume and decide if it’s worth a more in-depth read.
Here are some tips for building a strong resume and getting noticed quickly:
- Resume appearance: Your resume should be error-free, include white space and be written with commonly used fonts. Also, it should only be 1-2 pages long.
- Include a Profile Summary: A good profile summary starts with a strong descriptive character trait: “hardworking.” This is followed by a job title/ life role & finally a summary of your skills, your core values and knowledge that you have. For example: “Hardworking [strong character trait] customer service professional [job title/life role] with a strong work ethic [core skill/value] and an in-depth understanding of workplace health and safety protocols.
- Use Keywords: Keywords are important. By carefully analyzing the job posting & highlighting keywords, you’ll be in a much better position to use the same keywords the company used and increase your chances of passing the ATS screening process. You also want to make sure that you’re not just focusing on including keywords, but that you’re integrating those keywords into your unique career story.
- Showcase Skills: Finally, if you claim to have certain skills, show in your work experience or under education how & where you use those skills or how & where you develop those skills.