As you browse through it, you ask yourself one single question…“Is this for me?“
But you wonder,
how does this help you?
Well, good news: If you keep reading, you will find out shortly.
So then, let’s do this thing.
We’ll start with the burning question…
How to avoid the mistakes that will send your resume to the shredder?
Find out how you can customize your resume for the job you want.
Creating a resume is central to finding a job, but it’s something most of us hate doing.
Unfortunately, few people can present themselves in the best possible way. Employers may reject the applicant at the very first hurdle.
But there’s a problem.
Some of the mistakes most people make is submitting the same resume for every application.
It’s a massive temptation – you’ve spent hours getting the details and layout right, or maybe you’ve paid a lot of money to get someone to write it professionally.
The applicant must tailor their resume to the job of interest, if you want to stand out from the crowd, it is vital to do this.
What does tailoring a résumé means?
It means writing it specifically to the position that you are targeting. To do this, identify the keywords the company will be seeking and connect it to your own experience.
You will find keyword terms in the job description, job advertisement, and on the company’s website. The company describes the skills, qualifications, and experience needed for the position.
But why is it so important?
Keywords should stand out on your resume-don’t forget that in the first round of the selection process, resumes are usually only given a 20 seconds glance.
So, if the interviewer doesn’t see what he’s looking for, your résumé is destined for the shredder.
Here’s a tailored example:
Let’s say you’re a secretary who knows many languages and can take shorthand in all of them, the position you are applying for only requires English and audio in the office. Languages and shorthand, as impressive as they are, would not be the most important skills on your resume.
But here’s the thing:
Instead, you would focus on the skills in demand, which might be fast typing, advanced Excel, or PowerPoint. Languages and shorthand would be briefly mentioned, perhaps under the heading “Additional Skills.”
Still with me? Great!
Another common mistake, usually made by candidates, is including their entire work and educational history.
It’s common (in many countries) for resumes to go back only ten years in terms of work. And if you have a degree, school qualifications can be omitted, unless specifically requested or relevant.
Employers occasionally ask for a full resume, in which case you do have to include everything.
Selecting the wrong format can also have your resume thrown into the dumpster. Various styles work best in particular situations. Most people stick to the chronological resume, but this is not always appropriate.
It works well if you’ve progressed steadily up the ladder in your career or if your recent jobs are to impress the company.
But it gets easier.
If there are employment gaps in your work history, a skills-based resume is great. It can emphasize to the employer that you have the knowledge and expertise they are seeking. It’s also valuable if you’re starting a new profession, and your work experience is not relevant.
Remember: A tailored resume focuses on a specific job or career.
For example: if you retrained as a teacher in your thirties or forties and were applying for a teaching post, your work-related heading might be “Teaching Experience.” Your major skills would all be relevant to teaching. As an example: using IT in the classroom and curriculum development.
Here’s another way to look at it:
You may need different styles of résumé for different applications. If we use the previous example of the secretary, she might have had a series of Language related jobs and now applying for linguistic and non-linguistic positions.
She could choose a chronological résumé for the language jobs and a functional résumé for the others.
To sum up, individualize each resume for the job concerned, choose the most appropriate format for the situation, and remember: keywords must jump to the reader in the first 20 seconds.