Ok, this is my first time creating a blog so promise that you won't judge me :) It is a learning process so please allot me a couple of trial blogs before you write me off as a horrible blogger. Nonetheless, thank you in advance for taking the time to read this blog. I truly appreciate your support. Everyday I am merely trying to LOVE unconditionally and make a positive difference in the world, so I really am so happy and thankful that you are using some of your precious time here with me.
So here is the premise... each month on the First Friday, I will be releasing a blog that provides some information on how to become more successful in life. The blog may be motivational, informational, or just about whatever I am going through at the time - but I promise that you will be able to use something in it for the betterment of yourself, your life, or someone you know that you can pass the information along to. Either way, each blog will contain content that is useful to others. I have titled my blog series "Ardnek's First Friday Feature" and I really do hope you enjoy it. I am always open for suggestions/tips/feedback, as well as blog topic suggestions, so if you have anything... don't be shy, let me know. You can either comment below or contact me through the Contact page of the website. Either way, don't shy away from contact, I want to hear from you. Again, thank you so much for reading my blog, and I hope you enjoy this month's First Friday Feature - "5 Quick Tips to Improve Your Resume"
Ardnek's First Friday Feature - March 3, 2017
5 Quick Tips to Improve Your Resume
The job market is very competitive. The average number of applicants applying for any given job is around 120, and less than 20% of those applicants will be granted an interview. Your resume is the first thing that hiring managers and recruiters look at to determine if you fit the position and should be selected for an interview - and that is only if you pass the preliminary online screening. It represents your initial introduction so you want to make it good. These days recruiters decide whether a resume meets their criteria within 30 seconds of scanning it. The 5 tips below can help you improve your resume and increase your likelihood of being selected for an interview.
1. Remove the objective and replace with a summary
10 years ago having your objective at the top of your resume was standard. Today, the objective is no longer needed. It is an assumption that your main objective is to get the job that you are applying for so there is not a need to state it. Instead replace the objective with a brief summary that will grab the hiring manager's attention, effectively and accurately describe your skills, and make the hiring manager know you are the answer to the person they are looking for. Still want to talk about your objective? Save it for the interview. That would be a great place to describe why you want the job and what you can do for the company if hired.
2. Skills should be actual skills
In today's society, there are very few jobs that do not use some sort of technology. Technology usage and the skills to use it have become mainstream. I mean there are one year olds that know how to unlock phones and take selfies. I say this because computer usage, internet usage, email, Microsoft Word ... these are no longer considered skills. According to census.gov, in 2013, 83.8 percent of U.S. households reported computer ownership, with 78.5 percent of all households having a desktop or laptop computer, and 63.6 percent having a handheld computer. Therefore, being able to use Google is not a skill but more just life... just like being able to send an email or type a letter. When listing skills on your resume ensure that they are really skills and not just typical modern day life knowledge.
3. Call out accomplishments in past jobs, not just list the job description
Anybody can copy and paste a job description. Anyone can make it pretty with bullet points. Hiring managers are looking for someone who can fill a void, satisfy a need in their organization, problem solve... and they are not going to be able to tell that from a cookie cutter copy and paste job description. Plus you are unable to describe how you solve problems and great things that you have done without listing accomplishments. Without specific accomplishments what is separating you from anyone else that was doing that job. Listing accomplishments allows you to focus on what you did in the job and makes you unique. I like to suggest a combo approach... one or two sentences about the job itself (the description) and then bullet points or a list of accomplishments.
4. Use the right words... Mimic the job posting
Your resume should mimic the verbiage in the job posting. If the job posting lists critical thinking and communication as required skills then you need to tailor your resume to list those exact words. Yes, distinct analyzation and thought processing may mean the same as critical thinking but what the posting says is what you should give. Matching the job posting will 1)increase your likelihood of making it past the initial computer screening and 2)lets the hiring manager know that you ACTUALLY read the job posting. Now don't take using the right words to mean to lie about skills that you have... always be honest... but when your skills and experience is honestly a match use the words identified in the job posting.
5. Guide the Reader, Not Distract Them
Like stated earlier, hiring managers are scanning through resumes in 30 seconds or less and moving on to the next. It really is a split second decision for them on whether or not your resume is moved into the "yes" stack of resumes or the "no" stack of resumes. With that in mind, make sure that your resume is in a simple, eye pleasing, flowing format that will guide the reader through it in a easy manner. While decor and fancy aspects may be a little more acceptable in more creative fields, for the most part the frill and fluff are not needed. If you are even questioning whether something is too much on your resume, it probably is. When it doubt, just keep it simple!
Using the above tips will help you create a solid resume and with a solid resume, your likelihood of getting an interview increases tremendously. It's tough landing a new job with the way the market is these days so anything to help with that is a good thing.
I hoped that you enjoyed my first blog :) Got feedback, questions, comments... don't hesitate to comment below or contact me separately. Until next time, do this one FREE thing everyday... LOVE!
Mrs. Kendra G. Logan
Success Advocate & Motivational Speaker