For part two of this blog series, let’s talk about a resume in relation to dating. Now you might ask yourself,
“How in the world is the job hunt related to dating?”
Well, in part one of this series, we explained how a relationship is connected to the job hunt, by creating a resume, getting social on LinkedIn, and standing out in the crowd. For this blog post, it’s all about resumes.
When applying for a job, many people just believe that one standard resume works for every job that you apply for. When going out to dinner, would you always order the same drink with whatever it is your ordered for a meal? How does that champagne sound with a pizza? Terrible! For a pizza, the best pairing might include the perfect soft drink or something like an IPA is the right compliment drink. The same applies for every job category (be in marketing, sales or HR). When applying to these different job categories, it is best to craft your resume around the specific job duties. Because no one wants pizza and champagne, right?
From the employer side, every company and hiring manager is different in their resume preferences. Some may prefer a cover letter to be considered for a position. Some companies might want certifications and references provided right up front, others may not. Either way, follow the instructions provided on the job posting and follow my top three tips for crafting the best resume:
1. “Speling Mistakkes arethe Worstt”: The #1 thing that bugs me to no end are misspelled words on any type of important document. Before submitting any resume to a potential employer, please do us, recruiters, a favor: PROOFREAD. we can almost guarantee that if a hiring manager sees multiple mistakes on your resume, your application will be put in the “no” pile. Before sending in something that could land you a dream job, read over it again and spell check.
2. Make it professional: For many job descriptions, a skill requirement is often communication skills, including written communication. If your resume is written as if you were writing a text to a friend, most employers won’t take you seriously. Spend a little extra time making sure that your resume is clear, concise, and on a higher reading level.
3. Certifications and special skills: Just like you would list your degrees, any type of certification listed on a resume is a plus as long as its relevant. If you take the time to earn a certificate, be proud and include it! Also, if you have any type of special skills, put them down!! Something like that could potentially help you stand out among the other applicants.
Those are the top 3 tips when creating the perfect resume to ensure you find the perfect pairing. While these tips may vary depending on the career choice, these little nuggets of advice can help anyone in receiving an interview. So, here’s the real question…
How will you make it easy for the hiring manager to select you to move forward?