Job searching today is all about landing the interview. Breaking through the resume screening process is the hardest part for many people, and once they get into the interview their confidence and talent can shine through. The trick is creating a resume that exemplifies those traits and helps you land that interview in the first place.
Your resume is your first impression with any potential new employer, and as such it needs to set your best foot forward. This is how you can ensure you get a call or email back, and move forward with your job search. Below are a few tips for optimizing your resume to achieve this:
Condense – Shorten your resume to one page. Most recruiters will only skim the top page of a resume anyway, so having an expansive, multi-page one is a waste of paper. Furthermore, they will be looking to see that you are able to demonstrate your ability to perform a job succinctly.
Tailor it to the job – Every resume you send out should be tailored specifically to the job you're applying for. Once you decide to apply you should skim the job ad and pull keywords from it, particularly from the job requirements section, and update your resume to use those words as part of your skills declaration. When the recruiter reads it, he or she will see that you demonstrate the exact skills they're looking for, and all the fluff they won't care about will have been removed.
Tell a story – Your resume should tell a brief story about who you are and what you are capable of in the workforce. This will help you appeal to them on a human level, not just as statistics and skills on a sheet of paper.