With the job market as competitive as it is, prevailing over other candidates for the same job is more crucial than ever. And in most cases, your resume is how you make a first impression on a hiring manager or recruiter.
With a hot job market and with most resumes being submitted online via email or an application system, a prospective employer may receive hundreds of resumes for one position.
Sometimes, more than one open job posting is being maintained by the recruiter or hiring manager for large companies. As a result, most recruiters and hiring managers are being inundated with resumes every day.
Your resume has only a few seconds to make an impression on a prospective employer, so it falls on you to ensure that it stands out.
For your resume to get noticed, you may need to take the time to redesign or re-write your existing resume. Having a well-written and properly organized resume can make a significant impact on a hiring manager.
The power of an excellent resume is unparalleled when it comes to getting hired. If you are unsure about your writing skills or don’t know how to craft a resume that gets noticed and gets you hired, the following tips will help!
How to Get Your Resume Noticed
Your Resume’s Font
While it may seem like a small thing, if you are looking to get your resume noticed, choosing the right font is essential. Avoid using a font that is bold or unusual. It won’t make your resume stand out; it can look amateurish. Instead, it is best to choose a frequently-used font that is clear and easily legible. Try Arial, Tacoma, Veranda or Helvetica.
Read the Application
One of the most important things you can do to get your resume noticed and claim an edge over other candidates is to take the time to read the job posting or application carefully. You will often find required keywords that should also appear in your resume, helping it stand out.
Employers are looking for keywords in your resume that correspond with those in the job description. Under your technical skills section (or its equivalent) of your resume, add any skills you possess and are required for the job.
Sometimes, something simple can have your resume rejected. For instance, sending separate document files for your resume and cover letter when the application asks for the cover letter and resume as one file.
If you fail to follow directions in an application, potential employers may equate that with not following directions at work.
Avoid Objectives and References
One of the most common resume mistakes is taking up valuable page space with an objective section. The employer knows that your objective is to be hired, so you don’t need to tell them. You do, however, need to prove your value.
You can choose to write a profile summary that outlines your merits and what value you bring to an employer. As stated above, reading the job description will help you choose keywords to use in your profile summary.
Remember that you do not include a ‘references available upon request’ section on your resume. The recruiter or hiring manager will ask for your references if they want them.
Edit Your Resume
Look for grammatical or spelling errors. Spelling errors on a resume stand out like a sore thumb. If you aren’t confident in your editing or writing skills, have a friend read your resume and make edits.
There should be zero spelling or grammatical errors on your resume.
Don’t Use a Pinterest Template
A quick Google or Pinterest search for a resume will return a template that you will instantly recognize. If you recognize it, a hiring manager will too, as it is likely they receive hundreds of resumes with the exact same layout. These online templates just require you to fill in the blanks with dates and job titles.
Resume templates are outdated, overused, and you can do better. In addition to this, using a template may have your resume rejected by the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). If the ATS rejects your resume, a potential employer will never see your resume at all, ruining your chances before you even really get started.
Keep your resume uncluttered and visually pleasing. Simple and clear left to right formatting with bolded titles and bullet points is best.