We get messaged a lot on the LEETjobs Facebook pages with people asking advice about their resume. Or how should they apply to a certain job etc. So we wanted to address some of this in this article. You can have the best resume for each job post with just a little work.
Before we go into the resume tips, I really want to stress that the purpose of a good resume is only to get an interview. The interview is where the rubber meets the road, and based on research knowing all the answers to all the questions isn’t the most important factor to getting the job.
The number one factor on whether you land the job is personality. Let me stress and rephrase this again, your personality will be the primary thing considered when the hiring team decides they want you on their team or not.
At the end of the day 2 people with great personalities go head-to-head for a job, the one with the most job knowledge wins for sure. Here is the catch, if the most knowledgeable person came across as aloof, a know-it-all, or generally had a miserable personality, they will be discounted outright and looked over. The reason is each hiring manager is thinking of the team as the make hiring decisions, not to mention they are thinking about who they want work with, hang with at the office Christmas party, and deal with day-to-day.
“I can train anyone to do this job in a few weeks, but I can’t teach a person with a bad attitude to be a team player in a lifetime”.
Okay on to the resume tips.
- Keep it simple – Your resume needs to be no more than 2 pages, and use plain English a high school grad can comprehend. Those fancy words will do little to impress and may actually hurt you.
- Modify your resume for the opening – When hiring managers are handed a stack of resumes from their recruiter, they quickly scan them trying to pick out key words. If they find them your resume goes into a stack for further review, if they don’t find them your resume gets filed in the waste basket. Review the job opening and read it closely. Pick out keywords, certifications, experience, etc. Make sure your resume contains the same keywords, certifications (if legit) as the job post. A generic one-size-fits-all resume won’t get you anywhere in today’s labor market. Ever heard of wordle.net? If not try using it on the content of a job opening, then your resume. The bigger the keywords are for the job opening, the bigger those same keywords should be for your resume.
- Spelling, Grammar, Typos – Hey if you can’t get it right on your resume….
- Talk accomplishments and actions, not duties – What sounds better?
- Responsible for managing 200 computers and 180 users
- Successfully maintained 99.99% service availability on campus area network consisting of 200 systems and 180 users in 24×7 mission critical environment
- Social Media #1– If you post racy or questionable things on your social media accounts, make sure your privacy settings are such that a potential employer googling you won’t see your nude hot tub party pics. Look we support your 1st amendment but if on social media you look out of control chances are it will hurt your job search.
- Social Media #2- Use Social Media to your advantage. Establish a very specific career focused LinkedIn account, blog about your career field etc. This makes a big difference, chances are they are looking you up these days. Consider your Social Media accounts an extension of your resume and use them to help you land your job.
- Don’t lie on your resume– Seriously don’t misrepresent yourself. It always comes back to bite you.
- Resume template – Your resume template should be as simple as possible. Fancy layouts and columns with neat fonts all work against you. Here is why, many time resumes are put into a recruiting database system that can’t transpose your resume and your resume ends up an unreadable mess.
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