Resumes tips

Create a professional persona for yourself.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ A professional persona is a two or three-word description of yourself that should stick in the head of the recruiter when your name doesn’t. It’s like when you try to describe someone from last night’s party. Remember the girl who graduated from Harvard and talked about goat cheese for an hour? It’s like that except less goat cheese.

Clean up your online presence.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ When you’re just learning how to create a resume, you may forget that hiring managers also search for you online. Be sure to optimize your LinkedIn profile so that it resonates with your resume. Make sure that you’ve cleaned up “public” information on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Change your Facebook privacy settings to “Friends” to keep future posts from becoming public. And do a quick sweep to make sure nothing else unsavory is lurking out there on the Internet. Enter your name into Google and see what turns up in the results. You can ask Google to remove sensitive or sexual content from the web.

Write a thank-you email.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ Knowing how to write a thank you email after an interview is priceless. It’s not always enough to write a great resume and ace an interview. The show isn’t over until you’ve also written a thoughtful thank-you email.

Have a human proofread your resume.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ Apps are great for catching mistakes, but another human being is priceless. Grab whoever you can find with the patience to read through your resume. They can also give you feedback about your tone and how you’re selling yourself.

Use a proofreading tool like Grammarly.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ You cannot afford to have typos or grammar errors in your resume. The majority (61%) of recruiters will throw out a resume immediately if they see typos. Microsoft Word or Google Docs will do a good job of detecting spelling errors, but the Grammarly app or Language Tool will catch grammar mistakes and typos. You need to proofread your resume before sending your resume, and an app will help you catch things you can’t see.

Include a resume summary or objective.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ So, how do you get your best information in the top third of your resume? Include a resume summary or a resume objective. It’s three sentences of who you are, where you’re going, and why you’ll bring value to the company. When considering how to write a resume summary or how to write a resume objective, keep in mind that the old school way is dead. Wrong – What You Want

Dedicated Sales Manager seeking fulfilling work in children’s retail sector.

Right – What They Want

Dedicated Sales Manager with 5+ years of experience in the retail industry. Wishing to decrease returns for PeaPod Babywear by 15%.

Make good use of the top third of your resume.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ Another very important tip for your resume. Think of the top third of your resume and “the penthouse.” It’s here that you want your best skills, experience, and achievements to appear. Try to put the best stuff at the top. Why? Because when a recruiter scans your resume, they will focus on the top third of the document. If they don’t find what they’re looking for in a few seconds of scanning, they will reject your resume as irrelevant. Read more with our guide on how to start writing a resume.

Add numbers and details where possible.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ Adding numbers and details to emphasize skills is by far one of the best resume tips you can follow. Anytime you can illustrate an achievement or skill with numbers or details – do it. Right:

Increased sales by 12% over a 5 month period.

Wrong:

Responsible for sales.

Numbers draw the eye of the recruiter and details give them a tangible sense of what it looks like when you use a skill. Maybe you increased sales, efficiency, or user engagement. Maybe you slashed costs. Whatever it is that you’ve achieved try to make it quantifiable.

Add achievements to your experience section.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ If tailoring your resume to the job description is the king, adding achievements is the queen of resume tips. Illustrating a skill or responsibility with an achievement puts you five steps ahead of candidates with the same skill set. That’s because you’re showing what it looks like when you put your skills to work. When adding achievements to your resume, use the X, Y, Z approach. In situation X I did Y, which resulted in Z. Right:

To generate user engagement, I performed multiple A/B tests, resulting in a 20% decrease in bounce rates and a 15% increase in sales conversions.

Wrong:

I won an employee of the year award.

Tailor your resume to the job description.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ Tailoring your resume is probably the king of resume tips. If you do nothing else, tailor your resume to the job description. You do that by identifying keyword skills in the offer and then add these skills throughout your resume. It sounds like a lot of work, but these keywords are what you should put on your resume above all else. That’s because keywords are what hiring managers are looking for when they scan your resume.

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