Top 10 Resumes tips

Align your content to the left to make it skimmable.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ The first thing a hiring manager is going to do is skim your resume for relevant keywords from the job description. Aligning your text to the left makes this easier for them to do.

Identify what networking style works best for you

This networking tip is first because it truly is the key to success. “There is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to networking,” says TopResume's career advice expert, Amanda Augustine. “Different people are successful using different networking tactics.” Introverts do not connect with people the same way extroverts do, so they shouldn't try to match an extrovert's networking style. It's important to be comfortable and confident in how you reach out to others so you always put that best foot forward. This short quiz from TopResume can reveal what networking style best fits your personality, which could make the difference in your overall success.

Track your resume.

Importance: ✸ ✸ Instead of waiting around for a phone call, track your email so that you know the moment a hiring manager opens it. You can use a free tool like Mixmax to see if a hiring manager has read your resume. That gives you a better idea of when to send follow-up or thank you emails.

Don’t Use a Complicated Resume Template

As mentioned above, you’re expected to come up with a resume that is easily readable and less time-consuming to grab the attention of the recruiter. Hence, you’re recommended to pick out the simple and basic resume templates for better results. However, you can prefer several creative resume templates as well to stand out from the crowd but keep the flow of the content simple and concise. Further, you’re also recommended to not do that many experiments with the font styling, infographics, etc.

Name your files properly.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ This is a pro piece of resume advice: it is important to name your resume files properly. Right:

John_Smith_Resume

Wrong:

Resume

Your resume could end up in an inbox with hundreds of other resumes. And if they’re all named “resume,” then the chance of your resume standing out is slim to none.

Do not lie on your resume.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ No need to explain. You will get caught lying on your resume: in the interview or after you’ve been hired. It will cost you your job, career, or a costly lawsuit.

Know the “rules” of professional networking

Recently, a TopResume contributor shared the two sacred rules everyone must follow when networking:

  • Never openly ask for an interview. Instead, ask questions to find whether the company, its culture, and its employees are a fit for you. Let people know you want to learn from their experience in your field.
  • Never ask for a job. As you talk with both old and new connections, simply let them know you're in the market for a certain role and would appreciate if they let you know about any potential opportunities.

Use social media effectively

Today's variety of social media platforms have something to offer every type of job seeker. Here are some ways to effectively network on two of the best social sites, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • LinkedIn: “LinkedIn should always be your starting point, no matter what part of the job search you're wrapped up in,” says Anthony Gaenzle, another writer for TopResume. You can search by various factors including company or job title, and then reach out to professionals at those companies to connect with them. “Don't send a resume until you're asked,” states Gaenzle, but do keep digging to learn whether the company and job are a good fit. Often, the conversation can lead to an interview.
  • Twitter: “Research your target companies on Twitter,” suggests Gaenzle, “and follow any handles they have that are dedicated to recruiting so you can see when jobs are posted.” Connect with recruiters or relevant hiring managers by liking, retweeting, or engaging with what they post. After two or three interactions, reach out directly to compliment their posts and then start to build a rapport about working with them. When appropriate, send them back to your LinkedIn profile for more details. Related: Social Networking: How to Connect With Potential Employers Online

Failing to identify and delete irrelevant work experience

"One resume mistake many people make is that they feel obligated to include every job, including part-time work, that they've had since college. For example, including that you were a Subway sandwich artist for three months is superfluous if you're applying for a technology job – unless, of course, the company's technology improves the sandwich-making process. Including information like this shows laziness and a general lack of understanding." – Joshua Goldstein, co-founder of Underdog.io

Include URLs to social media profiles, personal websites, and your blog.

Importance: ✸ ✸ If you have a professional website or blog, include the URL in your contact section. Add any relevant social media handles as well. For most professionals, that will include your LinkedIn URL and your Twitter handle. Creative professionals could also consider adding relevant links to Instagram, Youtube, or Pinterest profiles. Take an extra couple of minutes to make sure that your URLs are live and to hyperlink them in the text so they are accessible.

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