Getting a Second Look: 5 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out
With unemployment at an all time high and job creation at a record low, finding a job is harder than ever. Miquel McMoore, Senior Manager of Talent and Acquistion at SuperValu, shares five tips to make your resume stand out and (hopefully) land that interview. –Alicia Nicole
1. Back to the Basics.
It’s not necessary to have a fancy-shmancy resume, in most cases. A simple, clean, well formatted and grammatically error free resume will usually do the trick. Once you’ve completed your basic resume, it’s time to move on to Step #2.
2. Know the Role for Which you Are Applying.
Be sure you find and use the right words to describe your previous work history – based specifically on the requirements of the position you are seeking. Read over the job description two or three times, then incorporate key words from the job description into your job experience. Search LinkedIn profiles for persons who are currently in or have previously been in the role you are hoping to land. If time (and let’s face it, energy) permits, schedule an informal conference with that person, if they are willing, and learn as much as you can about the position.
3. Focus on Relevance.
Resumes must be updated from time to time. Your new potential employer does not need to know that you shoveled sidewalks during high school! Remove any and all details that are not relevant to the role you are trying to land. If you followed Step 2, you will know what is relevant and what is not.
4. Sign of the Times.
If you’re social media savvy and have professional profiles that showcase your work, do not be afraid to include your Twitter handle or LinkedIn link to your resume. Just be sure to monitor your profiles once you know potential employers may take a peek.
Now that you’ve spent the time to research your goal position, don’t make the fatal mistake of sending an ill-formatted resume! Before hitting that “Send” button, convert your resume to a PDF, or make it digital friendly. Often times, your resume will look great on your end, but if it is not a PDF, sometimes formatting gets lost in the email trail. Double and triple check your work before submitting!