It is no secret that I am not a big fan of hiring people off a resume. Resumes say nothing about the person, only show what this person has done in the career. Too many people hire off the resume and not the the values, behaviors, and motivators of the candidates. Unfortunately, I don’t hire for every company out there – so you will still need to get that old resume updated. Botton-line is, if your resume is not spot on perfect, then you will more than likely not get a call.
Let’s get your resume up to speed so you can at least get a look.
- Does your resume stand out above the rest? You might ask how can I do that, it is only a piece of paper. I say true. But is the resume clean of errors? Is the font a size that is easily viewable? Does your work history highlight the areas the company is looking in for a new employee? These are no-brainers, but some many people don’t take the time to do it right. This is your career. Take the time to check for errors and make it look nice. Build a website. Create an infographic. Google “cool resumes” or “infographic resume” – get some ideas and get to creating.
- What story does your resume tell? Are you a “job-hopper”? Are you loyal? Is this a new industry for you? If yes, then how are you a fit with this role? We see so many resumes. They all just kind of run together. The ones I remember are the resumes that are personal and show how passionate applicants are in something.
- Your Cover Letter needs to tell your “story”. Not replay the resume. I have seen so many generic cover letters telling me just how amazing a person is and how great their mother thinks they are. As amazing as you are, Recruiters and Hiring Managers could care a less about all that fluff. We want to know what makes you tick – why do you think you are a fit for this role and not this other guy who has 20yrs experience. Keep the CV to one page and no more than four paragraphs. Introduce yourself, tell us your why, tells us where you are going, and tell us why you are a fit.
Bottom line is to take the time necessary to craft an amazing story based on YOUR fact. Include pictures and colors and funny stories. The best resume I have ever seen wasn’t even on paper. It was a website of a cartoon guy walking across the world and stopping at certain countries (labeled as his previous employers). It was silly but it made a positive impression and he got hired immediately as a graphic designer. Know the audience you are applying to and craft your story to fit them, not you.
I hope this helps. If you would like more help on capturing your next great gig, then reach out to us and let’s get the conversation started.