Your résumé is often a potential employer’s introduction to you—and first impressions are crucial.
You’re vying for the same position as many qualified candidates, so it’s essential your CV stands out. Don’t drown hiring managers in pages of content; omit your summer job from years ago.
Here are three tips to help you craft a notable résumé and cover letter:
1. Write a unique résumé for every position (to please the bots).
Stephanie Vozza shares six ways to create a technology-friendly CV in her “How to write a résumé that will impress a bot” piece. To compile the list, she interviewed Jon Christiansen, chief intelligence officer at Sparks Research, and Arran Stewart, chief visionary officer and co-founder of Job.com.
Many companies use technology to scan the mountain of résumés they receive, and the bots seek out particular words and phrases for a given position. Tweaking your CV to the specific job will help you stand out.
From the piece:
“The job description contains several clues about what the machine is looking for,” says Christiansen. “It’s saying, ‘Here are the knowledge skills I’m looking for, and here’s background I’m looking for.’ Look at the tags, keywords, and streams of text; that’s where you should get started.”
2. Namedropping is OK in résumés.
You’ll probably elicit eyerolls if you’re a serial namedropper in casual conversation. However, it’s a welcome tactic in résumés, according to Julia Malacoff’s “10 résumé tips you haven’t heard before.”
If you’ve worked with well-known clients or companies, go ahead and include them by name. Something like: “Closed deals with Google, Toyota and Bank of America” will get recruiters’ attention in no time flat.
3. Make sure your cover letter jibes with your résumé.
A cover letter is your introduction to the hiring manager, but it must match and transition smoothly into your résumé. The tandem documents afford you a chance to go into more detail about your experience. That’s No. 20 on Natalie Severt’s list of the “45 best résumé tips and tricks: Amazing writing advice for 2019.”
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