We typically see one type of resume in the job hunting world - white paper, black font, and probably not much (if any) color.
While this is the standard and will work for its intended purpose, it often doesn’t have a lot of personality. Certain jobs require more formality, so the standard is your best option, but for those jobs that ask for creativity in the job description, or simply demand something unique - add some personality!
Here are some of our favorite ways to do just that:
Change the design: Most resumes follow the same standard layout, but they don’t have to! You could put your document into unique, colorful sections, or simply add blocks of color for each section heading.
Add some color: Color is just more fun to look at! If you’re keeping it conservative, simply add color to your name at the top so it stands out. Or, you could really go all out and do your whole resume in one color. Of course, ensure that this is still easily readable, and also send over a copy that doesn’t include so much color in case they’d like to print it.
Be conversational: Formal language has its place, but it’s not always in a resume. You can still talk in a conversational way that uses layman’s terms. Be sure to include all relevant data and qualitative data, but present it more casually. For something extra fun, you can even include charts or graphs with your numerical data!
Make it fit: Are you interviewing for a position at an art gallery? You could change your resume to look like an easel, or feature a paint palette in a way that’s relevant. You can always tailor your actual resume to the job position in a memorable way.
Add something unexpected: Most hiring managers are used the same old thing. Surprise them! Add a creative drawing or graphic, use a custom font, or simply present it in a unique way.
Try a different format: Resumes don’t always have to be on paper! You can try a video or slideshow resume. Of course, make sure this is okay with the hiring manager, and possibly leave these for the job positions that say they’re actively seeking something different in your application.
Add a photo: It can be nice to put a face to a name. In some cases, you might want to include your photo. You could also include a photo of something you accomplished, whether it was a build in your job work, or an event photo from something you planned.
Include what’s needed: No matter how you choose to add personality to your resume, it’s important that it still includes important information. Be sure you’re not leaving out any important and relevant job positions, accomplishments, or education. At the end of the day, that will still be the most important part!
Your cover letter is often the first thing that a potential employer will read from you, so it’s a very important document! Of course, your resume will be crucial since it lists all of your experience and accomplishments, but your cover letter is a place to add personality and make a case for your hiring.
Read along for some of our best advice for a cover letter that stands out.
When you start your letter, it’s best to restate the position and company which you’re applying for. This ensures that it goes to the right place, and states again what you’re seeking.
In addition to restating the position and company, it’s helpful to restate some of the key qualities that the employer is seeking, especially those that match you very well. Be sure to make the connection between the job posting and yourself as a great fit.
Cover letters don’t necessarily have to be boring! Especially if the job is more “informal,” use it as a place to add your personality. It can be a bit conversational in nature, while still adhering to solid grammar. Adapt the cover letter to match you, as well as the position. If it’s a very prestigious job that requires a strong vocabulary and a lot of formality, it may be best to stick to the basics.
As with most things in your job application, do your best to keep it to one page. All the information you should need should fit on one page:
Restate the position and employer where you hope to be hired.
Include some qualities from the job posting that fit your personality and work experience.
Use bullets for stand out job experience and highlights that make you a great fit.
End with a request for further contact and an interview, as well as a note that your resume is attached and your recommendations are available upon request.
When you go to write your bullet points, be as specific as you can! It’s great to say, for example, that you planned an event that’s relevant to the position. It’s even better to write that you planned an event with a $250,000 budget for 500 attendees that resulted in $400,000 being raised for a charity. Using specific facts, figures and numbers helps to drive home your point even more, and it shows that you have the detail on your accomplishments.
Your cover letter should be personable, short, and include reasons why you are the best possible fit for this job position. Tailor each and every letter to each specific job posting with the tips above, and you’ll be well on your way to a more successful hiring process.
We all know the importance of a resume when you apply for a job, but there’s often more to the application than just that. There’s the cover letter, recommendation letters, resume, and anything else requested by that particular position.
We’re sharing our best tips to keeping your whole job application professional and effective, so you’re ready to apply when those ideal positions come along.
Even if you’re not actively job searching, sometimes the right position just pops up. Be ready for these opportunities! Every month or so, take a few minutes to update and review your materials. This will keep things fresh, keep you from scrambling, and help you avoid losing future opportunities due to time.
This is also a good time to prepare all potential documents. If you only have a resume so far, draft a cover letter and seek out at least 2-4 professional recommendations to have on file.
A professional application is short and sweet! You may think you need to elaborate or sound wordy to be impressive, but employers receive a ton of applications. They will greatly appreciate that you kept to the most essential information.
Along with keeping things short and sweet, don’t be afraid to use bullet points liberally! It allows employers to easily scan your information for items that jump out, and keeps information in bite-sized pieces.
You can utilize bullet points in all areas of your application - the cover letter and resume, as well as any other documents required by the posting.
If you want to submit a professional application, it should be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Take the time to really proofread well, and ask a friend or family member to take a look as well. We can miss small errors by seeing the same piece of writing so many times, so don’t be afraid to have several sets of eyes on it.
Errors and mistakes can make you come across as careless, even if that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s worth the extra time to ensure that all of your materials are perfect!
These days, not all job postings are standard. Some of them require additional writing samples, tests, and so on. You need to read very carefully! They’re often looking for someone who follows directions.
Be sure that you include everything that is asked for, and don’t include other things that are not. Each employer usually has a very specific skill set and documents that they’re requiring, so it’s best to stick to that.
To start, ensure that you have a cover letter, solid, updated resume, and recommendations, which can either be attached or ready upon request. This will give you a foundation, and any other requested materials can be created quickly!
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Working from home is a dream scenario to most - more flexibility, no commute, and more time with family. But once you’ve landed a home based job, how are you successful in it? It’s not quite the same as a traditional office job, so different things need to be considered.
Read along for some of our tips to ensure success in a work from home position.
As much as possible, clear distractions from your home and work time. If you know you’re going to be on an important call, place a note on the door to ask people to not ring the doorbell. If you have dogs, exercise them early and put them in their crates or on beds when you’re trying to get work done.
If your kids are home on summer break, work out some playdates or child care when you really need to focus. Often times we can manage to fit all of this into our work days, but sometimes we need a break. Keep in mind, if you worked in a traditional office, you wouldn’t have the same distractions.
Being a successful home based employee comes down to working independently. Sure, you may have a supervisor or head boss that you report to, but it likely isn’t regulated the same way as an office job.
To get work done, stay on track, and avoid overwhelm, it’s so crucial that you manage yourself. Keep tabs on how you’re spending your work time with a simple spreadsheet, and make to do lists your friend!
However, independence doesn’t need to carry over into your personal life. Be sure that you’re making time to be social and get together with co-workers or other home based workers when you can.
Along with being independent, in a lot of cases you might have to manage yourself. Some home based positions tend to be more freelance in nature, so while you have a “boss,” it’s not in the same way.
Manage yourself with to do lists, as well as clear check ins with your immediate supervisor. Whether it’s a daily summary of work or a weekly check-in call, it’s up to you and your boss. You can create a schedule of communication that works for all involved, and this will allow you to stay on track with your employer.
Working from home offers a host of benefits, but motivation can be hard to come by. It can be tempting to spend the day watching Netflix, or doing something fun with your kids. While this can be part of your day from time to time, you are still working from home.
Do your best to save other activities for breaks or after work hours. When you commit to a typical workday and a set amount of time and hours, you’re providing yourself with the structure and boundaries to get things done.
Staying motivated to do your work will come from having a solid schedule and process for accomplishing tasks. This may be challenging at first, but once you find your rhythm, it’s easy to stay on track!