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!
It’s the time of year that we reflect and reevaluate our goals, and that often includes our careers. If you’re feeling stuck, or you know it’s time to move on, your job application will be a valuable tool in the upcoming months.
While you may have a solid cover letter and resume complete, read along to ensure that you’re well-prepared and ready to take on the job market.
Do you have references ready to go? You will likely want to note this in your resume and cover letter, as it shows that you are ready and willing for employers to speak to those who will vouch for you.
Be sure to set up your references ahead of time, so that these people have adequate time to prepare their notes and/or a letter of recommendation. It’s a good idea to have 2-3 solid references on file, both in writing and available by phone or email for contact. Ensure that these are people that you’ve worked for or spoken with in the not-so-distant future, so they’re able to speak to your current work and characteristics.
Your cover letter should be thorough - but also brief. This is the challenge of a great cover letter! Begin by conveying your interest in the specific position and company, followed by demonstrating why you’re the best person for the job.
From here, it’s best to include relevant positions and skills that are a match to the position, which is best presented with bullet points. No one likes to be faced with huge walls of text, so bullets are a welcome break, and employers are able to digest your information in bite-sized bits. This is a huge help to them, which helps your chances and makes your information appear more deliberate and efficient.
Don’t go through all the trouble of writing a cover letter and resume without considering grammatical errors! From spelling to spacing to grammar issues, nothing is worse than discovering that you’ve made an easily-avoided error. It’s better to take the time to fix them before they’re sent in, which can be accomplished with a keen eye and some help from family and friends. Send your job materials to as many people as possible, and be open to feedback and revisions.
In addition to a resume without errors, it should also be concise. Keep your resume to a maximum of two pages, and be sure to only include relevant information. This is more labor-intensive, but it makes a huge difference to employers.
The number one tool you can bring to your job application is confidence in your abilities - and in yourself. While you can have pages full of experience and accomplishments, if you lack the confidence to back it up, you will look less prepared to take on the job. Job skills are incredibly important, but soft skills like communication and confidence are also key.
When you have confidence in your ability to do the job well, your potential employer will sense this, giving them more confidence in you. Since an employer doesn't yet know you at this point, it’s a great time to speak to them with authority and expertise with what you know you are capable of accomplishing!
Your resume is likely the most important document in your job search! We’ve compiled tips from HireMyMom.com employers to help you create your best resume. Read along for tips and advice to make your resume stand out and land the job.
Business owners are so busy and often get 30 - 100 resumes. The resumes that get read are the ones with something that HOOKS the CEO fast! Something like: Let me Take More Off Your Plate!
Resumes are boring to read and most business owners have some level of ADD. They are visionary's so ADD serves them but doesn't get your resume read through. BOLD important items that highlight your strengths and experience!
There are many applicants in today's market. It’s not hard to find people to plug hole in a company but it is hard to find GOOD people. Business owners are looking for a GO GETTER.. The P.S. is the most read part of ANY email or letter. PS Your Go Getter Attitude so that you stand out
- Shanda Sumpter at HeartcoreBusiness.com
Proofread your resume carefully. As an employer, I don't know how many times I've received resumes with spelling errors, punctuation errors, etc.
Don't shortchange yourself in talking about your skills, however be succinct and to the point.
Be clear on your level of expertise with technology. For example, if you have used Google Drive once or twice, then say that you've had minimal experience.
- Nancy Hoopes, Onboarding Consultant at ProfitFactory.com
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