For many people, the idea of creating a resume means putting their work experience, their education and their contact details on a piece of paper and hoping for the best. The problem with this kind of thinking is that it severely hampers and limits the distance that someone will go to make their resume stand out. When going for a job, you are expected to give those who are reviewing your resume some kind of reason to actually consider employing you in the first place. With many people, this does not apply and they simply hand in the same kind of resume as everyone else who applies.
This won’t get you a job – to get a job, you have to come out of your comfort zone.
Try and imagine that every time you hand over a resume that it’s a sales pitch you are giving to that person. Would you still word your resume the same? Would you add anything new in there? Your resume should be tailored and unique to every job that you go for. A little tip we try and provide to everyone is that your resume should reflect what is being asked for by the job description itself.
You should be answering the requests that the company has asked for within their job description with your resume, and this means re-hashing and changing parts of it to fit with what you are being asked to deal with.
Naturally this is a bit of a problem and means that you need to put in the time and the work to get things done to suit that specific business; handing in a resume for any job that does not apply to what they ask for will get you nowhere. By getting out of your comfort zone, you will include pieces on your resume that usually would not be there.
However, it may also be sections that the majority of others never included and thus you will push yourself up the ladder. For example, having a specific cover letter for that actual business is far more effective than a template catch-all cover letter being provided.
Always try and make up some kind of long-term plan that you use to keep yourself safe and sound in terms of the companies opinion of you; this means keeping the resume nice and neutral. This might be out of your comfort zone, too, as most of us are passionate writers and rely on this. Try and go factual instead, though, and you can find that your resume is much more positively received.
It’s all about how your resume makes you to be perceived, and with this package you’ll have no problems at all in making that actually count.