A strong resume is essential when you are trying to get an interview and a job offer. Your cover letter will also be extremely important, but your resume needs to be in top shape in order to secure an interview, especially if you are applying for a job without any contacts at the company. Even if you do know someone who might be able to help you out, you should still have a professional and targeted resume when applying for a job.
The best resumes are usually carefully edited, targeted to the specific job, and also highlight your qualifications. While it would be great if you could have more experience in your job field, more volunteer work, or more specific skills, if you lack those things, there are still easy ways to improve your resume without spending a lot of time. Here are four ideas to consider.
1. Target the specific job
It can be tempting to send out the same resume to multiple companies, especially if you are applying for many different jobs. However, doing so can be a big mistake, especially if the jobs you are applying for are wildly different. Even if they are similar, it still helps to target your resume for each particular position. According to ResumeEdge, it’s important to show exactly why you can do the job; be sure to show what you have done in the past that will meet the position’s requirements. This will help busy hiring managers who are looking at many different resumes. If you show exactly why and how you are qualified for the position, you will be ahead of some other candidates.
It’s important to note that although tailoring each resume to the specific job takes time, it won’t take that much time if you keep a master resume that you can pull information from.
2. Remove unnecessary information
Hiring managers are busy people, and when you apply for a job, especially outside of your company, you will probably be competing with a lot of other qualified people. If your resume has a lot of unnecessary information, that information may potentially distract from your real qualifications, especially when the hiring manager could be reading hundreds of resumes. Some tips for eliminating unnecessary information include removing photographs or graphics, eliminating any salary requirements, removing irrelevant information (such as an unrelated job from fifteen years ago), and your reference list, which should be given when requested.
You can quickly scan your resume for this extra information; deleting it will help your true skills and qualifications stand out.