With 2021 just around the corner the economy is set to pick up steam as we celebrate the new year and look ahead at the job market to come. Many people will be seeking employment following the mass Covid-19 layoffs we’ve experienced this year. Individuals in general are always on the job hunt and continuously looking for new careers and opportunities regardless of the pandemic.
It all starts with the resume; those few pages that represent your career achievements and highlights. Your resume will determine the success and outcome of your job search. It’s no easy feat to create an effective yet personable resume that speaks to your professional achievements while still showing your personality.
It’s best to take the time to focus on revamping your resume every time you are in the market for a new role. December is the perfect time to spruce up your resume as many companies are winding down for the year and the decision makers are busy or on vacation.
Simple Tips for Maximum Results
When the job market is hot you could be competing against many other individuals so making your resume stand out is key. Use the following five tips and start getting those callbacks!
- Showcase results-based tasks
Potential employers are looking for candidates who’s resumes display the necessary competencies to carry out the desired tasks of the job description; these are typically actionable tasks. Employers want to know what you have achieved with numbers, facts, and/or statistics. This will really prove what you can do. An example of this could be “implemented monthly Instagram campaigns which increased website traffic by 25% in 2020.” Make these bullet points very specific to the job you are applying for.
- Assess the industry you want to work in.
Each industry has its unique attributes in what hiring managers are looking for. Some require very logical task-based employees, others may seek more creative and out-of-the-box thinkers. Ensure that when writing a resume for a specific industry, the overall tone matches the sector you’re applying to work in. For example, the cannabis industry looks for passionate people who love the plant. Regardless of what the position is, whether in a dispensary or a lab, these professionals are avid supporters of the benefits of cannabis. Show that on your resume!
- Tailor your resume to each job
Many companies utilize sophisticated software to screen resumes for keywords that match their job description. A candidate will likely receive more call-backs if their resume specifically speaks to the job they applied for. Applying for jobs is not a one-size-fits-all task anymore even within similar job markets. Gone are the days where one generic resume is enough for multiple call-backs. Even without the software many hiring managers will appreciate the effort put forth by the candidate to attain the role.
- Consider the look and feel.
Add white space to your resume, this means avoiding small margins, lack of spacing between lines, small and hard to read fonts, and overly long paragraphs. Use bullet points if possible and keep them short and to the point; remember these hiring managers are busy and will not search through your resume to find a match but rather move on to the next one. Don’t worry so much about the number of pages; some jobs may only require a one-page summary while others are fine with 3-pages of necessary content. If the resume makes sense for the position you are applying for, then go for it!
- Check the little things.
Don’t forget to perform a final review of your resume. The devil is really in the details so grammar matters; please run a spellcheck! Ensure that all information on your resume is accurate. This includes your contact information, the start and end dates of your past roles, and links to your social media/portfolio.
Treat a resume like a first impression; put your best foot forward from the start because you won’t get a second chance at a first impression. A resume is a powerful tool to spark interest in your skills and abilities and get you one step closer to your dream role in 2021.
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