With 80% of employers on the search for eggs-traordindary candidates this fall, you may be trying to get all your eggs lined up in a row to make the most of all the career-hatching opportunities.
There’s a lot to think about when heading into the recruitment season – from what you’re going to wear to networking.
Though your outfit might be on the top of your priority list, there is one other thing you need to ensure is perfect: your resume!
Do some research
Preparing your resume effectively will take some quick research to figure out which employers are hiring, what jobs interest you, what skills you need to focus on when tailoring your resume for each opportunity, and to learn about the companies themselves.
Once you do this, it will be easier for you to focus your resume and gain important company information and align this information with your content (e.g., their business environment, recent projects, goals).
Tailor, tailor, and tailor
Yes it might be tedious to tailor your resumé to every specific employer, but it will pay off in the end.
Each employer has very different roles available and having a generic resume is less likely to make the hiring cut. In addition to having different roles, each employer comes from very different work environments, cultures, and are the hunt for employees who they feel will transition smoothly onto their team.
For example, Company X is hiring a Management Trainee. Their ideal employee is able to work Monday through Friday (9:00 am to 5:00 pm), has very strong leadership and teamwork skills, and doesn’t need extensive experience.
Company Y is hiring for a Sales Trainee. Their ideal employee will be flexible with hours (weekdays and weekends), is able to work successfully on a team and individually, and needs to have previous sales-related experience.
Would the same resume work for both of these opportunities? Maybe, but probably not as successfully as a resume that had tailored skills, knowledge, and experience included. This is why it’s so important to research which jobs you’re planning on applying for and tailoring your resume to suit.
Perfect your content
Contact information: Be sure to include all the necessary contact information (i.e., full name, permanent address, school address, professional email, two phone numbers). Increasing text size or bolding your name always helps to make your info pop to a reader. Depending on the position, including your professional online profile URL could be a good idea too.
- Include the title of the position you’re applying for
- Emphasize your skills/knowledge by expanding on each on (e.g., specific times where you developed and applied said skill)
- Keep this section concise
Skills: List the three skills you have that relate to the job you’re applying for (check the job description for some ideas for this). For example: teamwork, marketing, and computer skills. Including three to four points underneath each skill that covers how you develop these skills is an efficient way to prove to an employer you can utilize these skills in their workplace.
Education: Organize this section listing the most recent institutions first and working from there. Include the institution’s name, the location, the degree/certification that you earned, a major/minor if applicable, key aspects of the program, and any awards.
- List your most recent experience first and work down from there
- List the experiences that most relate to the job you’re applying for
- Include company name, location, your title, the duration of role, and 3 to 4 responsibilities per experience
Associations/Volunteer: List volunteer and association involvement from the more present on. Three to four is sufficient and they should each include the title of the company/organization, the duration of your time there, your role, and key responsibilities.
Prep hard and soft copies
Each employer has a different way they’d like you to apply to their opportunities.
Some will take hard copy resumes and some may give you their contact info and have you send your resume via email. Be on the ball by having copies of your tailored resume printed and ready to send to them on the spot.
It’s also smart to have generic resumes ready to give out and send in the likely chance that an opportunity or employer will be there that you weren’t aware of.