Writing A Resume That Gets Noticed
Why does it seem some people have a much easier time landing a job than others? They get called back from recruiters and not others. Chances are, the way they’re writing their resume plays a large role in this. Yes, writing a resume is more strategic than just listing your job duties. So much more!
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They shared key tips and personal experiences about confidently communicating to build career success. This Soulcast Media Live event is brought to you by our amazing sponsors at NeedThat™
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1. Your Career
First, let’s set the stage: navigating your career is largely based on the decisions you make. While there are many different courses, strategies, career coaches, and so on out there to help – it truly is up to you to figure out what’ll work best for you.
Nobody cares about your career success more than you do.
In order to have a successful career, you have to look at what you want from a birds-eye view. You have to own your career path. And what does that look like?
- Knowing what you want (and this can change, which is ok!)
- Knowing what you want to do
- Leveraging your connections
- Leveraging your strengths
- Knowing how to showcase yourself
Communicating your WHY.
- Why are you passionate?
- Why are you the right person for this job?
- Why do you want to work at this company?
How Can I Stand Out?
- Showing that by hiring you, the organization will also succeed.
- Convey that passion that you really want the job!
- Connect your energy to the energy of the organization.
All of this has to be done within your resume and your interview.
Knowing how to communicate this effectively can be difficult. In our e-course, The Art Of Communication, you will learn how to execute your speaking and interpersonal communication at your highest level.
2. So, how Do you Write a Resume?
Before you start writing your resume, you really need to think about your target audience.
There is no such thing as a one size fits all resume.
You need to make sure that your resume is going to resonate with the hiring manager.
It’s important to have 2 or 3 job descriptions that are in alignment and describe the type of jobs you want to do in the future.
In other words, your job descriptions can’t be a copy of the role requirements from the job posting.
Job descriptions need to be more attention-grabbing and showcase that you’re not only qualified but that you’ve added value to your current position. There are a few ways to do this.
- Use numbers in your job descriptions
- Reference duties and give examples that directly correlate
- Include past jobs that are in alignment.
For example – if the job requirement says applicants must have salesforce experience – ask yourself, when was there a time that you used salesforce, and what were your results? Why did using salesforce matter to the business and the bottom line?
Adding these keywords, will make your resume stand out and feel customized to the job you are applying for.
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3. Results and Numbers
If you want to write a resume that gets noticed you will also want to make sure you include the results of your input.
Going back to the example above – perhaps you used salesforce and by implementing salesforce you were able to save time by 20% percent.
Whenever possible on a resume, you want to try and quantify your answers and give a number or result.
A lot of people make the mistake of making the resume look like a job description. That type of resume is not going to stand out. Hiring managers are going to have a hard time understanding the impact that you had.
You want to be able to articulate the impact you had on the business, the bottom line, creating efficiencies, and driving culture. Numbers help showcase this.
4. Well-Rounded Applicants
Another thing to remember is that right now, companies want to hire well-rounded people. Employers want both hard skills and soft skills. This means they want to see signs of your emotional intelligence on your resume.
One way you can do this is by showing how you engage with other employees. You can show this with employee engagement scores, diversity equity + inclusion results – things that you’ve done to make the workplace more diversified and inclusive for others. Or, you can show how you’ve driven and inspired culture in the workplace. If this means you have to volunteer your time to include these points, then find those opportunities! This will dramatically set you apart.
Remember: a resume is not just about the bottom line but showing people management skills as well.
Writing a resume that gets noticed is key in this competitive job market. By quantifying your resume and showcasing how you are emotionally intelligent, your resume will be sure to stand out!
If you would like to see the full LIVE version of Jessica and Sarah’s conversation, check out Jessica’s Youtube Channel.
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