A new year will soon be upon us, which means it is time to look forward at what you hope to accomplish in 2018. As one year ends and another begins, many people make resolutions or set goals for how they want to change their lives going forward. Often, this means considering a career change.
The economy has picked up in recent months and unemployment rates are down, which means that if finding a job is one of your goals for the new year, you should be in a good position to do so. However, you’ll want to make sure that you are ready to present your best self — which means making sure you have an up-to-date and high-quality resume.
To get your resume in top shape:
Eliminate extraneous details
Hiring managers don’t want to look at a ton of information when they are presented with a resume. They want to quickly determine if you are a person who should advance in the hiring process. Make it easy for the hiring manager to see your relevant skills by removing any jobs that aren’t directly relevant to the fields you are trying to be hired to work in.
Be descriptive and specific about your skills
Your job descriptions shouldn’t be full of vague platitudes and generic language that leaves hiring managers unsure of what you have actually accomplished. Be as specific as you can be about things you’ve accomplished and include objective proof of your achievements, such as details about awards you’ve won or specific ways in which you’ve excelled in past work.
Use the buzz-words that will get your resume noticed
Check out job ads for your industry and look at the soft and hard skills that employers say they want. Pick out the key skills that show up repeatedly and that you possess and make sure your resume includes the traits managers are looking for. By using industry-specific keywords, you can also get your resume noticed online.
Customize your resume to each job
Once you’ve made your resume look great, you may assume you are done. The reality, however, is you don’t want to send a generic resume. The resume you create should serve as a template and springboard into the creation of a resume customized for each job that you apply for. When you submit an application, tailor your resume to the job ad so the hiring manager can immediately see why you would be an ideal fit.
A great resume is just the start of a successful job search. Working with a recruiter can be another key part of finding your dream career in 2018. A staffing professional can jump start your job search by helping you to land interviews in your field with companies hiring people like you. Contact Spectra 360 today to find out more about how our staffing service can help you make finding your dream job a reality in 2018.