We live in a world with a lot of noise and competition in the job market. Attention is a scarce commodity. How will you and your resume stand out? Articulate the value of your resume by tailoring it to every job for which you apply.
Many students assume that the resume needs to contain their full job history. What we know is that it is far more effective to pick and choose the content based on what aligns most with the skills, experience, and abilities employers have signaled they are interested in through the job description. Note that there are likely additional attributes you should integrate that may not appear in the job description, but that you will uncover by researching the company, industry, and function. This demonstrates you have given thought to what success in the job will look like, including the approach to the work, relationships you’ll need to build, and personal characteristics that set you up for success. Doing so transforms your resume into a marketing document and will greatly increase your chances of being interviewed.
Here are some helpful steps to get you started:
- Analyze the job description to identify the employer’s needs and highlight keywords
- Review your experience and skills to see which qualifications you meet
- Find ways to incorporate keywords and skills into your resume, using tools such as Jobscan.co
Check out these articles and resources to help you in crafting a strong resume, and schedule an appointment with your career coach here in Handshake for additional feedback.