3 Things You Need to Know Before You Send Your Next Resume

How good is your resume? If you’re not hired yet, chances are good your resume isn’t doing its job well. If you’re not getting interviews and the right kind of attention from prospective employers, it’s time to update your resume so it works as hard as you do.

What are hiring managers looking for, and how can you give it to them? If you’re not sure, you’re wasting time and effort. How do you make the most of your resume and get hired? Before you send your next bland, boring resume that gets ignored, there are a few things you need to know. Let’s take a look, so the resume you send does its job.

1. You can skip ahead.

you-need-to-know-before-send-your-resumeThere’s a learning curve to writing a resume managers want to read. You have a choice.

You can spend weeks – possibly months or longer – sending resume after resume. When the phone doesn’t ring, you can tweak your resume in the hopes that the changes you make are the right ones.

How much time can you afford to lose trying this?

There’s a better way. Call me. I’ve helped professionals in dozens of industries get hired faster for over 16 years. How? By writing resumes that speak the language managers need to hear to take a second look at what you have to say.

How much is that worth to you? In less than a week, you’ll have a fresh salesman convincing employers you’re the right fit. Get more interviews, get hired faster, and get on with your life. Let’s talk today.

2. Know your resume’s job.

Your resume is a very important part of the job search puzzle. But it’s only a part of it.

Your resume has one job – to get your foot in the door. Managers don’t hire people from the resumes they receive. They eliminate most of the candidates from resumes, and interview the “interesting” ones.

Your resume’s job is to convince employers that you’re interesting enough for a second look. Design your resume to catch the eye of a hiring manager for the right reasons.

Don’t just grab a template and enter whatever comes to mind without serious thought. That’s what most do, and that’s what lands most resumes in the trash.

What makes you unique? What accomplishments demonstrate the skills this organization needs? What actions did you take that resulted in more profit, more time, more customers, less waste, and better results?

Your resume is your platform to strut your stuff. Don’t waste it with flowery words that don’t sell you. Tell your story in a way that makes an impact.

Craft the message of your resume around what qualities make you irresistible to the person making the hiring decision.

3. Specifics hit the target.

Everyone is a “team player.” Have you ever met someone who doesn’t think they’re a “hard worker” or “people person?”

Why use your resume to tell strangers the same thing everyone else is telling them?

What makes you different from the pack? What specific results did you obtain that made organizations better off? What tangible, quantifiable results made you a winner? What actions led to progress and victory in your previous jobs? Grab a piece of paper, get alone in a quiet place, and write down as many specific roles, accomplishments, actions, and results as you can from your past work history.

Think back to previous performance appraisals, awards, recognition, and other pieces of your history that add important ingredients to your story. Write everything that comes to mind, without editing yourself.

Also read your old job descriptions, if available. You performed tasks and got results you’ve forgotten about completely. These job descriptions will jog your memory. Can’t find them? Find a job description online for a similar position, and allow the listed qualifications to jog your memory about all you’ve done.

Now, here comes the important part. Imagine you’re a hiring manager, sitting across from you, looking at each item you’ve listed, and asking, “so what?”

Because that’s what they’re asking when they look at your resume.

So what if you led this team, worked on that project, or completed those duties? How does that translate to the job you’re applying for?

4. Putting it All Together

How do you make your resume sing the tune employers want to hear? Tell your story in a way that relates to what they’re looking for. Do your homework, figure out what they need most, and write the resume that paints the picture of you excelling in the role they’re filling. Better yet, call me at (321) 442-7994 and we’ll do it together.

Make an investment in your future with a resume / CV and cover letter written by Vivian Adkins, CPRW of Foremost Resumes. Foremost Resumes offers affordable resume writing services – resume prices are published here. If you have any questions about my resume services, call or text 1-321-442-7994.

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-Executive Resume Package
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Thank you!

—Vivian Adkins, Resume Writer at Foremost Resumes

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Vivian Adkins, CPRW
Vivian Adkins, CPRW is the owner of Foremost Résumés and a Certified Résumé Writer. On this blog you can learn about résumés, how LinkedIn can help with your job search, how to conduct an online job search, and more.
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