Three things you might not think about — but should — when writing a resume

  • resumes
  • August 26, 2016
So, you’re a self-proclaimed resume writing guru. You’ve read through hundreds of online articles, such as “7 steps to a better resume,” and you’ve memorized our resume mistakes to avoid. There’s nothing else you need to consider before submitting your resume to a hiring manager, right? Wrong! Sometimes the little things you don’t even think about can make the difference between landing the interview — and eventually the job — and missing out on your opportunity.
 
Here are three simple — and sometimes overlooked — tips you should follow to build a more successful resume. 

Compare similar job listings

Of course, you’ll always want to base the language used in your resume on the posting for the job to which you are applying. If the position’s requirements list project manager experience, you’ll want to highlight that experience in a previous position.
 
But don’t limit yourself to this verbiage. Consider job requirements, qualifications and desires listed by other companies for similar roles. This should provide you with a better feel for what HR reps in your field are looking for. It should also give you additional pointers for what to include in your resume. The better your comprehension of the job type, the more chance you stand of eventually landing an interview. 

Bring in a friend

Have you ever stepped away from something you’ve worked on for awhile, only to return and see errors or other problems you simply didn’t pick up on the first time around? Fresh eyes can really lend new perspective. If you think you’re ready to hand in that application, hold off for a moment and have a friend look it over.
 
Not only can an outsider offer fresh eyes, but they can also bring a new perspective. You don’t need to do this every time you apply for a job if you’re only making slight alterations to your resume. However, a friend may offer good pointers as to what looks off, what stands out and what they take away from the resume. Don’t choose a friend who will just tell you ”It looks good.” Choose a friend who is willing to offer a useful critique. They may make a slight recommendation that drastically improves your resume. 

Upgrade your paper

It’s true that the type of paper you choose for your document really has nothing to do with what’s actually included in the resume. It’s also true that most job seekers will submit their resumes online. But what happens when you go in for the interview? If you’re handing a hiring manager a top-notch resume, why not present it as such?
 
Skip the regular printer paper. That’s what everyone else is using. Go with a heavier, thicker, professional grade paper. It is more expensive, but it immediately feels different to the touch and stands out from the crowd. Just keep it professional – leave that colored paper in the arts and crafts aisle.

Your perfect pitch

Remember, your resume is your elevator pitch to a potential employer, and you want it to be as impressive as possible. Use these three tips along with the resume writing knowledge you already have, and you’ll craft a perfect outline of your professional career that’s sure to make an impact.

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