We live in a world of automation, where answers to questions are available at our fingertips and so many jobs are filled by artificial intelligence. This doesn’t mean that there are fewer jobs available; it just means that you need to find a way to showcase your skills and indispensable talent in a way that stands out from the crowd. As experts in the advanced technology space, we have the ability to truly understand the facets of new roles, and how to best represent candidates to employers in this field. Kim Isaacs, a Monster Resumé Expert, interviewed Candace Davies, owner of A+ Resumes for Teachers. Although aimed towards teachers, we found some great advice to support these 5 important tips to consider for your resumé when applying online.
Tip #1: Make it Simple
There are many resume tools online that can give you do’s and don’ts for a great resume. You may be tempted to incorporate all the tips you can find into your resumé – but keeping it simple is the way to go. Refrain from complex designs and distracting fonts and colours. Employers see thousands of resumes, so you need to get to the point as fast as you can. For example, Monster says to ask yourself questions like, “Have you kept current with your own continuing education?” If so, state only the relevant. For example, if you have a PhD, you don’t need your high school education listed (it’s implied). Trim off any unnecessary information where possible, and let your best skills and experience take centerstage.
Tip #2: Incorporate Keywords
Since everything is online, you need find a way to get noticed. Many candidate selection tools that companies use will filter applications before it reaches any employers’ hands. The best way to make the cut and get noticed is to incorporate as many keywords from the job description as possible. You may want to include industry-relevant terms that are not mentioned in the job description, too. “Keywords, which include industry-specific terms, jargon and acronyms, are especially important in today’s high tech world, where resumes are scanned and stored in computer databases,” writes Isaacs. “When there’s a job opening, electronic resumes are sorted and prioritized using keyword search terms.” When your resume goes through sorting, you want it to pass with flying colours.
Tip #3: Customize It
Your resumé must be customized to the position you are applying to. In order to stand out in their search, you must only include relevant information. Avoid including too much information that doesn’t pertain to the position, and include any extra documents you would be expected to attach to your resumé. Research to distinguish what your specific industry is looking for. For example, a writer needs a portfolio; engineers need credible companies to back them up, and trades need physical proof or evidence. Davies tells you to do this by highlighting key accomplishments. For example, teachers should ask themselves, “Have you incorporated any technology enhancements to promote learning across the curriculum? What did you do, and what were the outcomes?”
Tip #4: Show Your Passion For What You Do
In the summary section of your resume, give a brief and broad description of your professional background, but be sure to talk about any commitments you are working towards. If you’re applying for a programming job, and you are passionate about coding literacy, you’ll want to mention what you’ve done to fuel that passion. You may mention something like, “Committed to spreading coding literacy with five years of experience teaching programming to youth.” You’ll be saying to employers that you believe in the value of this work, and want others to find value in it too. Employers are usually looking not just for qualified individuals, but proactive people who are passionate about their industry. These individuals can not only do the job but can represent the team and the company.
Tip #5: Get a Second Opinion
You may check all the boxes and think your resume is perfect, but it’s easy to miss little mistakes. It’s always helpful to get a second pair of eyes on it because someone else is more likely to spot anything off from a fresh perspective. Having someone you trust proofread your resume is a must-do because they are able to see small mistakes you can fix before sending it out to hiring managers. Small mistakes add up and may give employers the impression that you didn’t put enough care and attention into your application.
Taking the time to tailor your resume is a smart move for anyone looking to land that interview for that dream job. Put a little more effort into customizing every job application for every job description. That attention-to-detail goes a long way. Beat technology by following these key points and you will be sure to pop up on your future employer’s list!