Are you ready to apply for a job? For most professional positions, you’ll need to do more than fill out a job application or email a resume. It’s not enough to just send in your resume – you need to make sure the documents have been written in such a way that they’ll get you an interview. After all, winning an interview is your main goal when you apply for a job.This information will empower you to write an interview winning resume that will impress the employer.
Step One: Keywords
Closely match the language listed on the job posting. Pay attention mostly to position title, hard skills, requirements, key verbs/phrasing, locations, nouns common to the positions, and even employer names. But DO NOT be deceitful. You will get the interview, but end up wasting everyone’s time when you don’t get the offer because they find out you were fraudulent.
Step Two:Upload your resume to a job site as a Word doc as opposed to a PDF
Hotly debated, but you are at least a few percentage points more likely to properly screen for the keywords you used by ATS software.
Step Three:Add your LinkedIn URL to your header
Tired of seeing “references available upon request” on resumes? So was I. But you know where else you can show off your references to an inquisitive recruiter? On the recommendations section of your LinkedIn page… which is now listed as a blue logo & shiny URL hyperlinked on your resume.
Step Four:Be personable
At the end of the day, the company is hiring a human. Show off your human-ness and don’t be a robot like this one
Even ginormous and serious consulting companies like Deloitte want to know just as much about your ability to “fit in” as much as say a company like Buzzfeed does. By “fit”, I don’t mean “how fun are you on a scale of 1–10”… I mean like how likely are you to be motivated and dedicated to the company culture every single day. After all, U.S. companies alone spend billions each year on employee turnover when workers don’t fit their roles or company and leave. Robots don’t currently do well as full-time employees just yet.
(Your resume, while I advise should be mostly conventional, is at the end of the day, just a piece of human marketing. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and be different!)
Reach out to me for more tips… This was the only secret sauce I could think of applying to the general public— but I could brainstorm tons like I do for my clients depending on their industry/level of experience/hundreds of other variables.