Hungry for a new job this holiday season? Follow this simple recipe for a tasty new resume and enjoy a main course of great interviews that lead to your next sweet job.
1 Microsoft Word document
3 – 4 relevant job postings
800 – 2000 words
3 cups experience
1 cup relevant skills
1 cup previous achievements
1 bottle Key Word marinade
3 tbls contact information
2 tbls education
Season to taste
- Preheat brain to 350 degrees. Lay out ingredients on Word Document in the following order: 3 tbls contact information, 50-70 words introductory paragraph, 1 cup relevant skills, 3 cups experience, 1 cup previous achievements, 1 tbls education. Combine ingredients in document.
- Place resume in warm brain for 20 minutes.
- Lay out relevant job postings on cutting board. Find key elements by cutting away fat, keeping only desired skills and experience. Combine to create the key word marinade.
- Remove resume from brain and add key word marinade. Return resume to brain and bake for 20 minutes.
- Season to taste with personal flavor to capture your unique personality.
- Garnish with cover letter and serve to potential employer.
All metaphor aside, a good resume starts with a basic understanding of what goes into making one. When writing a resume, most people ignore some essential elements. Just like a failed soufflé, missing the essential ingredients will make the resume fall flat. Without the right key words, it can’t pass the screening process. Not enough spice and it will bore the hiring managers.
Don’t forget to do a taste test before sending your resume out to potential employers. Show it to colleagues, friends, and family to get their opinion. Remember to put more credence on the opinions of people within your industry, but multiple reviews can also spot the simple grammar or spelling error that can ruin a resume. If you are working with a recruiter you trust, they can provide some guidance as well.
Remember, your resume should be a representation of you on paper. You want the employers to savor it, not just screen it. While key words can get you through the door, you still have to impress the hiring manager with your relevant knowledge, skills, and experience to land the interview.