Hi guys and welcome to part 2/2 of my mini resume blog post series! Whether you’re applying for your first job or to your 5th, your resume can always use some editing.
A resume is all about what you have to offer and how you present yourself. So it’s important to have a really good and informative resume. Some resumes won’t even get looked at by a real person if they don’t pass through automated systems. I’ve had numerous professionals and professors look over and edit my resume. They gave me a lot of tips and guidelines along the way and today I’ll be sharing all that knowledge with you! So if you want to have a killer resume to land that dream job than just keep on reading!
If you would like to read part 1 you can find it here: 10 Things You Should Not Include On Your Resume.
What Your Resume Should Include
At the very top:
- First and Last name
- Professional email
- Contact number
- Linkedin profile
Sections: (This can be broken up in a few different ways depending on your experience! This is just how I broke up mine + it’s pretty standard.)
- Summary or objective statement (use this to include your soft skills and tie together years of experience.)
- Skills (hard skills)
Extra Sections: If you have less or no experience then you can add these sections as well. After you’ve gained experience make sure to remove these.
- Classes you’ve taken (make sure they connect to your major and will help in your job position.)
So what are hard skills and what are soft? Soft skills are people, social, and communication skills. They describe you as a person, some examples would be:
- Time management
When stating soft skills you want to make sure that they connect back to your job and major. For example, say you are applying for a job to work in a lab where you will be conducting experiments and sharing results only through written reports. In this, you would put traits such as detail-oriented, strong written, and analytical skills. You wouldn’t include skills such as leadership, teamwork, or presentation skills since you most likely wouldn’t be utilizing those skills. This isn’t to say those skills aren’t important to have but you have a limited amount of space so choose your skills wisely! If you want a great list of soft skills check out this website.
On the other hand, hard skills are technical and learned skills, no one is born with them. You either learn them through school or taking a course online. For example, I am Google Analytics and Hubspot certified. I did this by taking an online course and passing a certification test on their website. I also have experience with SPSS, WordPress, Mailerlite, Canva, iMovie, etc. Since I am going into digital marketing I know I need to be able to edit photos and videos, have experience with email marketing, data analytic software, and HTML/website creation. So through school, blogging, and taking online courses on my own I’ve acquired these skills. Once again hard skills vary from major to major, business majors will need to have data analytical skills whereas a nursing major most likely won’t. This website has amazing examples of hard skills you can utilize on your resume!
Focus on Keywords
Next, let’s talk about something really important and that’s keywords. Most resumes nowadays go through applicant tracking systems before a real employer even looks at it. So what are keywords? Keywords are phrases that describe specific job requirements. If the system scans your resume and doesn’t see any relevant keywords they will toss your resume to the reject pile before someone can even read it. We want to avoid this and you can do this by catering a new resume to every job. You don’t want to send the same resume to 10 jobs because chances are they all require different skills.
What I recommend doing is going through a job posting and pulling keywords out. For example, I screenshot a job posting for a data analytics position at Venmo below (you can find the full posting here.)
According to this posting, some keyword phrases you would want to put throughout your resume will include:
- Strong proficiency in MySQL and Python
- Basic experience with Looker and MS Excel
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
Of course, you want to make sure what you’re saying is true. If you’ve never used Python, don’t say you have. If you aren’t an expert in something that’s fine, just make sure to start with “basic experience with…” or “knowledge of …” For items you’re certified in or have been using for years you would state “Proficient in ….”
By placing these keywords and phrases throughout your resume the system will highlight them and move you on to the next step, which usually includes a real person looking over your resume.
Utilize Action Verbs
When starting off your bullets you want to make sure you are utilizing action verbs. Like I mentioned in part 1 of this series, you don’t want to use the word “I’ anywhere on your resume. Some strong action verbs include “executed, developed, managed, implemented, analyzed, etc. This website has over 100 verbs for every situation so make sure to check that out. Below I’ve also attached an example from my own resume
Another thing to keep in mind is verb tense. So if you are no longer working that job all your verbs should be in the past tense “executed, monitored, developed…)
Make Actions Quantifiable
Another important aspect when creating your resume is to include what you did at your previous jobs but also what you accomplished. The best way to showcase this and stand out is to include proof through quantifiable actions. For example, you managed social media sites at your internship but HOW many followers did you gain the brand? What was your engagement rate? Say you work in sales or finance, you would want to include how much sales increased. For example, you can say “Regularly exceeded quarterly sales goals by 15%”
Not every job is quantifiable which is understandable but anywhere you are able to put numbers, use them to your advantage! For example, at my desk job at my local hospital, there really are no numbers to report. However, for my blog and Instagram, I’m the only one running those and I have access to my insights so there is tons of opportunity to include quantifiable results!
As you can see from the picture above, I include how much money I make per Instagram post which is crucial because it shows if I’m able to make money for my personal brand, I can definitely do it for your brand! I also included my followers, and monthly visitors because I’m the one who implements a social media strategy to generate those numbers. It shows I’m not just running a social media account, but I have a strategy behind it and I’m succeeding at it too, which in return is generating me revenue and that is essential for the field I’m perusing.
These are some important aspects to focus on when writing your resume to land your dream job! Have any other tips or important aspects to note? Make sure to comment them down below.
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