By Ginger Robitaille
Director of Operations, Turning the Corner, LLC
Your Resume is Your First Impression-Make it Relevant
Are you interested in finding a job as a Mechanical Engineer, Software Developer, or Digital Marketer? Does your resume look like this?
Objective: To obtain a job that allows me to use my customer service skills and gain more experience.
2013 – 2015
Manage a restaurant and track staff schedules
2012 – 2013
Serve tables and occasionally assist the hostess.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering – CU
If so, we need to chat, stat!
When you are on the job hunt, you must always present yourself as a relevant candidate. Whether you have just completed a new degree or are looking to make a change in your career path, you need to strategize about how to present yourself to potential employers. Your resume is your first impression with a potential new employer; make it a relevant one.
Seven Seconds is all you Have
As a Recruiter, I look at many resumes a day to fill various positions within numerous industries. If your resume hasn’t immediately caught my attention with what you have to offer my company, or my client’s company at the beginning of your resume, I won’t waste my time reading the rest of your resume. You have been moved to the “No” pile of resumes on my desk. Recruiters are busy people, just like many of you are. They will only spend seven seconds looking at your resume, unless you entice them to read more of it by providing relatable experiences to the position you are applying for.
Use Relevant Keywords in Your Resume
What do I mean when I say relevant or relatable? We are looking for keywords/identifiers to tell us that you have the background and experience we are in need of. For example, if you are a Web Developer with experience in C++, Java, and HTML5, have you listed this information on your resume? Is it hidden at the bottom, or not included at all? If the job description is specifically asking for these skills, make them STAND OUT on your resume!
Stand Out and Sell Yourself
This is your time to shine and a moment when you must allow yourself to brag about the experiences and qualities you bring to the table. Even for those of you that aren’t sales people, you need to be able to sell yourself! You must not be shy during the job search. Always highlight or emphasize through a cover letter the important and relevant skills you have to share with a company. You don’t want to be just another bland resume on a pile of discarded resumes. You want to be different- the future employee the company will not survive without!
We are here to Help – We know what we are talking about!
If you need help with your resume call or schedule a free consultation with us online at http://turningthecornerllc.com/contact/. We will help you determine if you are presenting yourself in the right light.