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The talent market is as red-hot as the real estate market! Most people are looking for new opportunities because COVID triggered the “Great Reflection”. Pernod Ricard In North America alone, we have received 15,000 resumes in the last 12 months. Approximately 100 characters are open throughout the year, which is an astounding ratio. Companies like Amazon, GE, Facebook and Google accept even more apps. Recruiters or hiring managers spend minutes (or even seconds) reading your resume and quickly scan it to see if you fit their role. As a home for sale, you need to stand out in the market and be able to highlight in just moments why your resume and experience are worth the extra look.
Shut down your resume
Whether we want to admit it or not, it looks to a point. If you’ve ever walked down your street and seen a house you love from the outside, you may be wondering what it’s like on the inside. When the recruiter sees your resume, the first thing they see is not the individual words on the page but the overall look and feel of your resume that indicate who you are. A cluttered, unstructured restart that spans up to 1mm of page boundary indicates that you may have trouble organizing or having trouble keeping it brief. Instead, follow some key points:
- Keep it simple – show only your last 3-4 past roles and gather the previous roles together in your career.
- Leave space – The crowded rಮ್sumುತ್ತದೆ can be distracting and overwhelming for recruiters who want to know your background quickly and efficiently.
- Use appropriate headers – Think about adding a “major achievements” section to the front of your resume that highlights your key accomplishments so they won’t be buried in your history.
- Use color – this is always optional but there is something about a colorful header or border that catches the eye!
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Strength is more important than color
Now that you’ve got their attention, you want them to feel full walk-through. When the renowned designers at HGTV walk through the most rugged homes, one can see the ability of the trained eye. Regardless of how exciting your resume is, a good recruiter will still look diamond in the rough and be able to take your experience and accomplishments. The most important part of your resume is a list of your past roles and experiences. You need to demonstrate what you have done and what difference it has made to your company and your professional development
- Pull the language straight from the job description — some companies use keywords searching algorithms from the job description, so while it’s time consuming, make sure you’re completing your resume for employers looking for their next hire.
- Don’t tell me your responsibilities, let me know your impact! – A common mistake that candidates make is to list the many responsibilities they have in the role. Yet no hiring or hiring manager wants to know if your expenses have been filed or that you have three direct reports. Recruiters want to know the impact you have made within the organization. Instead of saying you have a team of three, talk about how you supported their development or how they achieved the campaigns. Use this as an opportunity to talk about your impact as a leader.
- Provide ROI to Effect – Upon impact impacting, show it with as much concrete and objective data as you can. How many sales have you increased? What was the range of your customers? Is there an impact on engagement scores? What was the response? Quantifying your impact adds a strong weight to your experience and shows that you are leaving a legacy.
Showcase unique features
Some unique aspects of any home can deter buyers. Similarly, a skill-based resume focuses on the abilities and expertise you have gained throughout your years of experience rather than focusing on past roles. Completing more work through project teams, agile working groups and cross-functional workforce is changing the way employers are looking. Employers are looking for candidates who can “plug and play” into different areas of the business or turn to various transversal projects. Therefore, most recruiters are looking at the skills you bring to the table, so you can resume highlighting your skills and certifications. All resumes should include a skills section, but this type of resume is especially important:
- Have junior and limited work or volunteer experience in your career.
- Looking to move to a new industry or sector.
- Have a variety of experience and you need to create a more arched story for your resume.
Remember that knowing what to omit is just as important as knowing what to include. Keep your resume concise, focused, and professional. Make at least one person read your resume for typos and grammar mistakes. These simple steps can be the difference between that initial screening or the recruiter flipping to the next resume in their pile.
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Although the competition in the talent market is intense, if you invest time to draft a strong resume and customize it for the role you are applying, you can really stand out of the competition.