Don’t get coal in your job search stocking.
Interviews are scary. But if you have a great resume, interviewers better watch out, because a well-qualified applicant is coming to town.
A good resume does half of the work for you. Your interviewer will know your skills and accomplishments, so all you have to do in the formal interview is show that your personality and preferred workplace culture are in line with those of the company.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your resume for the new year.
Be a Rudolph, Not a “All of the Other” Kind of Applicant
When it comes to your resume, you want to stand out. How can you get your nose to shine so bright? With the right words.
A resume is a list of your accomplishments, not just a list of your responsibilities. That means you need glowing words to show that you made a difference in your previous positions. We’ve written several blogs about the best words to use in your resume: take a peek and you’ll go down in job search history!
Revamp Your Formatting with a Bit of Snowy Magic
Remember Frosty? The chilly guy with a jolly happy soul?
He was just a pile of snow before those kids threw that magic old silk hat on him.
A poorly formatted resume works the same way. There might be an impressive dancing snowman in there somewhere, but nobody is going to touch it with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole if your formatting is less than stellar.
There are several online websites that can help you create a well-formatted resume, including:
Take your pick and let us know what you think!
Deck the Halls with Resume Research
Your resume is one of many. It’s like you’re in a singing competition, and you want your fa la la to stand out from the pack.
One surefire way to do that is to do your research. You should tailor your resume to each company you apply to. What are they looking for in an applicant? Think of your resume as an essay response to their job description. They should be able to see that you harmonize with everything they want after a quick run through of your resume.
And that’s everything. Now you’re ready to jingle some bells and dash through your job search.
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Anything else you want to know about rockin’ around your resume for the new year? Let us know in the comments section below!