And you got interviews because of it. But you still want to take your resume one step further. Here’s what you can do to really put your resume over the top.
The 4th of July is just around the corner, and that means fun fireworks, shiny sparklers, and great food. Although you might not be able to celebrate with large groups of friends and family this year due to COVID-19, why not use the spirit of the holiday to fuel a resume revamp?
These days it takes a stellar resume to get an interview. You need to use powerful, specific keywords to highlight your experience. Here are a few of our favorite words to do just that.
But before you do that, look at your resume and see if you notice any of these major mistakes. You might be cutting yourself off from success without even knowing it.
You were at a job for six months or less and it ended. Maybe you quit, maybe you were let go, but now you have to figure out if it’s worth putting on your resume.
Some employers see a short-term job as a big question mark on your resume. Are you a job hopper? Are you a problem employee? You need to be ready to answer those questions. If you aren’t, it might be better to leave it off your resume.
But how do you figure out whether you should put that short-term job on your resume? Ask yourself the following questions.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. The birds are singing, couples are walking hand in hand, and love is in the air. But your resume is sitting at home alone, sad, and lonely on this most romantic of holidays. You’re their only hope. It’s time to schedule an update date with your resume!
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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. (more…)
Scare off the competition with your newly expanded vocabulary
Ghosts and ghouls are garish and ghastly. Zombies are zealous in their pursuit of brains. And warlocks are wild in their suspiciously suspect spellcasting.
But there is one creature more frightening, foul, and fatal than all the rest:
Only a select few enjoy resume-writing. For the rest of us, the onerous activity can seem like an exercise in futility, akin to trying to melt a witch wearing a water-resistant wetsuit.
You must get your foot in the door to score a job, and, unless you’re a zombie with the ability to throw your actual foot through the literal door, you’ll need a tip-top resume to get past the scanning robots and secure an interview.
Here are the tastiest words to make sure you don’t get eaten by the competition.
Words That Show You Take Initiative
You want to show your potential employer you didn’t twiddle your thumbs and do the bare minimum in your previous positions. Use these words to show you’re eerily experienced, and that you originated new and complex programs:
- Launched (a new project, blog, program, team activity, regular event, etc).
Words That Show You Are Results-Driven
Employers want results. Would you hire a ghost that scared “a bunch” of people or a ghoul that increased the individuals frightened by 72% within 2 years? Be specific with the following words:
- Seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, etc. (Again, be specific!)
- Dollars and cents; as exact as you can get
- Increased good thing (gross margin, sales, customer satisfaction) by ___%.
- Decreased bad things (customer complaints, workplace accidents, etc.) by ___ %.
Words That Show You Are a Team Leader
A true werewolf king is the leader of his pack. But that doesn’t mean he needs to repeat the word “led” five hundred times on his resume. Instead of saying you “led” a team, show you went above and beyond with these words:
And that’s it! Now that you have plenty of words in your resume pumpkin, you’re ready to turn it into a ferociously fresh job search jack-o’-lantern. So, get carving!
Any other “boo-tiful” words you’ve found effective in getting your resume noticed? Let us know in the comments below!