Giving Thanks to Your Resume

It’s that time of year again. A time to eat turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and give thanks. It’s Thanksgiving Thursday! And what better way to celebrate the holiday than giving thanks to our favorite job search tool, the resume.

We thank our resumes for always being with us, and for traveling the unknown of the world wide web to meet with interviewers. But more than saying our thanks, we should show it with some resume updates, too! Here are a few ways to ensure your resume sparkles this holiday season.

  1. Condense, condense, condense!

Recruiters get hundreds of resumes, so they can’t spend a ton of time on each one. If you want a recruiter to review your entire resume, brevity is the way to go. This doesn’t mean you need to cut jobs that are relevant to the position you’re applying for; instead, use bullet points and subheads to save on space.

  1. Show your remote work capabilities.

If you’ve worked remotely during the pandemic, make sure to include that information on your resume. More employers are implementing remote work than ever before, and you want your potential employer to know that you can thrive under those conditions. For instance, if you held a customer service job during the pandemic, you’d want to note that you “handled a 30% volume increase of remote calls.”

If the job description mentions any remote work software you’re familiar with, make sure to note your experience with it in your resume.

  1. Use Your (Specific) Words

A great resume is one that uses specific keywords. This is both to get past the bots that control whether your resume is actually seen by a recruiter, and to impress the recruiter themselves. Skim the job description for any descriptive keywords and add those to your resume.

Here are a few blogs chock-full of keywords for you to use:

And that’s that! Your resume will thank you for making these updates. And as always, here at Job Journey we thank you for reading!

Do you plan on making updates to your resume? If so, what kind of updates? Let us know in the comments section below!

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