You’ve been following our job search tips: you’re focusing you search and thinking hard about what you want to do. For most positions, you’re going to need to write a resume. Here are some ways to make your resume stand out.
First, you can use some of the tips from this Resume Cheat Sheet. It includes all kinds of useful phrases you can use to make your skills and background shine. It also has words to avoid (like try or love). I tells you which fonts to use (no Comic Sans).
Still lost? There are resume templates available online. A good place to start might be with Monster.ca’s templates. There are dozens of examples there for all kinds of jobs, from welder to art director. I don’t suggest you copy and paste them (obviously you’d need to put your own information in it), but it’s really a good way to jump start your own resume creation, especially if you’re just starting out or considering switching fields.
Tailor your resume. You may be able to lay bricks, hang drywall, make pizza, and teach high school, but if you’re applying for all of those jobs, you shouldn’t use the same resume (okay, maybe the bricklaying and drywall jobs). If you can’t focus your job search, you should still focus your resume. Highlight relevant skills, focus on relevant qualifications, and use the appropriate technical terms. You can also highlight certain skills used by all your past positions. Communication is usually high on a recruiter’s list of required skills, for instance, so provide examples for each position. Leadership, problem solving, coaching: if you’ve used these skills, then mention them. They’re transferable, and work nearly anywhere.
Proofread. Better yet, get someone else to proofread. We all make mistakes, but you don’t want a typo or spelling mistake to eighty-six your application.
Send it to the right person. Most job postings will indicate where the posting is to be directed. Don’t send it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if the posting wants you to send it to email@example.com. If there’s a specific person mentioned, get it to them. And address your cover letter or email to the right person. If you send your resume to Microsoft, Bill Gates isn’t likely to read it (I’m sure there are exceptions). Address the person who’s hiring you. They’re the ones that are going to read it.
Hope this helps. As always, if you have any questions, you can get in touch, and we’d be happy to help.
Good luck on your search!