By Catherine Byers Breet
At some point in the hiring process people will ask you for your resume. Will they like what they see? Will they bring you in for an interview?
Many people get caught up in writing the ‘perfect’ resume. Sometimes so caught up they miss their opportunity because they don’t apply soon enough. There are 3 things you need to know about a resume:
So how do you craft a resume that accomplishes #2 and #3?
The most important thing to do when creating a resume is to follow these steps to identify the gaps you may have for the positions you want.
1. Don’t start with where you have been - start with identifying what your next employer wants to see. Skills, experience, certification etc.
Look at 4 or 5 online job postings you are really interested in and highlight what you think is most important to them. Based on the job title, company and industry determine what looks like the most important from the entire list.
Make a list of 10 -15 skills that they are asking for. Be specific.
Do your research by talking to people that are doing those jobs in that industry to verify your skill list. Make adjustments as necessary.
2. Identify if you have those skills or not.
3. Update your resume to reflect your work towards closing those gaps.
4. Check your resume against the job posting to see if you have utilized the correct keywords.
If you don’t ask, “What am I missing?” you will waste time looking for a job. They are asking that question on the hiring side of the desk.
Your resume is a tool to get you the interview. It is up to you to get through the interview questions to understand how your past fits their future.
If you are interested in learning more about writing a resume or improving your job search check out the Job Hunt Toolkit.