As Millennials continue to flood the market with increased education rates, more marketable skills, and more experience than ever before, the competition to land a job increases as well. At times, it can seem insurmountable for those just breaking into the market for the first time. However, what these first-timers often fail to properly depict is the most fundamental part of their application: their resume. The first signifier of an applicant, the resume, plays a role of the utmost significance in getting your foot in the door of the job you want. Yet, how do you write a killer resume? How do you appear professional but sociable? Relatable but experienced? Well, you could hire an expert for an immense sum of money, or you could follow some of these quick and easy tips to stand up, stand out, and get the job:
Don’t generalize your resume.
Be specific. The vast majority of applicants draft a resume they feel will be applicable to many markets because they are unwilling to draft specific resumes for specific jobs. From a more experienced perspective, however, this is a neglectful decision that could very well cost you the job. If you orient your resume for the particular job you are looking at, you are far more likely to stand out relative to other applicants. Take that extra time and customize your resume for the job you want. Employers will notice the nuanced details that establish you as the more credible applicant, and they will be more likely to get in touch with you to advance the interview process.
Be brief. Brevity is power.
In this regard, I am not necessarily saying that there is one key length you should model. Rather, I am merely advocating that you pay attention to the length of your resume. In no circumstance should it extend beyond two pages, and if it goes beyond one page, there should be a good reason, such as vital relevant experience that distinguishes you from the rest of the pool of applicants. Also, ensure that you are highlighting your strengths! Employers have to be told why they want you, and your resume is the first way to do so.
Make your Resume Tell a Story.
Your resume should tell a story. It should be easy to follow, letting an employer look at one job and understand how you ended up where you are today. There should be a clear example of professional development that not only elaborates on your work history and emphasizes your strengths, but also enables employers to see you at their company as the ending to your resume.
Resumes can be very difficult to formulate. Remaining brief while engaging and informative all at the same time is no easy feat, but if you incorporate the above tips, you should be well on your way to not just getting the interview—but getting the job. Good luck!