Looking for work? If you are hard at it; scrolling through website after website, then here’s HR help!
Every job posting begins to look like the next, making it difficult for you to craft your resumé accordingly.
It’s common for job applicants to miss information on job postings, Indeed’s Paul Wolfe says not paying attention to key points mentioned on postings can mean the difference between you getting an interview or being passed over.
People often apply to jobs that are very similar and will use one universal resumé to apply. You need to take the time, each time, to carefully craft your letter and resume to be specific to each job application. Here are some tips to help you on your job search!
Pay attention to keywords
“Hiring managers want to see that you can speak their language and know the lingo of their industry,” Wolfe says. “When they see their own keywords mirrored back to them in your resumé, it reinforces the idea that you’re a strong candidate for the role.”
Answer any specific questions
If you come across a job description or application like this, make sure you follow the writing prompt closely. Employers include a prompt like this to assess your attention to detail and written communication skills.
Look for clues about the company’s culture
“Look for a culture fit – does the job description mention a casual or formal dress code? Does it highlight team building or employee volunteer opportunities? Do they mention any unique perks, like catered meals? All of these things can give you insight into the organization and help you craft an application that’s aligned with what the company stands for.”
Focus on the experience requirements
Applicants should focus on the requirements and experience required in the job description.
Last bit of advice
Here’s what every applicant should do before handing in their resumé, according to Wolfe:
- Make sure you cover the basics like your education, relevant work experience and contact information
- Format your experience as a list of short statements. Avoid dense paragraphs.
- Proofread your resumé several times over and get someone else to look at it. An outside perspective can help you catch errors that you’ve missed.
And lastly, don’t forget to make it your own.
“While you should have a standard resumé template, it’s important to customize your resumé based on the job posting each time you apply to a new role,” he says. “For busy hiring managers, your resumé provides a snapshot of your career and is often the determining factor in whether you land an interview.”