Have you heard the saying, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression”? Perhaps, this is most true when it comes to a job resume. While many companies use screening software to initially evaluate a candidate’s resume, recruiters are largely the first people you must impress.
To write a resume these days you need to squeeze yourself into one page. You need to check off all the required keywords, and avoid saying anything that might get you screened out. No wonder you often wind up looking like just another systems administrator or social studies teacher!
Meanwhile, employers want to know who the candidates really are. Researchers at Texas Christian University studied 244 recruiters and found they made inferences about applicants’ extraversion, openness to experience, and conscientiousness based on their paperwork. Unfortunately, those guesses were largely invalid and unreliable.
It’s time to help each other out. Learn how to use the style and content of your resume to let the real you shine through.
Keep in mind that personalizing your resume helps you stand out and find a workplace where you’re more likely to feel like you belong. So, when you’re customizing your application for each position, take a few extra minutes to include some details that will tell hiring managers what makes you special.