Your resume could be costing you that job and with up to 91 million Americans ‘on the sidelines’ there are plenty of people to fill it. But, there are a few things you can do to make your resume stand out in order to avoid missing the mark on your next job application.
First, choose a format for your resume. By using a format, your experience and skills appear more organized and structured. But what format should you use? The three best formats for a resume are chronological, functional, and combination.
Next, start your research. Research, research, research. Read the job description for the position you are applying for and learn as much as you can about the company. What does the organization do? What is their mission, vision, and goals? What would your responsibilities be in the position for which you are applying? Make a list of words that stand out to you in the requirements, preferred skills, and overview sections of the job description and match those words to your own experience, education, and work history.
Lastly, sell yourself. Now is not the time to be modest about your achievements. If you have accomplishments that you are proud of, list them on your resume. Add things that they may ask you to elaborate on in your interview. Interviewers pull questions directly from what you list on your resume so make it interesting. Make sure you are incorporating the words you wrote down from the job description. Employers often look for those key words in your resume before reading it through. What better way to stand out than to show them exactly what they asked for in the job description, right?
For additional help with resume building contact Goodwill Industries of New Mexico to learn more about job readiness programs and how you can make your resume showcase your best self.
About the Author
Christina Chavez is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Communication. She works as a blog writer in Albuquerque, New Mexico and enjoys writing for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico as she takes an interest in and job development and community service.
So you've got the job skills and training you need to get into the profession you've been dreaming of, you've polished your resume and maybe you even have a job interview or two lined up. Once you've successfully completed all of these steps, you should take some time to reflect on how far you've come and assess where you're going. Of critical importance is this: is the job you're applying to or interviewing for the right fit for you? Your job should be more than just a paycheck. It should provide a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment too. So, how do you gauge whether or not you should accept that job offer and start down an exciting new path? Consider the following question as you navigate the employment process, and I’m certain you'll end up in the ideal work environment for you!
Do you click with your future boss and coworkers?
The people that surround you in your place of work can lend office a feeling of a community in the office, or it can make your workday downright unpleasant. You will definitely meet your supervisor during the interview process. During that time pay attention to your interactions and make sure that your values are well aligned. Before accepting any job offer, ask to meet your future colleagues too. Though they don't say everything, first impressions can be very telling.
Does the work excite you?
I'd love to be movie star, but I'm not holding my breath. The simple fact is that not everyone can have their absolute dream job, but being enthusiastic about aspects of your work, or the skills you will acquire there and where they can take you in the future is essential for finding happiness in your employment. Being passionate about a job is a good thing, hating a job is a clear indication that it isn't a good fit long term.
What skills and traits does the job require? Do you possess them?
Carefully examine your resume and skill sets, as well as those outlined in the job description. Then consider how well suited you truly are for the position. You may be able to convince an employer of your ability to a do the job, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to do it effectively. Do you, yourself, believe you can do the job well and happily with your personality traits,unique skills and experiences? Know what you're good at and what you bring to the table, and target a position that requires those talents- that's a sure bet to achieve success.
So, you're ready to pursue your dreams and achieve big in the professional world? Local charity organizations like Goodwill Industries of New Mexico are a great resource for those in pursuit of success. As you navigate the job searching and interview process ask yourself the above questions so that you can make the transition into your new career with ease, and be happy as you gain expertise and experience. Good luck out there!
About The Author
Maggie Grimason is a blog writer living in Albuquerque, NM. She grew up in a family of social servants and teachers in northern Indiana and finds that blogging for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico satisfies creative energies as well as her commitment to ethical living and community service.