by ResumeSpice Consultant | Jan 13, 2023 | Candidates
Times are tough and the economy is uncertain. If you’re wondering if you should polish your resume, it certainly couldn’t hurt. If you do feel the need to launch a search for a new job in 2023, you’ll have your resume ready to go, so you can hit the ground running.
However, before you get to work on updating your resume, there are a few trends to be aware of…especially if it’s been a while since your last job search. Keep the following five trends in mind so that when you apply, you impress hiring managers.
Trend #1: Demonstrate growth, effectiveness.
With a potentially rocky road ahead in 2023, you want to be able to demonstrate how you’ve helped past employers to navigate difficult or uncertain situations. If you’re not sure what specifically to put on your resume, then review job postings from potential employers you’re interested in. They’ll make their needs and pain points clear, so you can address them on your resume with relevant examples of ways you’ve helped past employers in similar situations. Don’t forget to include an example in your cover letter, as well.
Trend #2: Connect the dots from accomplishments to impact.
Another important takeaway when adding 2023 trends to your own resume is to go beyond simply quantifying your work to showing the impact it has made. For instance, if you renegotiated a contract that saved the company $100,000, where was the company able to invest those savings and grow as a result? Connect the dots between your accomplishments, the impact they made with the company, and why that was important.
Trend #3: Keep your resume simple and make it easy to understand.
Your resume is the highlight reel of your career. Keep it concise and simple, so it’s easy to read for hiring managers and see quickly why they should call you for an interview.
For instance, focus on the top four or five skills – and the impact they’ve made – on your resume at the top with a Summary of Qualifications. This will likely change from job to job since you should be customizing it with every application.
The same goes for bullet points under each position you’ve held. Focus only on the most important details and strongest skills. Don’t go overboard with 10-12 bullet points, just the top 3-5 that are more relevant.
Simplicity is also important when it comes to formatting. Unless you work in a creative field, don’t add graphics and fancy design elements to your resume.
Make the case clear as to why you’re a good fit and stick to basic fundamentals for resume formatting (think bold job titles, bullet point lists, and wide margins). Hiring managers want an easy-to-follow resume, so they can tell fast if you’re a good fit for the position.
Trend #4: Don’t forget about keywords.
Applicant Tracking Systems are here to stay, and companies large and small use them to screen resumes. So you’ll need to format your resume for these as well. The most important aspect is including keywords. Don’t stuff them all over your resume, but do sprinkle them in sparingly.
Not sure what keywords to include? Look to the job posting for the most relevant ones for each unique position, so you can optimize your resume for the ATS and get it in front of a hiring manager. You can also use online tools to find out what keywords are best for specific positions.
Trend #5: Show some personality in your cover letter.
Your resume details your skills, accomplishments and what sets you apart in terms of abilities. However, your cover letter should show some personality.
Tell a story that highlights a key soft skill you have and how this can help you get the job done. Explain why you want to work for the company and how you can add value, whether you love public speaking or are amazingly organized and detail oriented. You’ll stand out to the hiring manager but showcasing both your technical strengths and the soft skills you can bring to the table.
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by ResumeSpice Consultant | Dec 23, 2022 | Candidates
Writing a resume can be challenging enough. However, if you have a mix of full-time and temporary jobs, or mostly temporary jobs, it can be tricky to know how to list them – or if you should include them at all. Here’s a look at the pros and cons, so you can create a resume that works for you.
When to List Temp Jobs & When to Avoid It
In most cases, you should list your temporary work. After all, you don’t want a hiring manager to think you have a big gap in your work history when really you were employed in temporary assignments.
The question is how to list it. For instance, do you list each job separately as its own position, or do you group them together under a “Temporary Jobs” subhead? The decision is up to you, however, it’s one area where a professional resume writer can make the best recommendation.
The only time when listing a temp job can hurt you is if it’s far outside your field. For instance, if you’re applying for a job in accounting, and you took a temp job at a seasonal restaurant to make ends meet, then don’t want highlight it on your resume – unless there’s something relevant to the position you’re applying to.
How to Put Temp Work on Your Resume
If you decide to include your temporary jobs on your resume, you need to approach it properly. Otherwise, your resume might look confusing and messy. Generally, you should list your jobs in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent position.
Next, be sure to state the employer’s name, your job title, and label it as temporary. If it lasted for two months and you don’t indicate it was temporary, you’ll look like a job hopper. Avoid this by calling out your jobs as temporary. Also, list your dates of employment, your duties, and highlight any achievements, just like you would with a full-time job.
Here's an example:
Temporary Receptionist, August 2022-November 2022
- Greeted up to 80 clients and visitors and answered 60+ calls each day, connecting callers with the appropriate individual.
- Prepared weekly bank deposits averaging $72,000.
- Proactively responded to email inquiries from prospects within 24 hours.
- Managed travel arrangements for senior leadership team, consisting of six directors, on a regular basis.
Generally, if you’ve had a couple of positions like these, then you can list them each separately. However, if you worked with a staffing agency and your career basically consists of only temporary jobs, then take a different approach to the way you discuss them on your resume.
Instead of listing them individually, group jobs under the name of the staffing company. This will make it easier for hiring managers to scan and understand.
Here's an example:
ABC Staffing Company, 2018 – Present
Contracted with the staffing company to fill a range of administrative opportunities as a front-end receptionist in industries, such as accounting and finance, as well as marketing and legal. Performed a variety of diverse duties and tasks, ranging from making travel arrangements to answering phones, greeting guests, and managing office supplies.
- 123 Co. (March 2018 – November 2018): List tasks and accomplishments here.
- Smith Mfg. (December 2018 – June 2019): List tasks and accomplishments here.
- Jones Inc. (July 2019 – May 2020): List tasks and accomplishments here.
- Crane Co. (August 2021 – April 2022): List tasks and accomplishments here.
- Smith Mfg. (May 2022 – November 2022): List tasks and accomplishments here.
Whatever way you opt to list your temporary work experience, you want to impress the hiring manager. Besides providing a professional resume that is clear and easy-to-read, also:
Don’t simply list what you do in your temporary roles, but the objectives you helped the company achieve. The more you’re able to paint a picture, using specific examples of the value you added, the better your chances of getting a call for an interview.
Stick to the facts.
You don’t have say you’re a “driven performer” or a “hard-working collaborator.” Anyone can claim these generic statements and there’s no way to back them up. Instead, stick to the facts of what you’ve done and the results you’ve achieved. Hiring managers will take you more seriously, as a result.
Don’t include unnecessary information, like hobbies or personal details. Instead, provide only information that is most relevant to the job. To do that, read through the job description as you’re writing your resume and ask yourself what skills, tasks, duties, and achievements are most important to highlight. This means you’ll be tailoring your resume for each employer, taking more time, but yielding better results.
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by ResumeSpice Consultant | Dec 16, 2022 | Candidates
Work in marketing and looking for a new job? There are opportunities in a wide range of specialties, all requiring different skill sets and abilities.
However, they do have a few things in common, which you need to cover on your resume to land your dream job. Whether you’re a creative director, graphic designer, senior copywriter, account executive, or analytics expert, here’s a look at three of them:
Marketing is about promoting an idea or product, building relationships with customers, and looking for new ways to grow market share. This all requires creativity. So whatever type of position you’re looking for in marketing, it’s important to highlight your creative abilities.
This is key if your experience is in areas like photography, design, or writing. However, even if your background is more strategic or in sales or project management, you still need to demonstrate your capacity for creative thinking. This is what helps companies to inspire their sales people, explain and promote products and services, capture more attention from customers, and ultimately sharpen their creative edge.
Some examples of ways to cover your creativity on your marketing resume include:
- Developed content for company blog that increased readership by 30% over the course of 1 year.
- Developed social media posts that highlighted new company products with a 22% clickthrough rate.
- Designed infographics for a campaign that promoted a new company service, leading to a 10% increase in sales.
- Designed collateral materials for a tradeshow that led to the company securing its largest account in its history.
Another skill that is important to have in marketing it strategic thinking. It’s critical whether you’re designing a website or overseeing a major marketing campaign.
When you think strategically, you’re essentially defining an objective, identifying ways to achieve that objective, and creating recommendations for the best option to move forward with. Being a strategic thinker is the opposite of being an instinctual or spontaneous thinker. It means you ask questions, can identify what you want to achieve and the obstacles in the way, know your options for solutions, and can identify the most effective one.
Whether you’re communicating with consumers, vendors and partners, employees, or the general public, you need to think strategically to cut through the clutter and get noticed. Otherwise, you’re simply more noise.
So how do you highlight your strategic thinking skills on your resume? Here are some ways:
- Developed and launched a digital marketing strategy that delivered a 19% profitability gain.
- Created a content marketing plan and strategy that increased number of organic leads by 32%.
- Initiated a post-click marketing platform to improve on-page conversions by 12%.
- Generated 250 new sales leads for company with marketing strategy for national tradeshow.
Marketing is all about communication, whether it’s written, verbal, or visual and whether you’re communicating in-house or to those outside the company. Strong communication skills are therefore vital to include on your resume, so you can demonstrate your ability to inform and inspire, whatever your marketing role is.
This goes beyond communicating in actual marketing materials, but also with your team and other players within the company. If you’re commonly tasked with giving presentations, for instance, to get buy-in from senior leaders, then your communication skills are essential. You’ll also need to be able to go back and guide your team based on feedback from company leadership to ensure everyone is on the same page and progressing in the right direction.
When it comes to discussing communication on your resume, some ways to focus on it include:
- Managed a team of 12 individuals to launch a new marketing initiative to promote a company product that increased sales by $2.1 million.
- Developed training materials for new company employees to onboard them effectively, leading to a 45% increase in retention after six months of employment.
- Improved close ratios for sales team by 27% with quality print and digital collateral, along with a landing page for customers and prospects to learn more.
- Routinely presented pitches to company leadership at the firm and also presented a marketing trends seminar at three industry association meetings.
When your resume highlights these three skills – creativity, strategic thinking, and communication – you’ll demonstrate to hiring managers that you have what it takes to perform the job.
Keep in mind, just as in marketing when you focus more on the benefits and less on the features, it’s important for you to focus more on your achievements and less on the tasks you performed. This means listing quantified outcomes wherever you can and providing specific examples of how your work benefitted the company.
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by ResumeSpice Consultant | Nov 11, 2022 | Candidates
Resume writing can get complicated, especially if you’re not sure which format to follow. This all depends on a number of factors.
For instance, are you a recent college graduate? Or do you have decades of experience? Also, have you worked in temporary roles in the past and are now looking for a permanent option? Or do you only have full-time positions to list?
The answer to these questions will impact which format is best for your job search. It’s important to know ahead of time because hiring managers only quickly scan resumes. If yours isn’t in the right format, it will get sidelined, fast.
To help ensure that doesn’t happen to you, and that you get a call for an interview, here are a few common types of resumes and the pros and cons of each format.
Reverse Chronological Resume
The reverse chronological resume is the standard for most companies and hiring managers. This is where you list your work history in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent position.
After your work history, generally you’ll include education, and then any awards, accolades, and certifications, followed by miscellaneous information, such as volunteer roles or literacy with a certain computer program that’s important for the job.
This is the resume format used in a wide range of industries, from accounting and finance to healthcare and many others. If you have a solid work history and years of experience, then this resume format can help you highlight it.
The only con to this resume format is that it will show any gaps in employment. If you were out of the workforce for a period of time, you should discuss why in your cover letter so it doesn’t count against you. You can also point to any courses or volunteer opportunities you were involved with during that time away from the workforce.
If you’re thinking an online resume is the best fit, one of the common places to post yours is in LinkedIn. This way, hiring managers can not only see your resume, but also learn more about you through your summary, recommendations and any additional information, like links to work samples, you can provide. This, in turn, can paint a vivid picture as to why you’re the best fit for a particular job opportunity.
Even if you submit a traditional resume in a Word document or as a PDF, having a LinkedIn URL is a great way to stand out. Again, you are able to provide more information than what will fit on your resume.
As a result, a hiring manager can find out specific details about your work accomplishments, read testimonials and recommendations from those you’ve worked with in the past, and review any posts you’ve published establishing you as a thought leader in the industry.
Additional Tip: DON'T Use a Functional Resume
In a previous blog, we laid out several reasons to avoid using a functional resume. Rather than listing work history in order, this type of resume focuses on skills and experience that match the particular job you are applying for. The issue with this type of resume is that it’s often used to hide a spotty work history or gaps in employment. Hiring managers know this, which is why this type of resume is a clear red flag for them.
Also, we’ve mentioned previously that your resume may only get around six seconds of a recruiters’ time when they pull it up. That’s a very short period to decide if a candidate should move forward or be taken out of the running completely. A functional resume hinders recruiters from understanding your career path timeline, or even the exact details. Functional resumes require digging and recruiters do not have enough time to connect your skills to your job history. Stick to a format that always places your skills and achievements next to your company and tenure.
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by ResumeSpice Team | Nov 7, 2022 | Interviewing
Whether you have an in-person or virtual interview, you’ll want to come prepared and give your best shot to get the role you’re aiming for. While it’s good to prepare for common questions that interviewers will likely ask you, the interview process doesn’t end there. There’s usually a time during the interview when the hiring associate will open the floor for any questions you may have.
Asking meaningful questions during this period gives you an edge over other applicants and reaffirms your interest in the role and the company. Below, we’re sharing the 50 best questions to ask in a job interview and some tips to help increase your chances of getting hired, so keep scrolling.
Asking the Right Questions During a Job Interview
When an interviewer encourages you to ask questions, you should have two goals. The first one is to evaluate the company itself and if the job is really for you. Working in a company is a commitment, so you’ll want to make sure that you, the company, and your role are all compatible.
Another goal is to prove to the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the position. Coming prepared is always a good sign, and interviewers will notice if you approach this segment of the interview with confidence and preparedness.
You can also achieve your goal of getting hired by asking insightful questions. Refrain from questions that are answerable by a simple yes or no. Instead, raise questions that require detailed answers. Ask about the company’s goals, struggles, future opportunities, developments, and more.
It’s also important to personalize your questions. Avoid generic language and make it applicable to your role. For example, do not just ask the interviewer what a usual day in the office looks like. Instead, ask how a usual day for you in this position looks. Apart from showing genuine interest in the role you’re applying for; you’re also helping the interviewer visualize you performing the job.
Don’t be too robotic. Ask questions that make this part of the interview a continuation of your conversation. For example, if earlier in the interview the hiring manager mentioned a project that you would potentially work on in this role, you can follow up with a question that brings up more detail about that project or ones like it. By letting the conversation flow smoothly and naturally, you’re also building rapport with the hiring manager.
Top Questions Focused on the Job
By asking questions specific to the job you’re applying for, you’re showing your interest and commitment to the role. Moreover, you should have a clear grasp of what your day-to-day responsibilities would be to set your expectations and avoid any surprises and frustrations.
- What does a typical day or week look like for this position?
- What are the most crucial things I must accomplish during my first 30, 60, or 90 days in the position?
- What are the most immediate tasks or projects that I should fulfill? Can you give me some examples of the projects I’d need to accomplish?
- May I know if this is a new role or if I’ll be replacing an employee who’s about to leave?
- How does your performance review process work? When and how often would I receive the evaluation?
- What metrics does the team use to assess performance for this role?
- What are some of the biggest hurdles that an employee taking this role would face?
- What are the skills and attributes needed to be successful in this position?
- Is there a chance for the major responsibilities for this role to change over the next six months? How?
- How does this role contribute to the overall success and growth of the company?
Best Questions Focused on the Company
Learning more about the company you may be working with will help you see if you share the same values and if you’re going in the same direction. Working with others who share your values will give you a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness in the long run.
Moreover, asking the following questions can give you an idea regarding job security. At the same time, you’re highlighting your commitment to the company.
- What goals are the company focusing on right now? How does the team help ensure these goals are met?
- What direction do you think the company will be moving in several years from now?
- I’ve learned about how the company started, but can you share with me how the company has changed over the years?
- What makes you excited about the future of the company?
- What can you share with me about new products, services, or development plans?
- How would you describe the most important values of the company?
- What steps does the company take to make sure its values are practiced and maintained?
Practical Questions Focused on the Interviewer
Raising questions related to the interviewer is one way to establish rapport with a potential colleague. It also means that you’re interested in them as a person and not just a tool to help you get the job. In addition, you’ll get an insider’s view of the working environment. You might also just learn how the interviewer started and progressed in the company.
- How long have you been working with this company?
- How has your role changed since you started working here?
- What is your favorite thing about being part of this company?
- May I know why you chose to work for this company?
- What is it about your job that gets you most excited in the next several months?
- What challenge(s) do you often or occasionally encounter with this job?
- Are there some future projects or initiatives that you’re particularly passionate about?
Smart Questions Focused on the Team
To help you find out what type of team you’ll be working with and determine if it’s the right team for you, try asking some of the following questions. These might give you a chance to mention some experiences you’ve had working with similar teams, thus reinforcing how you’re suitable for the role.
- Can you tell me more about the team I’ll be part of?
- To whom would I report directly?
- Who would I be working with most closely?
- What other units or departments will my team work closely with and how?
- Are you planning to hire more people for this team in the next six months?
- What are the strengths and challenges of the team?
- What kinds of skills do the current team lack that you think a new hire could offer?
Interesting Questions Focused on the Culture
Knowing about the company culture can help you determine if it’s the right company for you and if you’ll enjoy working there long term. You’ll also get a glimpse of how the company values employee happiness and work-life balance. Ask questions related to what matters to you in a company’s culture. Here are some ideas:
- What office tradition do you like the most?
- Can you tell me more about the work environment? Is the work generally more independent or more collaborative?
- What’s something different about working in this company from other organizations you’ve worked for?
- Does the company hold events with other departments or organizations?
- How do you usually onboard your employees? How does the organization ensure the same standards and opportunities for both remote and in-office employees?
- How has the company developed since you joined here?
- Is there anything that I should study or read before starting that can help me develop a shared understanding and stronger relationship with my colleagues?
- What does the team often do for lunch? Do team members spend time with each other outside of the office?
- How does the team create and maintain a strong, healthy relationship with each other?
Best Questions About Future Opportunities
While you’re still trying to get the job, it’s best to see what opportunities await you should you become part of the company. You’ll want to grow both professionally and personally. Moreover, asking questions about future opportunities will let the hiring manager see how dedicated you are to excelling in the job and not just simply showing up and completing tasks every day.
- How does your onboarding process work?
- Does the company offer professional development opportunities? How do these work?
- How are employees rewarded who excel in their roles?
- Will there be stretch assignments that can help me acquire new skills?
- Do you think the role will expand in the future?
- Does the company provide on-the-job training?
- Will there be an opportunity to represent the team or company at conferences and other events?
Common Questions Regarding the Next Steps
Before the whole interview ends, you’ll want to make sure the interview has all the necessary information they need to consider you for the job. At the same time, you want to know what to expect afterward, so ask these questions.
- May I know the next steps in the interview process?
- Are there any other questions that I can answer for you?
- Is there anything else that I have to provide that may be helpful?
By asking if they have final questions for you, you’ll have a chance to address any possible objections they may have. Moreover, you can clarify any questions they have regarding your qualifications for the role.
Questions You Should Avoid
Apart from learning the 50 best questions to ask in a job interview, you should also know what questions to avoid, so you won’t lose your chance of getting the role. Examples include the following:
- What will be my starting salary?
- Can you tell me about your leave policies?
- How soon do you promote or give a raise to your employees? How often do you give bonuses?
- Will I have my own office?
- Who are the top competitors of the company?
- Are there any other roles open?
- When will you make an offer to someone for this position?
- How soon can I file for vacation leave after getting hired?
- What is the worst part about working here?
Asking about the salary might create an impression that you’re only after the compensation. Besides, companies often indicate in their job ads the salary. Thus, avoid questions related to salary, promotions, vacation and sick leaves, and other benefits.
You don’t want to sound arrogant or impatient with questions like if you’ll have your own office or if you got the job. Instead, show that you respect their hiring process, and let them approach you first regarding their decision.
Moreover, avoid asking questions that can be answered with quick research. You’re expected to search about the company and the role, so keep your questions relevant and personalized.
A job interview is a two-way process. The company needs to see if you’re the right person for the job and you need to determine if the role, the company, and its culture are what you’re looking for. When the interviewer asks you if you have any questions for them, use these 50 best questions to ask in a job interview.
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by ResumeSpice Team | Oct 31, 2022 | Resume Writing
Selecting the right resume writing service involves more than finding a company that can string together a few sentences and facts. The chosen service needs to effectively summarize your attributes, experience, and knowledge in a format that flows, while making you stand out from other applicants. The checklist of must-have features below will streamline the process and help you eliminate unqualified companies
#1: Experience Counts
The job market of today is the most competitive in decades, which means you need a professional resume writing service that has concrete experience across a broad range of industries. Rather than relying on a single person who has limited first-hand recruiting experience, look for a company that has in-depth recruiting experience and has worked with hiring managers and human resource personnel who make decisions on job seekers’ resumes every day. They will be more likely to put together a resume that effective captures the hiring manager’s attention.
#2: Consultations, Not Forms
Most resume writing companies incorporate initial forms that ask clients to input key information about their career goals. A company that excels will couple the form with extensive consultations. Choose a company that offers a choice of several consultations formats such as Skype, in-person, and phone to fit your style, personality, and schedule. This approach results in a customized resume that reflects what you have to offer and how you are the best choice for the job.
#3: Timely Delivery
Everyone's heard horror stories about someone finding a listing with the perfect job, only to find out later that an applicant was chosen within a few days of the job posting, before they even had a chance to apply. When it comes to nailing the job you want, timeliness is critical. Look for a professional resume writing service that can turn around a first draft of your resume in as little as two days
#4: Quality Shines Through
Working with a team at a resume writing service not only ensures that your resume gets the customization you deserve, it also enjoys scrutiny from people with different perspectives who each have something to offer. This team effort guarantees that at least two different people work on and review your resume so that it passes the applicant tracking systems utilized by most employers.
Some sort of guarantee is pretty standard for resume writing services. What you'll often find after you dig a little deeper though, is lots of fine print and exclusions. These are designed to protect the resume writer — not you. A resume writing service that is confident in its ability and that has proven itself within the industry, needs no such fine print. Instead, look for a company that offers a simple guarantee that results in actionable steps for you, such as a free rework of your resume if you don't receive a request for an interview within 60 days.
A resume is your introduction to a potential employer and, as such, should be trusted to a proven, professional resume writing service. Finding the right resume writing service that can deliver a powerful document that generates results, might just be the best investment you make this year.
Call ResumeSpice to learn how we can help you stand out in a crowded marketplace with a resume that gets the attention it deserves. As one of the country’s leading professional resume writing services, we can help you produce a winning resume. Contact us today to learn more at 832.930.7378.
by ResumeSpice Team | Oct 31, 2022 | Resume Writing
Is one of your career resolutions to find a new job? Then, as one of the leading career coaching services, ResumeSpice knows your resume is a critical tool in the process. But if you haven’t looked at your resume in a while, then it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you create a great resume so you can land your dream job, here are 5 tips to help:
Tip #1: Brainstorm about your background.
When you’re first starting out, don’t filter yourself. Instead, write down everything you can think of regarding your career, including past jobs, accomplishments, awards, new skills, certifications earned, continuing education, and any other relevant facts. You can edit all this information and tailor it later.
Tip #2: Concentrate on the wins.
For each position you’ve held, don’t just define your tasks and responsibilities. Hiring managers want to know more than you just “Ordered office supplies.” Instead focus on the positive impact your work had on the company, as well as any important accomplishments. For example, state that you “managed the office budget and office supply contracts, re-negotiating with vendors and saving 15% on supplies in the process.” Hiring managers want to see a track record of success backed up by facts and figures.
Tip #3: Look for help from other sources.
Writing a great resume isn’t easy. Instead, look for inspiration from other sources around the web to jumpstart your thought process. For instance, a site like LinkedIn could be helpful when you look for other professionals with a background similar to yours to see how they market themselves. That’s not to say you should be copying and pasting from the web; but it’s a great place to go as a guide.
Tip #4: Take a look at past evaluations.
You can also look at your past performance evaluations as another source of inspiration when you’re writing your resume. If you have copies of yours, look for your areas of strengths and positive comments from your past bosses. It will also help ensure you don’t overlook any important areas in your background.
Tip #5: Tailor your resume every time you apply.
Don’t send the same resume to every job you’re applying to. Instead, tailor and tweak it for each unique position. For one position, knowing a certain computer program could be critically important. If that’s the case – and you’re literate in that program – then tout that detail at the bottom of your resume in a “Skills” section. Remember, you’re trying to not only give hiring managers an overview of your background, but also stand out in a sea of other candidates.
Your resume is your ticket into the interview process. By following the tips above, you can ensure you create a great one that gets results.
If you’d like more help creating your resume, or finding job leads, reach out to ResumeSpice. As a leading career services company, we can assist you with the entire job search process – from writing a strong resume to preparing for interviews to ongoing career coaching.
by ResumeSpice | Oct 31, 2022 | Resume Writing
Searching for a job can feel tedious and thankless. You put countless hours into researching companies, finding relevant open positions, drafting cover letters, tweaking and submitting your resume, only to receive a canned email response in return – if you’re lucky.
In fact, the number of resumes that get reviewed by human resource managers is strikingly low. Thanks to ubiquitous automated Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), most resumes are scanned for relevant keywords before making it to an actual human for review.
by ResumeSpice Consultant | Oct 28, 2022 | Candidates
In today’s day and age, having a digital portfolio is a must for certain positions. It can help you distinguish yourself from other candidates, showcase your track record of successful accomplishments, and land the job. If, however, you’re not familiar with this kind of portfolio, or what types of jobs it’s best suited for, here’s everything you need to know.
What Is a Digital Portfolio?
A digital portfolio is simply a sampling of your best work available in digital format. With this collection, it’s easy for hiring managers to click a link and see actual examples of past projects you’ve completed. This gives them visual evidence that you have what it takes to do the job and thrive at their company.
You don’t want to include all your work in your portfolio, just the most compelling pieces from your work history, or those that are most relevant to your current job search. If you already have a digital portfolio but haven’t updated it recently, then now’s the time to delete old work and add fresh samples so you can make the best impression possible on hiring managers.
Who Uses a Digital Portfolio?
Digital portfolios aren’t expected for every job. Rather, they’re best used in fields, like marketing, PR, web design, photography, videography, and web engineering. They can also be a great way to capture the attention of the hiring manager in fields like journalism and photo journalism, as well as more technical jobs like for architects and developers.
What’s In a Digital Portfolio?
It depends on the field you’re in. It can include anything from samples of your writing work to photographs, drawings, specs, illustrations, videos, blueprints, animation, and even spreadsheets. Whatever you choose to include, just make sure it’s the best way to showcase your professional abilities and creativity.
Beyond actual samples of your work, your portfolio should also include:
- Professional summary. This is essentially a few sentences that introduce the portfolio and explain who you are and what you do. If you have any specialized skills or unique expertise, you can list it here. Alternately, you can create an “About Me” section if you’d prefer to write something longer.
- Relevant skills. List the skills you have that are most relevant to your job search and that are important to highlight.
- Whether it’s a project completed or an award or recognition you earned, listing it on your portfolio will further set you apart.
- Be sure to include your actual resume or a link to download a PDF of it, so employers and recruiters can easily access it.
- Contact information. Include your name, phone and email.
Why Is It Good to Have a Digital Portfolio?
Having a digital portfolio can help set you apart from other candidates. Despite the worker shortage, employers still want the best-fit talent for their openings. If other candidates don’t send in a digital portfolio, or their portfolios are weak or messy, then you’ll go a long way in persuading the hiring manager you’re the best fit for the role.
Where Should It Be Linked to On a Resume?
When it comes to your digital portfolio, it’s important to link to it in the right way. If you include a long URL web address, for instance, your resume will look sloppy. Instead, create a text hyperlink in your resume that connects the hiring manager to your portfolio. This looks cleaner and more professional.
When you take this approach, you can even personalize the link to something such as: “Mike Smith’s Portfolio” or “Samples of Emma Jacob’s Work.” This way, it’s clear what you’re linking to and it’s also more inviting for a hiring manager to click on.
As for where to list this hyperlink, you can place it right in your header where your name and contact information are listed. This way, it’s front and center and difficult for the hiring manager to miss. You can also opt to place it below or beside your header. Just make sure it stands out and doesn’t get lost in your resume text.
Before you send along your resume with a digital portfolio link to a hiring manager, send it to a friend or family member. Make sure they can click on the link and that it takes them to your portfolio. If there’s a problem, you can troubleshoot it before sending it to employers.
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by ResumeSpice Consultant | Oct 21, 2022 | Candidates
You could be the best-fit candidate for the job. However, if your resume isn’t solid, then getting a call for an interview is a long shot. The good news? There are a few common resume mistakes job seekers make and some simple ways to avoid them.
Here’s a look at three common resume mistakes:
Mistake #1: Not editing your resume for the job your applying for.
When it comes to your resume, cookie-cutter doesn’t cut it. If you don't edit your resume for the job you're applying to, hiring managers will notice. They want to know why you stand apart from other candidates and what specific skills and abilities will help you perform well and meet expectations. These are going to be unique to the job.
If you send your generic resume without these details, then it’s not going to make a favorable impression. Instead, those candidates with customized resumes for that job will get the call for the interview.
What to do: Avoiding this mistake is simple. Simply read through the job description thoroughly and make sure to list your skills that match the required skills for this particular job.
Offer specific examples as to why you’re a good fit and can hit the ground running in your resume and on the cover letter. Make sure you’re also using keywords from the job listing to best tailor your resume for both Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and hiring managers.
Mistake #2: Oversharing.
Honesty is the best policy when it comes to a job search. Yet, that doesn’t mean you should overshare. Hiring managers don’t need to know about the job you had in high school at the mall. Nor do they need to know about your personal interests and hobbies. Skip these details on your resume. If you do include them, you’ll not only come off as unprofessional, but take up valuable space with irrelevant information.
What to do: In the era of social media and oversharing, the lines can get blurred between what’s personal and what’s professional. Keep in mind, though, that hiring managers don’t want to know about your personal life and hobbies. They simply want to know what you can do for them if they hire you.
The only time there’s an exception is if a hobby or personal accomplishment is relevant to the job or company. For instance, if you’re applying for a job at fitness equipment manufacturer and you’re an avid athlete and use their brand, then this information might be useful to touch on in your resume and your cover letter.
In any other case, though, leave out personal information and stick to focusing on your professionals abilities and accolades. This means avoiding religion, politics, financial status, side hustles or gig jobs you have (unless relevant to the job or employer), or if you’re married or have kids. None of this is pertinent to the employer or the job.
Mistake #3: Poorly formatted resume.
Writing a resume can be tricky when you have limited space and a lot of information to include. Yet, for every job opening, hiring managers receive dozens or even hundreds of resumes. There isn’t enough time in their day to read them all word for word. It’s why a concise resume with proper, clear formatting is key. If yours isn’t easy to scan through because it’s too long or overly verbose, it might not get read at all.
What to do: Once you’ve written your resume, read through it and try to edit out any words or paragraphs that are too lengthy. Be as concise as possible with your language.
Also make sure your resume is formatted properly. This includes with boldface fonts for your job titles or employer names, along with bullet points. Format it so the font size is at least 10 or ideally 12 points and there are wide margins. This will make it easier for the hiring manager to read through quickly.
Another key step? At the top of your resume, include a professional summary or summary of qualifications. This should be 3-5 skills or accomplishments that are most important for a particular position. The hiring manager will review these first and if you make your case well, you should get a call for interview. It can change each time you apply for a job, so you’re tailoring the details to a particular employer’s needs.
Your resume is your ticket into the job interview process and a key part of getting hired. If any of these mistakes sound familiar on your resume, fix them now to can increase your odds of getting an interview – and hopefully the job.
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