2. Put the keywords at the top of your resume.
Ladino Bryson suggests to many candidates that they adopt the LinkedIn style headline under their name that gives a short description of who they are and their best qualities as an employee. If you’re applying for the right roles, the words you use as a headline should easily reflect the keywords for those positions. Putting them right at the top of the resume can be impactful in getting the hiring manager’s attention.
“When we look for those filtered words, there’s a yellow highlighter that shows every time the words shows up in your resume. If [the keywords are] in your title, it is going to pop immediately.”
3. Avoid listing irrelevant experience.
Ladino Bryson named this as the most common mistake she sees; Candidates list outdated, irrelevant experience that isn’t necessary for the job they’re applying for
“Anything that is over 10 years ago, unless it is completely relevant to the position you're applying for and shows a natural progression, I would take off.”
If you’re using your past experience to apply for a variety of roles and industries, make sure your resume is geared to each of those roles specifically.
“What I like to tell candidates is to simply have different versions of your resume. If I'm going for entertainment roles, I can have one that just speaks to my experience as an entertainment executive. If I'm going for recruiter roles, it would speak directly to that.”
If you’re early in your career, not all your work experience may be completely relevant to your next job. In that case, Ladino Bryson suggests that you make your experience tell a story. Whether that is your ability to commit to a job for a long amount of time, or simply the experience you gained through jobs during school, it needs to prove a point.
4. Use your hobbies to show your personality.
Candidates commonly have a section on the bottom of their resume to describe what they like to do in their free time. Instead of using that space to just list some of your part-time hobbies, use it to show more about who you are rather than what you do.
“I had a situation where a guy told me that he collected and painted miniature horses. It was his way to sit and just focus on something else after a stressful day. I said, ‘Let's put avid horse lover in your resume.’ When he sent it, the hiring manager asked him in for an interview within 30 minutes of receiving the resume.” As it turned out, the hiring manager was a big equestrian fan.
If you volunteer or have another important part of your life, describe it, and say why you’re motivated to spend your time on that activity. Give the hiring manager a better picture of you as an employee by using this section to indirectly describe your personality.
“People make hiring decisions based 60% on skills and talents and 40% on likability. They want to know that they're going to get along with you and that you're going to get along with others.”
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