I hate applying for jobs.
The reason is because people with real talent and potential often get rejected because their resumes don’t show that. They don’t behave like how “good” applicants should behave at the job interview. Or they don’t sound confident enough.
I had a couple of those issues myself. But luckily I grew over them, which I’ll tell you how.
Here are five little tricks that will earn you your most-desired job and improve your professional impression on the first interview.
Judge what is important to the interviewer
Interviewers are too busy to read everything you did with your whole life.
Interviewers only want to know about why you want the job and the skills you have to back it up.
That’s exactly what you should reflect in your resume.
If you work as a marketer, the results you generate from marketing campaigns will land you a job contract much faster than saying which clients you’ve worked for.
If you apply for a job as a gym coach, it’s better to mention how many people you’ve helped lost weight than to just say you instruct unfit people.
Stop stuffing details
A lot of applicants think more details is better than less when meeting the industry’s standard. It makes them look more qualified in the employer’s eyes and be recognized for their capabilities.
That’s why they reveal everything that showcases their personal AND professional career without caring about the damages it could cause on the whole resume.
One thing is clear though: You’ll get the job if your resume is short and concise — not overstuffed with information.
Your target is to highlight your biggest strengths that can contribute to the company and land you the job.
Unnecessary dates, articles and irrelevant references will definitely not help you with that.
Stop cramming too many details and write only about the information you think matters. That way you’ll get a real chance at success at the job interview.
A concise resume is your strength — not your weakness.
You don’t need an objective
You won’t accomplish what you want if you include an objective in your resume. Because essentially, you’re telling interviewers what you expect from them and the company. Most won’t react nicely to that.
What’s more important is knowing what you can do for the company. Employers care about their business, not about you. That’s why you should always ask yourself: What skills, experience, achievements have I done that can give the company value?
You’ll get more positive results than what your objective can do for you.
Give more to the company, talk less about yourself.
If you achieved success, show it
People want to appear humble. They cut out some of their accomplishments to make space for their responsibilities.
But when your resume is in question and you achieve success, show it.
Don’t ignore your future role in the company. Show them the value that you’ll bring.
Every accomplishment matters. Even if you weren’t the leader or manager of the team, show them what you did to reach your goals or how you’ve collaborated with your teammates to reach success.
If your product sales hit an all-time high, don’t write, “Helped increase sales,” say “Boosted company’s sales by over 35%.”
Interviewers want to know the outcome of your actions — not which actions you took.
Let your personality shine
Most resumes are dry, making it even more life-draining for interviewers — especially when they got to go through dozens, if not hundreds of applicants.
Bring out your personality by adding an interest section in your resume. This will instantly catch the employer’s attention and show them what you love doing. Just remember to point out interests that will contribute to the job you’re targeting.
So if you published a novel and are applying for a job in the bookstore, definitely mention that. The employer will be more interested in knowing about your rich knowledge of books.
But if you play (and enjoy) tennis and plan to work in a pharmaceutical company, it’s best to not write that in.
Editor’s note: Giving credit to Josh Spector for the original piece: Four Ways to Improve Your Resume.