Customize Your Resume For Your Industry
Whether you’re deciding to switch jobs for the third time, or applying for the first time, the job application process can be overwhelming. Especially when trying to create a resume that stands out. Hiring managers don’t have a ton of time to thoroughly look over each resume, which means you have to be considerate about what to include. From choosing the right font to deciding whether or not to include that internship, creating a resume in 2020 isn’t easy. So how do you make your resume stand out among hundreds of applicants? Consider these six tips from top HR executives Time Magazine interviewed.
People are often encouraged to include personality in their resume, but unless they are applying for a job in a creative industry, they may want to rethink that strategy. “A lot of pictures and fonts and colors and a whole lot of personality just doesn’t align with the jobs we have here,” says Schweikert, whose team recruits for positions in sales, product, and marketing. “If I was in an organization that, for example, was in web design, then I would want to see those design elements in a resume.”
Include Keywords From The Original Job Posting
One of the best ways to make your resume stand out is to use the job posting as a guide. Some companies conduct keyword searches when sorting through resumes. Schweikert adds, “which means those terms are even more important to include if you want to secure an interview. It may sound tedious, but taking the time to customize your resume for each job you apply to is a surefire tactic to stand out among the pack of applicants,” she says.