Do you think your résumé is just a list of jobs… it’s not! Your résumé is your way of selling you to a prospective employer. It is a marketing tool that helps draw attention from prospective employers, and can also place you in a good position before even stepping in the door for an interview. Sometimes having it in the wrong format or listing irrelevant information can nix you from an opportunity before the employer even goes through it. Our very own Recruiter, Brett Alley, gave some advice on what he thinks a prospective employee should do when applying to work in our industry.
- Have a standard, professionally formatted résumé. Avoid using career builder or other internet sources to template your résumé — often it does not translate correctly causing the résumé to be hard to read
- Talk about relevant skills that pertain to the job you are applying for
- Do not have time gaps in employment
Alley offered his opinion on a few more questions;
What do you like to see?
- Experience in the field applying for or transferrable skills to the position. If not above, an objective statement stating why they would be a good fit for the job
How do you stand out?
- Include a cover letter
- Have references already attached
- Be enthusiastic and show an interest in the job
How do you show an employer you are serious?
- Ask about career advancement opportunities
- Ask about day-to-day obstacles and requirements of the job
- Ask about culture of our workplace
- Bonus Tip: Show that you have researched the company and understand the products and services the employer provides