I want you to think of your dream job. If you could do ANYTHING, what would it be? Got it in your mind? Good.
Now, let’s pretend I can get you that job, on one condition, you need to provide me with an up to date, presentable résumé, within the next hour. Can you do it?
If not... you're not alone. Here are my quick resume tips to make sure you're ready to get after that job you've been looking for:
1) Make a résumé. This feels like a no-brainer... but if you don't have a résumé yet, then you haven't started job searching yet. Job searching without a résumé is like a road trip without a car, you're not going to get very far. Don't have one? Set up an appointment with my favorite Certified Professional Résumé Writer TODAY.
2) Save it in the 'cloud'. So many job seekers have a 'great' résumé... only it's saved on a flash drive they haven't seen since the summer of '95. Having a résumé you can't access is the same thing as not having one! Save it on a free cloud service so regardless of where you are and what device you have, you can pull it up and submit it with ease. Microsoft's OneDrive and Google's GoogleDrive are free and easy to use, check them out!
3) Target it. One résumé does not fit all job postings. Look at the job posting you want to apply for and ask yourself, "What are the main 3 things they're looking for?". Then look at your résumé and ask, "What are the main 3 things that standout on my résumé?" If they don't match, either you're applying for the wrong job or you need to rework your résumé to reflect the skills you have that they're looking for.
4) Get it out there! Depending on what study you look at, it's been shown that it can take up to 20 applications to get 1 interview! 20 to 1 everybody! That means if you're applying for 1 job a week, it could take you 20 weeks, or 140 days, to get a job interview. That's only 2.6 job interviews per YEAR. That stinks. Bad. So quit getting ready to get ready to apply. APPLY. NOW. Bonus tip: the more jobs you apply for, the less you'll have to keep tweaking your resume in the long run.
If you're struggling with any of these issues, you're not alone. We've seen it before and we've helped literally hundreds of people go from job searching duds to studs. Schedule a time to meet with a job coach today and get on the right track!