Top 5 tips to create a resume that actually helps you land the job!

Hi inversionistas!!! Today’s post was inspired by the class I taught yesterday. 99% of the time I teach adults about money, but 1% of the time I teach children. I teach kids from 1-3 grade about money matters and yesterday’s class was all about resume building. “But they’re 7 years old!” I thought to myself. “They are going to be so bored with this stuff!!!” 

NOPE. I was wrong. They loved it. They had all kinds of questions, they were able to understand the importance of a resume and why you need to be accurate and honest with your resume, etc. I think I learned more during my class than they did. 

Here’s the thing: If little kids can understand how a resume works and what it requires, and what it can do for you (get you an interview, which will hopefully land you a job), then why is it so difficult for us adults to create great resumes???

I have helped dozens of people with their resumes and my conclusion is this: Adults think that resumes are some form of “bragging” and we feel some type of way about writing a list of things we are good at or things we have done great. I beg you to reconsider if you subscribe to that belief. You are absolutely not bragging and you are absolutely just letting someone know what your capable based on your track record. Just like with stocks and investments, you wouldn’t want to pick crappy investments for your portfolio, so you would look at their historical track record!

I often get people who ask me how I was able to land such great jobs, especially when I had not yet graduated but I was working in my desired field.

Some people have even told me it’s impossible to get a good job without a college degree or to make a career switch without getting an MBA/Master’s degree.

False. This is just not true.

If you tired of applying to every job possible and getting no interviews, follow these 5 tips!!! *remember to always keep your resume to 1 page unless you are also including a portfolio that showcases examples of your work. You also want to be sure to include your name and contact information at the top of the page.

1. Research and find your favorite resume “structured look” - less is more

This is not to be confused with the templates that are found online where you just replace words to make it your own. I simply mean that you will want to have a clear feel of your resume before typing it all out. For instance, my resume is one page, my name and contact information are on the top middle area, I have my language skills and certifications listed below my contact info followed by my key words/strengths listed below my contact info. Next is my experience section and at the bottom is my community involvement and any affiliated associations that I am a part of.  You can choose to switch it up around the page to make it more appealing. Just remember that you want the resume to look clean and not cluttered. You can google “resume templates” if you have no clue where to stay.

2. Pull up the role description/ requirements from the job posting and highlight everything that is desired/required that you think you posses

This is the foundation right here. If you are not tailoring your resume to each job application, you most likely are not getting any calls for interviews. You want to highlight the things that you already have because those are the specific words that you will try to match on step 3. This is where most people get discouraged. They think that if they don’t 100% match the job description, that they shouldn’t even apply. Please have a positive mindset and an open mind when you are creating your resume and applying to jobs!!! Don’t give up simply because you don’t have every single quality they are asking for. If you are missing a certification, figure out how to obtain it, if you are in need of a technical skill, figure out how to get better at it. Online courses are the best way to quickly gain a skill or learn how to use a program. I bet you are holding yourself back due to fear and mindset blocks! Give yourself a pep talk every time you sit down and apply for a job and remind yourself that you are capable of anything!!!

3. Come up with a list of all your inner “strengths” and transferable skills. 

Listen, there are very few companies out there that still go through and manually review resumes. Most companies have an automated online process and they will only pull your resume when your resume has “key words” that match with their “key words” (required abilities, qualities, skills)  so this step is crucial. This is the whole point of having a resume. You are giving a stranger a list of your qualities. More specifically, qualities that match to the qualities needed for the specific job you are applying to. Make sure that for each job that you apply to, you pick the top 5-8 strengths that are relevant to that job and only include those on the resume that you will use for that job application. You have to be mindful that you come up with strengths not just technical skills (I will teach you where to include the technical skills later), you would never write down that you are a good “list taker”!!! No way. Instead, you would say that you have outstanding organizational abilities or that you are extremely goal oriented. That helps your potential boss know that you are a potential fit for the job that requires you to accomplish all of the goals that they set for you! 

I have seen people list these key words on the left side of the page or on the top of the page under your name and contact info. Either area is fine just don’t put these words at the bottom of the page.

4. Include 2-3 bullet points under each experience/job listed 

The key ingredient to your experience section is to keep it short, sweet, and to the point. One of the biggest mistakes I see is when people try to include all this fluff on their resume. You don’t have to tell your potential new boss or manager every single thing you’ve done right at your current job. You just have to convey the real facts about how you have improved the companies that you have worked for. An example of this is stating that you grew sales by x% within x number of months. Another example would be “I decreased costs by x% by doing x.” You could also say that you completed x number of projects and their overall outcomes. Again, you are not bragging, you are simply sharing what you have been able to do within your roles. 

Another thing- some people feel like they have nothing “worthy” of listing on a resume. Listen to me, you are amazing! You are so smart and capable and it would probably take us 5 minutes to come up with 100 wonderful qualities that you posses. You got this! 

5. Give your technical skills their own section if your job is technical in nature, otherwise sprinkle them around!

If you are applying for an engineering job or a coding job, in which you have to let a recruiter know that you have the specific technical skills that are required, please do them justice and list them above your experience or somewhere on the upper half of the page. However, if you are not applying to a technical job, you will want to “sprinkle” your technical skills around in your experience section. This may be a certain software that you are familiar with but isn’t really mentioned on the job description/ requirements, etc. The reason you don’t want a whole bunch of technical skills listed INSTEAD of your strengths/qualities is because most companies are looking for an overall job and culture fit. Not just a job fit. They want to know what your character is like, are you social, more reserved, are you quick on your feet or are you someone who has to be in a room unbothered. Do you take criticism well or are you easily offended. As you can tell it is almost impossible for a recruiter to be able to see you for who you are if you don’t help them.

I promise that if you stay positive and you are willing to put in the work, you WILL get some calls for interviews!!! 

Happy resume building :)