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2019-08-13 22:21:15

The July 2019 jobs report is out and the U.S. Department of Labor conveys unemployment rates remain at an all time low of 3.7%. Despite fear of an economic downturn because of trade and tariff tensions with China, analysts are urging companies to continue hiring at this pace! Here are some important tips for getting noticed in today’s competitive job market:

Resumes are serving a different purpose

You still need to include a resume when applying to jobs; however, the purpose of your resume has shifted to be much more simplified, customized, and personalized. With social media outlets, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram supporting who you are and what you have to offer, you do not need to include as much detail as before. Jenna Collins, Associate Director, Alumni Professional Development & Outreach at Syracuse University led a virtual workshop on Resume Strategies for Syracuse alumni; she voiced the importance of extreme personalization of your resume when applying to each job. She explained that if you have 10 different potential job opportunities, you must tailor your resume 10 times. Taking the time to do this not only shows interest but also highlights why you are right for the job!

How to Organize Your ResumeToss the Template

Jenna Collins always encourages job seekers to avoid using a certain template. Start in a blank Word Doc and you can format your resume later. For traditional industries, such as Finance or Health Services, you might want to utilize a more conventional format, while start-up companies or creative advertising and marketing agencies might be more open to interesting fonts, colors, and personal facts or tidbits about the talent. All resumes, regardless of the industry should include action verbs and should stay away from using clichés.

What to Include and Where to Include it

You should quantify as much as you can and list outcomes and contributions that you have made. Most recent and relevant experience should always be listed first, as the hiring manager may stop reading the resume early on, unless you catch their eye. You can customize your own headings, but it’s imperative that you use common language, consistency, and proofread everything on your resume before submitting it. Make sure to cutback on writing lengthy blocks of text under each position you held. Who wants to read that! Remember we are all overwhelmed and inundated with too much information. Keeping things simple and streamlined will keep the hiring manager engaged. For example, even when listing your contact information, only include your city and state, there is no need for your physical mailing address. Lastly, make sure you include hyperlinks (not URLs) to your social media pages. Your social media presence should complement your resume, communicating who you are, not just what you do. Take advantage of companies hiring at this speed. Using these simple tools will help you stand out from the pack. Getting noticed is just half the battle to landing your dream job, but at least you are halfway there! Your next steps are leveraging your network to its fullest and conquering your interview process.

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Ali Fagan is an entrepreneurial staffing and recruitment professional with more than 10 years of experience. Through her partnership with E|S Healthcare, a division of The Execu|Search Group, she provides staffing, workforce and talent advisory solutions to Health Services companies. Connect with Ali on LinkedIn!

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