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Money flows in two directions: in and out. There are a ton of things you can do to control how the money flows out, but one of the best ways to exert some control over how the money comes in is finding a job that pays you what you’re worth. And the magic key that unlocks the gate to the job of your dreams? A good resume.
Resume writing doesn’t have to be scary. Here’s how you build a resume that will make hiring managers sit up and take notice.
One of the most stressful parts of resume writing is the remembering. “What have I done?” “What did I accomplish?” “Who was my manager?”
We tend to not think about this stuff until the moment we actually sit down to create our resume. But you can do yourself an enormous favor by creating what resume expert Jessica Hernandez calls a “master resume.”
Basically maintaining a master resume involves keeping track of your career achievements, education, and results as they happen. Your master resume is a constantly evolving log of what you’ve done. So when it’s time to create a resume for a specific job posting, you can pull the applicable information directly off your master resume – no remembering required!
We tend to think of resumes as little autobiographies that say where we’ve been and what we’ve done. “I was here and I did this. Then I was there and I did that.”
Don’t take this the wrong way, but hiring managers don’t really care where you were and what you did. You are essentially a product. Your skills and experience don’t mean anything to a company unless they can help that company solve particular problems or reach particular goals.
Your resume is how you market the product that is you. It’s up to a hiring manager to decide if they want to buy what your resume is selling.
When you think about advertisements that have worked on you (and yes, advisements have worked on you, whether or not you want to admit that) you’ll likely find that those ads “spoke” to you on some level. By that, I mean they addressed a real need that you were feeling in a way that made you feel positive about their solution.
Your resume should be customized to each job posting. Use the information in the job posting to understand what the employer is looking for – what their problem is – and then be the solution they need.
That doesn’t mean you say, “I see you’re looking for a copy writer. Lucky for you, I am a copy writer.” Focus on what it is about you and your abilities that will make that company better. Connect their needs with real examples of what you have done to fix similar problems in the past.
Good resumes require effort. You have to show a potential employer that you care enough to try. But if you do put in the time and create a resume that clearly matches your unique abilities to that company’s specific needs, you will stand out and you’ll be that much closer to landing the kind of job you truly deserve.
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