You are what your resume is. In order to get a job in this competitive market, you need to have a marketable resume – that should lead you to the interview table.
4 tips to generate a marketable resume:
1. Your resume is about your skills, not about you. Don’t make the resume about you. Of course, the resume is about why you’re great for the role. But be careful that the resume is about what skills you bring to the table, and not what you want to get out of the role. For example, now is the time to eliminate the utterly obsolete “objective.” And don’t make the cover letter about what you are “seeking.” Make it about what you can offer.
2. Less is more. In order to craft a marketable resume, be ruthless in editing your resume. Don’t use blocks of text; use bullet points. Don’t make someone do a lot of reading, because they won’t. Anything that doesn’t sell you as an awesome candidate should be cut.
3. Learn new skills. Get certified. If you’re currently unemployed, take the time to learn a new skill that’s related to your career and document it on your resume. If there’s a certificate you’ve been meaning to get, take the course and earn the certification. It will make you that much more competitive. If you are unemployed for long, here are tips on how to cover the unemployment gap in your resume.
4. Tap into your network. Now is the time to draw on your formal and informal network — Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and elsewhere. Remember, a marketable resume is good only when you have a market for it.