Starting a new journey into the workforce? Applying for a new job? Trying to snag that internship?
Almost everyone at some point in their life will need to create a resume for one or more of those reasons. Being completely honest, I would argue that having a great resume makes all the difference between getting the job or going back to the Indeed job search. Because of this, resume writing can feel a little bit overwhelming. My hope, however, is that after going through this short post that originally daunting task will seem easy!
First things first: If Jane Austen taught me anything from Pride and Prejudice it is that first impressions matter! When applying anywhere you have about 20 seconds to grab the employer’s or investor’s attention before they move on to one of the other hundred potential candidates wanting the same position as you. The worst part is, often times that first impression doesn’t even happen face-to-face. It all happens through a short document called a resume that the company (or more often than not some computer software looking for keywords) will quickly scan to see if you have what they need. This is why it is crucial to create a FAB resume to make a great first impression!
While every employer may have different requirements for their resumes, here is the FAB setup that should get you to your interview every time:
Stay focused and relevant by using keywords and vocabulary throughout your resume
Be clear and concise
State your objective and why you are applying
Remember, some employers use computer software to scan resumes before the real employer ever sees it. If you don’t use the right vocabulary, your interview could be over before it even started!
Use a template from a quick google search
Format and style your resume to grab attention without being distracting
Always proofread and check for any grammar or spelling errors
Leave white space around key elements so it stands out
Never use extra colors, fonts, or bolding
Unless directly requested (or applying for a career in areas like advertising, marketing, or media) do NOT include graphics, photos, or symbols.
These extra items distract from the real product you are trying to sell which is YOU!
Distinguish yourself as a brand that they want with a bold statement of who you are and why you would be great for their team!
List your skills and accomplishments
Be sure to refer back to these items throughout the resume
Think SELL don’t just tell!
So there you have it! By following this FAB setup for your resume you will be one step closer to snagging that interview and getting the job! Good luck and remember to show how FABulous you are!