Hiring managers see hundreds—sometimes thousands—of resumes every year. So it goes without saying that catching their attention is no easy task. From flashy graphics to catchy buzzwords to the occasional headshot, job seekers will try anything and everything to stand out from the pack.
However, if you truly want to get noticed by a prospective employer, you really only need to answer one simple question:
What makes you better than every other person who applied for the job?
Sure, it may seem like a daunting question at first. But if you believe that you’re qualified for the position, there’s no reason why you can’t present yourself as the #1 candidate.
Start by considering what makes you unique. Rather than thinking about the menial, day-to-day tasks that you accomplish during a regular workday, dig deep into your work history and think about your full professional trajectory. What have you achieved so far? What are the key skills that you’ve developed over the course of your career? Where do you see yourself professionally in the next five years? This kind of big-picture thinking is required to stand out from the hundreds of other job seekers vying for the same positions as you.
You want to tell a story in your application. Use your cover letter to introduce yourself and explain why you are the best candidate for the job. Then use your resume to really showcase the full extent of your experience and skills.
Don’t be afraid to be candid. Your goal is to make a lasting impression. As we discussed earlier, hiring managers read application after application from qualified candidates. What will set you apart is the way in which you present yourself on the page. Speak from your heart and really fight for your spot in the running.
And remember: all you have you do is answer that one big question.
For more tips on how to improve your resume, contact the great team at ProSource Staffing. We’d be happy to help you make a lasting impression.