So, you’ve found a job you’re excited about! That’s wonderful. The next step is to prepare your resume to help you get the attention of the hiring manager. By shaping your resume for this particular job, you can highlight all your skills and experience that specifically apply—simplifying review for the person reading your resume. By taking out the guesswork and laying the groundwork, you’ll be that much more likely to be contacted for an interview. Here’s what you can do to get your resume in top shape and ready to submit.

You can give your resume a laser focus by customizing it in the following ways:

  • Brainstorm. The best place to get started customizing your resume is by thinking about all possible skills and experience you could draw upon. Take your current resume (if you have one) and use it as a starting point to brainstorm everything from your past that can help you.
  • Research the job opportunity. Next, you’ll need to fully understand the job description to determine how you fit. Read as much as you can about it, and visit the company’s website to learn more about what they’re currently up to. Pay close attention to the About Us page, mission statement and any recent press releases they may have shared.
  • Connect the dots. Now, what makes you a unique fit for this particular position? How can you “connect the dots” between your skill set, job experience, education and achievements, versus what this company is looking for?
  • Get right to the point. Next it’s time to put pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) and tailor your resume! It should include a headline that sums you up in one sentence—and helps explain why you’re a perfect fit for the job. Then, lead with the past job experiences and education that make you well qualified for this position.
  • Make subpoints relevant. After you list your most pertinent experience, you can make other past jobs more relevant by pulling out anything that applies to the job opportunity—and leading with that. The more you can make not-so-applicable past jobs more applicable, the better off you’ll be.

It may take time, but it’s worth it.

Resume writing is a skill—but a learned one, at that. So the time you spend crafting your customized resume can only help you in the long run, especially if this particular opportunity doesn’t work out. But if it does, all your efforts will be well worth it.

In search of a new job?

You can put your resume skills to the test by contacting McGrath Systems. If you’re currently in search of a licensed insurance agent, administrative, engineering, light industrial, marketing or HR job, we can help. Simply contact one of our experienced recruiters.

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