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5 Tips for Millennials to Nail their Resume in 5 Minutes

5 Tips for Millennials to Nail their Resume in 5 Minutes

Did you know that  “70% of millennials hate their job”? With more tech knowledge and networking opportunities than any generation before, something is going wrong when “2.5 years is the average time millennials spend at the same job.”

Millennials also clearly have higher expectations when it comes to job satisfaction. Bagging the right job in the first place would help them be more satisfied and stay in the job for longer. To help them land their dream job with ultimate satisfaction, here are our top 5 tips that will help twist their resumes into shape in just 5 minutes.

1. Pitch yourself quickly

Recruiters spend no more than 6 seconds scanning each resume, so you need to make a good first impression and do it quickly! But don’t let this statistic overwhelm you; there is a simple solution. You can use the first part of your resume as a catchy elevator pitch to highlight your strengths and sell yourself. Grab the recruiters attention sooner than later, and they will continue reading.

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You can use the first part of your resume as a catchy elevator pitch to highlight your strengths and sell yourself. Grab the recruiters attention sooner than later, and they will continue reading.

2. Choose the right font

Although sometimes underestimated, the font that you use on your resume matters. Some fonts are harder to read and scan than others. For instance, Arial, Helvetica, and Verdana are recommended while it is better to avoid Courier and Comic Sans. Times New Roman is not highly recommended either because it is the most common font and won’t make your resume stand out from the crowd.

Other important aspects of your resume’s layout to bear in mind are to align all the content to the left and make strategic use of italics, bold, caps and bullet points. All these little tricks will make your resume easily skimmable to read for recruiters.

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3. Use the right resume template

Using a resume builder tool will save you a lot of time and frustration.

Tools like resume builder or CVmkr will help you create a professional looking resume much more quickly. You will be guided through the process step-by-step and editing your CV will be intuitive and easier than ever.

4. Tailor your resume and cover letters

Nowadays many hiring managers use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to simplify the recruiting process. A handy and straightforward tip to make your resume more visible on this type of application software is to match the job description using relevant keywords.

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Using the same resume for every job vacancy is a very wrong decision. Instead, it is recommended to take your time to tailor your resume and make sure it matches the job description.

5. Keep your social profiles consistent

Your resume is telling a story about yourself. And that story needs to be backed up by the other stories you are telling about yourself on different online channels. More likely than not, recruiters will ‘Google’ your name, and they will find, among other results, your social media profiles. Make sure you keep consistency and are telling the same story on every social platform and your website if you have one. Pay particular attention to your Linkedin profile and be confident that it contains the same information as your resume.

You may have noticed that the line between an average resume and an outstanding one is very fine. Giving that extra push to your resume is easier than you may think. All you need is to know how to do it. If you dedicate just five minutes to put into practice these five simple tips, you will appreciate a big difference. The result will be a resume that catches the recruiter’s eye and helps you stand out from the crowd, opening new doors and interview opportunities.

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Last Updated on June 25, 2019

How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

Wondering how to ace an interview? In this article, you will learn everything you need to nail your dream job — from resume submission to the end of the interview cycle.

In order to land a job interview, you must start with submitting a great resume. Submitting resumes is generally done by, “apply now”, the way many apply for consideration to a job requisition. Even if not applying the tradition way, let’s say, emailing someone in your network about an opportunity- you will still need a great resume.

So first thing first, work on your resume.

Today in the United States, 98% of organizations use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to extract information from an applicant’s resume to build a digital applicant profile that can be searched, filtered, and/or ranked.[1] So, a resume that is ATS friendly is part one for landing and acing a job interview.

To do this, a resume must have certain formatting and keywords to get the resume through the scan and into the hands of a recruiter. Without a resume that works with and for today’s technology and requirements, an interview can be difficult to land.

Here’s a great DIY Resume Guide (Do it Yourself Resume Guide) to help you craft an ATS and Recruiter friendly resume:[2]

There used to be a time where a job application was enough, today, an ATS friendly resume leads all methods in landing a job interview.

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Now, let’s talk about acing that interview.

A job interview is part 2 of the job application process. An interview is where applicants that have met the minimum requirements are selected to discuss the job opportunity with the employer or hiring manager.

Interviews are generally conducted via telephone, in person, and or applications/technology such as Skype. When the interview is landed, these 10 tips will help you ace the job interview:

1. Going for a Job Opportunity That Speaks to Your Passion

Having a passion for the job/ industry is extremely important. Doing something that aligns with inner passion is important for quality of life.

People that have passion for the job that they are interviewing for generally have better interview experiences. When we talk about what we love, it is seen in our faces, our body language, and heard in our tone. Here’re 10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money.

In short, consideration of talents, discovering the things that make you happy and sad, and what you love losing yourself in.

2. Study the Job Description: Essential Job Functions and Qualification Requirements

Doing this will allow you the opportunity to develop examples of past and present experience that relate to the essential job functions and required qualifications.

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Examples of experience is always a plus for interviewers, painting a full picture goes a long way. Even when not asked for an example, it is always a plus to tie answers to interview questions to examples from your experience.

If there is a portfolio (work samples: images, writing samples, published work, videos, awards, etc.) of work- that’s even better!

3. Research the Company and the Interviewer(s)

Being an employee means entering into a relationship with an employer. In many areas of life, research is done prior to committing; researching a company prior to an interview is no different.

It is important to determine if the company is a good fit and therefore makes it easier to answer “why do you want to work here?” It helps better verbalize how past experience, skills, and values align with the company’s mission, and it shows the interviewer that you are interested in more than just a job.

4. Think Positive and Tap into Confidence

Positivity exudes confidence and both are necessary, so the employers knows that trust can be given.

Thoughts lead to action, therefore, operating from a positive perspective will reveal confidence. The goal of the interview is to land the job offer; employers need to believe that you believe in yourself so that they can believe you. Here are a few tips for positive thinking.

5. Have Copies of the Resume Used to Apply for the Job

It’s always good to be ready for extra interviewers in the room; many interviews today are panel interviews/ multi-person interviews.

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Though a resume was likely submitted with the application, it is always a good idea to come with extra copies in anticipation of the potential need. If there was no resume submission, it is crucial that you provide a copy during the interview; doing this shows the employer preparedness and resolution to challenges.

6. Plan for Behavior Based Interview Questions

Most companies use pre-selected questions, often times having a list of behavior-based questions. Usually these questions start with: “provide an example of”, “tell me about a time when”, and/or “describe a time/situation when”.

Having examples of problems solved and strategies used, initiatives led, contributions to teams and departments, will help ace a job interview. Painting a picture to help employers see skills, qualifications, and experience is extremely important during a job interview.

7. Make a List of Selling Points

It’s important to be proactive about the selling points that you want to make in an interview. This is where a portfolio works great! It is a great idea to make a list of selling points that reaffirms and demonstrates skills, qualifications, and experience.

Consider: awards, programs/ processes launched that led to cost savings and/or profitability, training/education, etc.

8. Showcase a Mixture of Personality and Professionalism

Companies like to make sure that interviewees are a good match for the company culture. Having a good balance of personality and professionalism during a job interview is key.

Personality can be shown when discussing hobbies, community service or extracurricular activities in answers to behavior-based questions, when describing your passion, and when discussing selling points.

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9. Have Your Questions Ready- Interviewing Isn’t One-Sided

Interviews are two-sided, like all relationships (an employee and employer agreement is a type of relationship). Before entering in many relationships, we all have a set of questions that we need answers to, prior to making the decision to commit.

Beyond doing this for self (because asking questions helps reduce doubt and uncertainty), it also shows the employer that there is interest in the company and its future and, shows that you are informed.

Here are a few considerations: “Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?”, “Why is this position open?”, and “What qualifications/ skills are important to succeed in this role?” You can also take a look at this guide for more idea: 7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

10. Follow-up with a Thank You Note

Interviewers love gratitude. Sending a “thank you for taking the time to discuss the job opening with me”, is very important to acing an interview.

Interviewers discuss one job opening with many applicants. A thank you note can serve as gratitude and the final chance to showcase selling points. This is also the opportunity to address any concerns that the interviewer may have had in the interview.

Summing It up

Consider a job interview a house. the foundation for acing a job interview is passion. The frame is a resume that lands the interview. The plumbing and electrical are showing up with confidence, providing a list of selling points, having examples of your experience and qualifications, and engaging the interviewer. The roof is showing gratitude with a thank you note.

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Reference

[1] Jobscan: What is an Applicant Tracking System?
[2] Veronica Castillo: New Job- DIY Resume

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