As a regular consultant for some of today's top hires, I've become a master at the art of the resumé. I'm here to share some of my intimate secrets with today's job seekers.
1. Spice Up Your Work Experience
What if I told you I could get you any job you wanted with one simple tip? What if I told you that job turned out to be your dream job? The truth of the matter is that the #1 thing dream recruiters look for in a dream candidate is relevant experience in a related field of work. So, it stands to reason that the easiest way to snag your dream job is to spice up your work experience on your resumé. It's as easy as asking yourself a few key questions:
- What was the single most meaningful experience at your last job? For example, if you were in charge of filing the papers, write that down! Recruiters want to know about you and the papers.
- Where do you see yourself in five years? Draw a picture of what you see and include it with your resumé.
- What are you most ashamed of? Take a look at the work history on your resumé. What brings you the most amount of shame and regret? Go ahead and delete that.
- Are you looking to get out of town for a few days? If you're trying to duck out for a spell, add some work experience with a job title like "Traveler" or "Jetsetter" or "In Need of a Break" to the top of your resumé.
2. Don't Forget to Include Your Address
This is an oldie but a goodie. In the olden days, people included their physical mailing address on their resume so companies could send offer letters, luxurious gifts, or even hitmen to their door. Remember, this was before the internet happened! Just because we have email and cell phones now doesn't mean recruiters don't appreciate seeing your physical address on a resumé. It adds a sense of panache to an otherwise drab piece of paper and can be the difference between a dream job and a scream job. As an added bonus, people who see your resumé will know where they can pick you up if you need a ride.
3. Check Your Skills
If it's a dream job you seek / it's no time to be meek / But you better check your skills / it's crunch time – you're gonna kill!
Sorry, I just had to! Sometimes when you're thinking about your dream job you can't help but break down into a rap song. Now, imagine those words being sung to a sick beat! I love it. But, I digress — it's time to check your skills.
You may be tempted to write down every job-related skill you've acquired over the years. But let me tell you, "Microsoft Word" or "Paperclips" aren't compelling skills to your dream recruiter. Check the dream job description for your dream job. Only list the skills that matter to your dream company and that set you apart from the competition. And if you have any skills or expertise you might be able to exchange for a spot in someone's car while they're driving up to Kansas City, write those down, too!
4. Grammar is Everything
Your dream job is in the now. It is of you, and it is in you. It's been with you all along. Your dream job will find you. But it doesn't hurt to double check the grammar on your resumé. Make sure to dot your t's and i your i's and triple check your subject-verb agreement. And, when in doubt, it's better to clarify which side of the river you need a ride to. Kansas City is in two different states, don't you know?!
5. Make It a Treasure Map
Just like you're on the hunt for your dream job, dream recruiters are on a lifelong journey to find a perfect gem: someone with the appropriate skills to do the job. Go ahead and play the game. When you read your resumé, it should read like a treasure map... leading right to you! In many ways, your past experiences form a single line across the great page of life, just like a crispy old treasure map on a deserted island. At the very least, make it a map to your aunt's house. Her neighborhood is confusing and Google Maps doesn't give you the right directions when you plug in the address.
Well, there you have it! All of my best advice, distilled into five easy tips. Good luck on the job search! May you and your dream job become one and the same.