The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and even though you’re no longer a kid there is just something about summer that makes you want to kick back and relax. And while that is all fine and good your resume should absolutely not take a break during the summer.
According to snagajob.com seasonal hiring is up 10% over last year, and careerbuilder.com echoes that with a report that nearly 29% of businesses plan to hire employees for the summer. If you are looking for a permanent position you are not out of luck as many companies increase their temp to permanent hiring in the summer as well.
As much as you’d rather relax by the pool with a drink in hand you should set aside some time to update your resume. Keeping your resume in the hands of hiring managers will increase your chances of landing a new job. Why? You’ll be ahead of all the other applicants that are taking the summer off from their job search and you’ll be way ahead of them come fall when the urgency to find a job kicks in again for them.
Summer is a great time to revitalize your resume. Here are a few challenges for you to incorporate into your resume:
- Rewrite at least three bullet points or statements so they are accomplishment focused. (More if you can!) By highlighting an achievement you immediately grab your reader’s attention by showcasing your value and giving them an idea of what you could do for them. For example, you can use statements such as, Increased productivity 35% by doing such and such, or Reduced costs by $12,000 by doing this…
- Eliminate redundancies, fillers, and any information that doesn’t directly relate to the position you are seeking. A more focused and specific resume will stand out above those that make the reader search for the information they need. A resume that is short and sweet is more effective than one that is long and drawn out.
- Identify your personal brand and work it into your resume. Your brand is a combination of things including but not limited to your strengths, personality, vision, and work ethic. Together they create that unique quality that is specific only to you and can be used to set yourself apart from everyone else.
- Change up your resume by using a different format, font, or other attention grabber. Instead of centering everything why not move your headings to the left side of your document? Use lines to separate the sections of your resume, or color to highlight information. Try something different to change up the look and feel of your resume.
- Rework your title and summary section. This first part of your resume is the prime real estate; this is where the magic happens so to speak. If you’re not drawing your reader with the first section you’re not taking advantage of the opportunity to grab your reader right off the bat. Your resume title should be specific and reflect the position you are seeking. Sales Representative just won’t do it. Try Enthusiastic, Goal-Focused Sales Specialist. Continue on with a summary that is all about the specific value you would bring to the position. Show potential employers what’s in it for them.
Once you work these challenges into your resume you will be set to send it off to employers and then you can kick back and relax and enjoy your summer.
by Megan Koehler