Only Six Seconds for Your Resume to Impress? Here’s a Tip for Each Second

Been applying for jobs, but still not landing any interviews? Have you taken a look at your resume recently? Sure, your personality will shine through in person, but to get that face time, you’ve got to ensure your resume stands out and makes an impression.

Here are some tips to help make sure your resume gets you to the next level:

1. Make those six seconds count.

That’s right—it only takes six seconds for your resume to make an impression. The key is, what kind of impression is your resume making?

Pro-Tip: Don’t let it be a bad one.

2. Have more than one version of your resume.

No, it’s not cheating or deceptive—different companies are looking for different things! Be sure your resume meets the qualities they desire. If you’re applying for a graphic design position, your resume is going to looking completely different than if you are applying to be a web designer.

Pro-Tip: Know your audience, and prepare a resume that fits (but no more than 2-3!).

3. So what exactly should I include on my resume?

I’m so glad you asked! Here’s a list of resume must-haves:

  • Your Proper Name

  • Contact Info, including LinkedIn profile link

  • Education

  • Skill Summary

  • Body—Keep it updated and honest

Pro-Tip: Only include information from the last 10 years.

4. How should I deliver my resume?

Another excellent question! So here’s the thing—you can totally deliver your resume electronically, either through an online application or email—BUT, you’re going to make a way bigger and more positive impression by hand-delivering it at a networking event.

Pro-Tip: Check out your connections on LinkedIn. You may know someone at the company who can get your resume to HR.

5. Be a narcissist and Google yourself.

Okay, actually, there’s a non-egotistical reason to do this. You can bet the company you are applying to is Googling you, so before you send your resume in, get a glimpse of what they’re going to find.

Pro-Tip: Did you find an old frat party picture during your search that maybe was a good idea 10 years ago, but not today? Delete it!

6. Networking never ends, even after you get the job!

Who knows what the future will bring? There could be incredible opportunities out there, but you’ll only find them through building relationships. And it takes time. Never stop selling yourself and growing your network.

Pro-Tip: The only person looking out for your career is you.

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