Episode 99

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25th Jun 2020

TM 47: What You Should Add to Your Resume

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During the month of June, we’ll be talking about getting jobs and careers on the Thursday Meditations show.

Today I share 9 things you should put on your job resume. These aren’t all the things, but these things will certainly set you apart from the other candidates.  Institute these 9 things on your resume and then tell us how it goes for you. 

Here are his 9 things:

  1. Structure

It is essential that you have some form of structure in your resume, with creative accents if possible. Your resume needs to make sense and it needs to emphasize the most important parts. Remember, the person reading your resume will be reading a handful of other resumes. They, like you, won’t want to spend tremendous amounts of time reading your resume, unless you make it enjoyable or worth their while. Keep things concise, but put the most important items closer to the top. I would put your name at the top (and probably your contact info) and then your LinkedIn profile link or portfolio link or both, and then go right into what you want to emphasize the most. You’ll have to be the one to decide whether or not to emphasize your education, skills, certifications or work experience, but put the most important thing at the top. This is not always applicable depending on design choices, but it makes for a great way to single out why they should hire you.

  1. LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is the closest thing to a living resume, aside from a portfolio website. The nice thing a out a LI profile is that you can update it so easily, and you can even apply for jobs directly from the site. I also love it because you can use it to network with so many people. Rarely have people denied my request to connect, just because people value connections. Having your LinkedIn profile on your resume also allows your possible employer to get a glimpse at you that’s a little more alive than just a resume document. They can see what you’ve posted and what you’ve interacted with. So put it on the resume. 

  1. Portfolio website or document

By putting this on your resume you can feel better only putting the top three most relevant work experiences rather than putting a large laundry list of past jobs. Instead, you put a link to your portfolio website, which has your entire work history, and you focus on the most relevant work experiences, showcasing just how successful you were in those job positions. It’s also really nice because it doesn’t take up a lot of space, and if they choose to click on it, they can get a world of information. If you want to try this out for free you can use wix.com, but if you’d like to add your own domain to actually try and build your brand, it will cost extra.

  1. Verbiage that reflects the job listing

You need to make sure that your experience reflects the job requirements in the job listing. This means that you tailor your work experiences using language that is identical to that of the job listing. Hiring managers are looking for specific things when they read through job applications. They often have multiple job listings they are managing, so usually they will use the job listing as a reference for what to look for in the resumes. That just makes it that much easier to choose you when you have words the are basically reflecting the job listing itself. It’s a no brainer.

  1. Knowledge of the company and the industry problems

You need to explain your past work experience or skills in terms that demonstrate your knowledge of the company and the industry problems. This helps identify you as an expert and it allows you to show your knowledge. Again, this simply increases the chances of you getting an interview.

  1. Impressive and important numbers 

Show don’t tell. It’s much easier to say, “I have experience selling.” It’s much more effective to say, “I sold $75,159 last year of XYZ product.” That adds a fair bit of context and it allows you to put a cold hard number out that can be judged, analyzed and questioned. It shows you are proud of what you’ve done and are willing to have others look at it critically. So take important parts of your work experiences and change those to concrete numbers that display the results you’ve generated. Remember: results, results, results.

  1. White space

Don’t over clutter your resume. Keep it simple stupid. Make sure the resume is elegant and tasteful.

  1. Relevant Work Experience 

Add only the top 3 - 4 most relevant work experiences you’ve had. You want to put your most relevant, most recent, most important work experience at the top of the list. Then you want to explain how each experience is relevant to the question about your compatibility with the prospective employer. Keeping it limited to the most relevant allows you to go deep rather than wide, and it helps keep the resume on 1 page.

  1. Passion 

In your verbiage, you need to show your passion for the industry or passion for being a good employee. You need to indicate that you are a person of passion and that you have the ability to do good work because you enjoy good work.

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The Hard Thing podcast is focused on helping people improve their lives by learning how to do hard things.

Listen as I interview guests who have overcome average by doing hard things. Each of us has to go up against difficult challenges, but it's not the challenge that defines you. It's your overcoming of the challenge. I'll try and extract the methods used to do hard things so that average people like you and me can replicate their success.

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