Congratulations! After all your hard work you’ve finally made it – you’ve crammed for your last exam and kept your bloodshot eyes pried open long enough to finish your last term paper. You’ve got that coveted piece of paper that designates you as a college/university graduate – now what?
Land your first job out of school, of course!
Sounds simple enough but trawling job sites, filling out your umpteenth job application, and checking your phone 297 times a day isn’t going to get you noticed. So, what will?
Well we asked some of our favorite HR professionals and recruiters to provide their tips on how to get you AND your resume noticed. Take a look.
1. Know what job you’d like
Tim Sackett, President of HRU Technical Resources: Let the organization and hiring manager know exactly what position they should hire you for. Candidates believe we/talent acquisition pros automatically know what you want based on your resume. Unfortunately, your combination of education, experiences and life might not make that perfectly clear. Just tell me the job you want, so I don't have to guess.
2. Develop your networking skills
Shawn Rogers, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Halogen Software: Always make sure your resume is up to date, but also do not be afraid of networking. Figure out the job you want and then network with people doing that job. Social media networks like LinkedIn makes this very easy to do. Typically 50% of jobs are filled with referrals, so the more people you are connected to, the better your chances of being referred.
3. Show off your volunteer and extra-curricular experience
Jennifer McClure, President, Unbridled Talent, LLC: Don't forget to include your volunteer activities and your role in school organizations or clubs on your resume as "job" experiences. Think about the type of position you're targeting in your job search and describe your experiences in similar terms. For example, if you're seeking a marketing position, share how you created materials to publicize a volunteer event, or crafted campaign emails for a fund raiser, etc. Help potential employers see how you've been gaining related experience through activities and responsibilities outside of traditional employment. Not all experience has to be job experience.
4. Don’t forget about LinkedIn
Tin Thinn, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Halogen Software: Leverage LinkedIn as an online resume. Just because you don’t have a lot of work experience doesn’t mean you can’t use your LinkedIn profile to show who you are and the career path you’re interested in. Help recruiters and hiring managers understand your value proposition — be creative, show some personality but keep it professional.
5. Ditch the “Objective” in your resume
Bailey Borzecki, HR Manager, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: Ditch the “Objective” at the top of your resume. It’s a space waster and NO recruiters spend time reading it. We care about the meat of the resume with your actual work experience and accomplishments, not what you tell us you’re good at.
6. Make yourself stand out
John Fleischauer, Talent Attraction Manager, Halogen Software: Don’t tell me why we should hire you… show me why we HAVE TO hire you. New grad resumes all look the same and almost none of them speak to tangible accomplishments. Think like a pro wrassler and take advantage of the three seconds the recruiter is going to give scanning your piece of paper. Also – think outside of the resume.
7. Don’t overcomplicate things
Behn Dales, Talent Advisor, HandPick Canada: Keep it simple. Don't over complicate things for us or yourself and be clear about what it is you bring to the table. Don't leave room for the talent acquisition team to make any assumptions about your profile.
Whether you’re a new grad just starting out or a Millennial
looking to move your career to the next stage, I hope these tips help you reel
in a job you’ll love. Best of luck in your search!
Got any helpful resume tips of your own? Leave them in the comment section below.