Your resume is an important document that helps you secure a job, and it should always be seen as a work in progress. Why? Because you’ll always have the opportunity to add new experiences, skills and knowledge to your bow. Here’s how to bulk up your resume and get hired.
Apply For Further Education
There’s always time to learn something new in your lifetime and even if you feel like you’ve already got enough qualifications to secure the job you want, it’s beneficial to apply for further education to increase your life experiences and to earn a degree. A degree on your CV can tell your potential employers that you can stick to something for a long period of time and that you have the passion to work hard. Even if you can’t afford to move away, there are courses that you can do online like an online business degree. Studying from the comfort of your own home enables you to still have a job at the same time. So further education isn’t something that shouldn’t be immediately dismissed, and it could be the difference between you getting an interview and not getting one.
Expand On Your Skills
When writing up your resume, it’s useful not to skim past your skills. The skills section of your resume is what shows the employer what you have that will match with what they’re after. This is why it’s important to tweak your resume ever so slightly for every application you make. When applying for jobs, have the job description by the side and try to include all the skills that they need if you have them, in your resume. Anything additional that you think would be worth mentioning, put it in too.
Have A Life Outside Of Work
It’s good to note that any employer will ask you what you do outside of work. Saying that you do very little is going to raise flags. It’s imperative you have a life outside of work because having interests outside of the workplace is good for your mental wellbeing and how you interact with others. It’s not something that’s really required on your resume as that should just relate to professional experience but feel free to mention it openly when and if they ask you in the interview. Remember that not all interviews will be so formal and that you can relax and just be yourself. That’s what they’ll want to see after all!
Always Provide A Tailored Cover Letter
It’s frustrating because of how much time it actually takes, but it’s always worth providing a tailored cover letter for each job that you apply to, even if they don’t request one. It’s a good way of introducing yourself to the company and letting them know what interested you in the role and why you applied in the first place. They want to see evidence that you’re keen to get an interview, rather than a blanket cover letter or resume that’s clearly been sent out to multiple job opportunities. Keep your cover letter fairly short 300-400 words is probably enough to give them a taste of what you are about.
Be Confident And Ask Questions In An Interview
If you’ve managed to successfully secure an interview, congratulations. But now comes the challenging part. When going into an interview, it’s important to be and show confidence in yourself. Remember that you’ve got this interview for the very reason that they are interested in meeting you and have seen the experience that they need on your resume. Dress appropriately and be prepared to ask questions when they ask you for them. Some typical questions to ask would be what you’d be doing on a day to day basis, what made the interviewee join the company etc. Make them personable but professional and be open to anything they ask of you. When it comes to body language, sit up straight but keep your hands loose and avoid crossing your arms as this makes you look defensive.
Bulking up your resume helps you through the lifespan of your career, so never take it for granted when it comes to applying for a new job. So to recap, if it seems appropriate for you, consider further education. Concentrate on expanding your skills and always provide a tailored cover letter. Encourage a life outside of work, and when it comes to the interview, be confident and ask questions. It shows an interest in the company beyond the interview, and it’ll certainly help sway the interviewer’s decision on you.