Have A Friend Read Your Resume, Then Guess The Job You're Applying For

Have a Friend Read Your Resume, then Guess the Job You're Applying For

One key way to make sure your resume is noticed is to customise it for every job you apply for. Applying for multiple jobs every day makes that difficult, so here's one way to be sure each resume is tailored for the job you want: Ask a friend to read it over and then tell you the job it's designed to help you get.

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The folks at Idealist Careers point out that sometimes we're just too close to the resume we've slaved over to see it objectively. Seek help from a friend who is familiar with your skills and background, have them look over your resume, and then get them to take a guess at the type of job you're looking to get. They don't have to get the exact title down pat, but they should be able to tell you what some of the critical skills, requirements and job responsibilities of the position are just by looking at the things you've emphasised on your resume.

Give your friend a minute or so to scan it (since recruiters only really look at it for about six seconds anyway), and then get their feedback. Idealist Careers notes you should craft your resume to reflect the job description you're applying for (use the same language, highlight accomplishments and experiences that directly relate to the requested experiences), and having a second set of eyes try to reverse engineer it can make sure you're doing just that.

One Easy Test to Help You Create a Better Resume [Idealist Careers]


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