Ask Vanessa - How to Distinguish Yourself On Your Resume
Posted By: Vanessa Morrison on January 31, 2017 |
Addresses the most common issues regarding resumes. From time to time there will be an article written on trends concerning the resume, as well as articles pertaining to resumes and interviews.
Everyone today is looking for ways to catch the eye of an employer since you are literally competing against on the average at least 200 sometimes 300 people for one job. So, what are some out of box ways you can stand out and get noticed. Here I will share two ways you can apply today.
1. Volunteer – Often overlooked is taking on a leadership role in what you are passionate about shows an employer a couple of things:
a. Initiative – You aren’t waiting on an opportunity for someone to choose you to shine, you will take it wherever you can and shine there. Employers like to see you taking the initiative on something you are passionate in. Chances are if you are passionate in your role as a volunteer that will transfer directly over to them.
b. Humanity- What employer doesn’t like to see that you are interested in humanity. Whatever the call is for you, an employer does like to see that you are interested in somebody else, or something else. It shows you are self-centered, great showmanship and in fact some employers give you so many hours to volunteer for a good cause. It is built into their business model, this is usually talked about in new hire orientation.
c. Resume – You can put this on your resume, and call attention to it. Some employers equate this just as much as experience, so if you don’t have any experience, volunteering is one way that will get you there.
2. Organizations – It goes further than just joining an organization, make sure you join an organization that is worth your time, and is lined up with your career goals. If you aren’t sure if you want to join, there are plenty that will let you come to their meeting for the first two free before you decide to join. Some of them even if you are a student or a recent graduate you can join for free. When you do decide to join, join with a purpose and stay actively involved, networking is priceless. You can also put them on your resume and use as a reference if you are actively involved. It’s a great thing to use the President, or any leadership position as a reference.
If you liked this article and want to submit your question about your resume. Do so, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For speaking engagements, you can contact her at 214-810-5790. Vanessa Morrison is a HR copywriter, a New Hire Consultant/Coach. She has been in business for 7 years writing resumes and now teaches others and is the author of Maximize Your Job Success Series, most recently Maximize Your Job Success - 8 Secrets to Get HR’s Attention.
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