Who doesn’t love a good shortcut? Just the other day I found a new way to bike home from work that saved me a few minutes on my commute. I got way too excited about it, I’ll admit it. But c’mon those are a few extra minutes I can sleep in now!
In my time as a Career Counselor, I have discovered a few resume “shortcuts” that make the job search process more manageable. They may not save time on your commute, but I still think they can help your job search! Try these three resume shortcuts to make your resume work harder and smarter for you when you send out job applications.
- Hyperlinks, Hyperlinks, Hyperlinks! Look, we all know a resume isn’t supposed to include everything you’ve ever done on it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative about leading readers off the page. Do you mention a portfolio, personal webpage, email address, LinkedIn public profile, or writing sample on your resume? If you do, great! Hyperlink that coding portfolio or that blog you wrote directly onto your resume when you mention it. Want more LinkedIn profile views? Customize your public profile URL to optimize SEO and hyperlink it onto your header! This way a recruiter can learn more about you outside of your resume in one simple click. Recruiters love a good shortcut and the easier you make it for them to see your accomplishments, the more will take advantage of it!
- Quantify. This is another easy shortcut. Whenever it is possible and applicable, see if you can throw some numbers into your bullet points. How many interns did you train? What percentage of new business did you bring in? How much did user growth increase by? By quantifying with concise numbers, you give the reader a glimpse into some of your accomplishments and scope of your work!
- Make a “Master Resume” Copy. So I always recommend that you tailor your resume to the job, and get it to a single page which I understand can be a challenge! When I am applying to jobs I always pull out my master resume copy to start. This copy tends to be closer to 2-3 pages and reads a little bit more like a CV. Rather than rewrite my resume from scratch for the job I am applying for I copy and paste the lines and positions I feel are most relevant from my master copy onto my custom made resume. After just a few minutes, boom, I have a great start to a totally custom, tailor made resume just for that job!
Mike Ariale is the Assistant Director of Career Development & Social Media at Northeastern University. He specializes in disability employment issues, and works with many other diversity initiatives on campus. When not at work, you can find him breaking a sweat at the boxing gym, hanging out at the latest SoFar concert, or enjoying Boston’s foodie scene! Tweet him @CareerCoachNU