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How to Write a Resume That Gets the Interview In 2023

Have you ever been tempted to buy a resume template off of Etsy? Or maybe go to Canva to get a resume template for that job you want?

No worries, all of us at some point have thought of doing both, I know I did when I was first starting and I did not know a thing about the job search or what a resume was.

Well, since it was brought up…

What is a resume?

According to Investopedia, a resume is a document that job applicants use to summarize their work experience, educational background, and special skills.

It technically tells the prospective employer if you are qualified for the job and if you are on your resume when you will hopefully be invited into a job interview.

Here is the thing: the reason why Etsy and Canva were brought up so early on in this blog post is that your resume does not need to be pretty, it needs to be effective.

It needs to get the job done to land you interviews.

If you are ready to learn how to write a resume that gets you hired, you are in the right place.

If you are like any other traditional job applicant and are using an online forum to find jobs, a resume will undoubtedly be the most important document you will have to write to get you started in the job searching process.

A well-written resume needs to highlight the most relevant and impressive qualities, accomplishments, impact, and qualifications to be considered for an interview.

Before we continue, I have to add that this post is specifically to address the job search process in the US, resumes are different in different areas of the world. And this is also to answer directly to those wanting to break into corporate America.

Here is what you will learn after reading this guide:

  • How to quantify your accomplishments using the famous “Google’s XYZ” formula
  • Ensure your resume is going to be “ATS friendly” with the keyword and phrases needed to stand out
  • Learn what important experience needs to be included in your resume
  • How to craft an excellent highlight section to wow the recruiters after only 5 seconds
  • What type of skills should you add to your resume

First things first, let’s chat about the main components of your resume (aside from the contact information the order in which you choose to place these components in your resume will depend on your level of experience and seniority or stage you are in your career, i.e. industry changes, graduation recency, relevant experience, etc.)

Contact information – this should be the first thing the recruiter sees and it needs to have the following information:

  • Full name
  • Contact information (email, phone number, LinkedIn URL)
  • City of residence

Education – This is for those who have an education at any level, certifications, or any professional training attained in a formal education setting. If you are a recent graduate (3yrs or less) you should have this at the top of the resume right after your contact information.

Here you should include the name of the institution, area of study, and special recognitions. If you’d like, you can keep the graduation date off your resume because that can tend to age discrimination.

Executive Summary – this is optional, but it can be impactful for those with more experience, looking to change industries or careers, and would like to highlight. Studies have shown that the first thing the recruiter’s eye catches is the top center part of the resume, which happens to be where the summary would be. This section (if you decide to use it) needs to show your most valuable and recent career accomplishments. Keep it between 2-4 sentences. Make sure it clearly states the results you have provided a company with your skill set.

Professional Experience – Relevant job experience is the meat and potatoes of your resume, and it is arguably the part that gets you the attention you need to land a job interview. So this is going to be especially important that you get it right. This section should be listed in chronological order and be sure to have the bullets listed in the order of importance.

Most job descriptions list their duties with the top 3-5 being the most important responsibilities that the hiring manager considers to be the most critical. You want the resume to reflect the same. Stay away from listing tasks, you should concentrate on providing a results-driven overview. This section needs to also show the impact you have had while performing your duties at work, and the way you can do that is by providing data and metrics that can be easily measured.

Now, I might have gotten lost there, but this is where the easy XYZ formula comes in handy. This is a formula that was created and revealed by Google, you can read the article by visiting careers.google.com/how-we-hire

Essentially, they say this: “Be specific about projects you’ve worked on or managed. What was the outcome? How did you measure success? When in doubt, lean on the formula, “accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z].”

My rule of thumb is that if you can’t formulate your bullet like this one you need to start over. Don’t leave any of your experiences to chance. This is the exact formula I use to coach my clients and the one that helped me land a job in a FAANG company. So it WORKS!!!!

Skills – Competencies and technical skills should go hand-in-hand with your executive summary. Expertise and knowledge can be shown here in a bullet point format.

For example:

  • Employee Relations
  • Change management
  • ADP payroll
  • Python, Javascript

Be sure to correlate these to match the job posting’s keywords. Remember that often the recruiter is specifically looking for those hard skills first before assessing if they should call you for a job interview. Therefore, you need to be vigilant about this piece just like you were in your experience section.

Languages/Accomplishments – this is also going to be on an individual basis and will also be your choice. Accomplishments can be a powerful way to showcase a good review you received from your manager OR an excellent opportunity to highlight the project you are the proudest of. Languages can also be impactful and should always be included if the role requires it. Note that if you are stating that you are proficient in a particular language the interviewer might ask you to demonstrate it, so ensure you can hold a professional conversation in that language.

Now that you have the main components of a basic resume

Rapid Fire Must Do – Here are some useful and simple things you should add or have in your resume for ultimate results:

  • Add facts and data (quantify your accomplishments) *go back to the XYZ formula
  • Use consistent format by using the same fonts and layout throughout
  • Use chronological order for your experience
  • If you get stuck or have issues coming up with metrics or examples that show impact, you can try thinking back on your professional experience, and use the STAR method when writing out projects or what I like to call “career stories”
    • S – situation
    • T – task at hand
    • A – action taken
    • R – results

Now, let’s talk about what not to include in your resume. It is important to know what to add to your resume but it is also important to understand the things that might be outdated and or unnecessary to add to your resume.

  1. Your full address – is not a necessary part of your resume. Also, think of the privacy issues; when you are sending your resume to strangers on the internet you don’t want them to have your full address.
  2. Objective statements – are also super outdated because they technically do not add any value to your resume. It only points to things you wish to obtain, which is great but it does not increase your chances of getting a job just because you are saying you want it.
  3. Soft skills – this is probably one of the most continuous offenses I see on resumes, and it is not that they are not valuable, but leaving them in your resume as a one-off does not provide the impact you have had in your role. There are ways to implement soft skills in your resume that say you are a “team player” without having to type those words exactly. Here is an example of what a bullet point would look like if you were to want to showcase you were a team player:
    • Managed and coordinated 5 revenue impact projects while working cross-functionally with 8 different departments
  4. Spelling and grammar – you want to ensure you leave a good impression, your resume is your first chance to do that. If you send in a resume that has grammatical errors or mistakes, that will make you look like you are careless or not very good at attention to detail. This is why I advise my clients to be strategic with their search, because the fewer yet more strategic jobs you apply for, the more time you have to be intentional leaving the least room for error.
  5. References upon request – this is another outdated resume practice that should be removed. Recruiters and hiring managers assume you will give them references if they request. Keep in mind that a lot of companies are moving away from requiring references because you are likely to provide someone that could only write positive things about you, for good reason, and so the data they obtain turns out to not be as valuable or useful. Remember your resume is precious real estate and you should treat it as such.
  6. Using passive language – Be sure to use action verbs instead of passive language in your resume. I tend to use a lot of passive verbs because I am bilingual, and while I translate things in my head as I write them, they often do come off that way. Don’t worry, in this guide I have also included a list of action verbs you can use in case you need inspiration.

RAPID FIRE mistakes to avoid

Poor attention to detail – mistakes, typos, grammatical errors, etc.
How to combat that: my biggest advice here is to have different people take a look at your resume and ask them to spell check your resume.

Too long of a resume – yes, the length should not matter, but we have a problem when applicants send out 10pg resumes.
How to combat that: only leave the most relevant information/experience in the resume that will answer directly to the role you are applying to. Decrease the margins and use smaller fonts.

Now, the moment you have been waiting for, here is a sneak peek of the resume template you will get, all you have to do is download it using this link, be sure to make a copy before you make any changes.

What frustrates you the most about writing resumes? What do you wish to know about the hiring process? Ask away in the comments below.

There is also a handy guide attached when you download the resume.

Best of luck in your job search, you got this!!!!!

I hope this blog post serves you well, it talked about the tips on how to write a resume, and it also explained what is a resume, with this post you will be able to learn how to write a resume for the first time, and most importantly it covered resume writing tips and samples.

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Please note that all topics discussed are my opinion and not based on my current or past employers. This is not a call to discuss job opportunities at my employer and does not guarantee job placement.
DISCLAIMER: Please note I do not offer any career coaching services or interview prep to those seeking jobs in the Tech industry.
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There are people applying for jobs you want and they far less qualified than you!

Be delulu! Apply to the job!

There are far less competent men asking for the raise.

Be delulu, ask for more!

No one thought going to the moon was a sane idea until it happened.

This time next will look so different, you have to show up, take action and claim it as your
But you also need the data to back it up!

And if you need help with that part, comment “VIP” and I’ll send you the sign up info on your DMs this waitlist is pumped up and you don’t want to miss out for what’s coming in the 2024!!!

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The best way to have leverage during these conversations is to have other options lined up.

Practice before you have this conversation.

Consider other compensation aside the base salary.

Salary conversations are one of my favorite topics. Drop your questions below 👇🏼

#salarynegotiation #salary #careeradvice
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👏🏻salary negotiations are very personal because it’s going depend on how much reliable information you have and how much leverage you actually have at the time of negotiation. 

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@careersinreview the secret to negotiation when it comes to your salary…

Is, there is no secret.

Those “comments” truly don’t matter.

Could they hurt you a bit if you’re in a conversation with a really experienced recruiter? Maybe.

Sometimes good recruiters (the truly good ones) only want to know the number that will make you happy.

But the tricky part is hard for you as the job seeker to know who are the good ones.

So I get it, let’s prepare you for the scenario where you’d get someone who might want to get you for cheaper 😣

Yes, you shouldn’t volunteer how much you currently make.

So here is how you can safely navigate this:

🔥give a range, a big one, and take advantage of total compensation talk.

✨it’s not all about base salary, so when you give a number and if it feels too big for you be sure to mention at the end “total compensation”

👏🏻salary negotiations are very personal because it’s going depend on how much reliable information you have and how much leverage you actually have at the time of negotiation.

So although it doesn’t technically really matter, to be safe stay away from saying those things, come prepared, be ok with talking about money 💰

You got this!

I’m creating a $FREE.99 guide all things money (salary negotiation) when it comes to all milestones to your career.

Comment “VIP” and I’ll add you to the waiting list for when that’s ready in January.

This resource comes with 10yrs of experience negotiating salary on both sides of the table, negotiating base, benefits, titles, vacations, equity, and more.

It’s gonna be LIT 🔥

Drop “VIP” in the comments and you’ll be added to the waiting list.
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✨the job market continues to be dumpster fire 🔥

And the career advice I see continues to be less reliable.

The more “clickbait” and outrageous the claim the more likely it is that is not true.

Some jobs might not make it to a job board but that would be the very minority of the cases not 80%

Adding the job description in white font to your resume is an old trick that has now been picked up by recruiters, not a risk you should be taking.

You can reach out to recruiters and HMs, do it strategically, apply for the role first, you need to comply with the rules. They can’t consider you if you’re not an official candidate.

#career #careersearch #jobsearch #hiddenjobmarket #jobmarket #careersucess #careercoachingonline #careercoaching #careergoals
...

I can’t believe I’m going to say this…

But you have the right to walk away, repeat after me, you have the right to walk away!

A lot of career content creators (myself included) talk about the things you should avoid as a job seeker so you don’t show red flags to your future employer.

But what should you do when the employer is the one showing the red flags? 

Here is what you can say when you’re encounter with these scenarios:

🚩Not sharing salary after multiple attempts: “unfortunately I’m unable to continue in the process without understanding the compensation structure and salary range being offered for the role…”

🚩Illegal questions: “I rather focused on talking about the professional aspect of my background and joe my skills can serve this role…” 

🚩Lengthly projects (not compensated): “here is a sample portfolio of my work which will showcase the exact same skills and will answer the same questions as the project proposed for this project.”

🚩Exploding offer: “I understand the urgency here, I’d appreciate reasonable time to evaluate the offer in writing and review so I know I’m ma liking an educated decision”

🚩no shows or too many reschedules:”unfortunately it appears this role might not be ready to be filled at this time, I’ll be withdrawing my application from consideration.

I’m working on something super exciting to help you prep for your interviews if you want first dibs follow the instructions below. 

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I can’t believe I’m going to say this…

But you have the right to walk away, repeat after me, you have the right to walk away!

A lot of career content creators (myself included) talk about the things you should avoid as a job seeker so you don’t show red flags to your future employer.

But what should you do when the employer is the one showing the red flags?

Here is what you can say when you’re encounter with these scenarios:

🚩Not sharing salary after multiple attempts: “unfortunately I’m unable to continue in the process without understanding the compensation structure and salary range being offered for the role…”

🚩Illegal questions: “I rather focused on talking about the professional aspect of my background and joe my skills can serve this role…”

🚩Lengthly projects (not compensated): “here is a sample portfolio of my work which will showcase the exact same skills and will answer the same questions as the project proposed for this project.”

🚩Exploding offer: “I understand the urgency here, I’d appreciate reasonable time to evaluate the offer in writing and review so I know I’m ma liking an educated decision”

🚩no shows or too many reschedules:”unfortunately it appears this role might not be ready to be filled at this time, I’ll be withdrawing my application from consideration.

I’m working on something super exciting to help you prep for your interviews if you want first dibs follow the instructions below.

Comment the word “GUIDE” and I’ll send you the pdf with preliminary information, once you sign up you’ll be the first to know when the new resource come out 🤪

#interviews #interviewtips #interviewquestions #interviewskills #interviewprep #jobinterviewquestions #jobinterviewtips #jobinterviews #jobinterview #careertipsdaily #careertalk
...

I know y’all don’t want to hear this, but it’s the truth.

Al is not yet the one rejecting or selecting the candidates/ resumes that will move forward.

Because the one company that tried it got sued big time and the technology is not ready for it yet, so it has not happen vet.

So please for the love of god stop believing people that have no experience in hiring, people who have never seen the back end of a hiring applicant system.

The job market is tough right now, so you might doing all the right things and still might not be seeing results, time will be the determining factor here.

#aitools #aihiring #ainews #hiringalert #hiringjobs

I know y’all don’t want to hear this, but it’s the truth.

Al is not yet the one rejecting or selecting the candidates/ resumes that will move forward.

Because the one company that tried it got sued big time and the technology is not ready for it yet, so it has not happen vet.

So please for the love of god stop believing people that have no experience in hiring, people who have never seen the back end of a hiring applicant system.

The job market is tough right now, so you might doing all the right things and still might not be seeing results, time will be the determining factor here.

#aitools #aihiring #ainews #hiringalert #hiringjobs
...

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