15 Steps to Align Your Resume to the Job Description
Career Advice Expert, CPRW

The best way to earn a call from a hiring manager is to present a resume that’s precisely tailored to a job description. There are four distinct processes to producing the best resume: preparation, reviewing the job description, matching your skills to the job description, and finally, creating your resume.

Follow these 15 steps to produce a resume that will increase your chances of landing an interview.

Prepare

  • Make a list of your own skills. First, write down all of your hard and soft skills. Consider the five soft skill categories — leadership, communication, interpersonal, analytical, and personal traits — to make sure you cover all your bases. Do the same with hard skills by reflecting on the software, tools and techniques you’ve used throughout your career.
  • Rank your skills according to proficiency. This helps you stay honest with yourself when deciding which employer-sought skills to include or emphasize on your resume.
  •  List career accomplishments and the skills used to achieve them. Not only will this list be useful in interviews, but it’ll be key to writing your resume and cover letter. 
  • Measure these achievements with quantifiable metrics. When it comes time to write your resume, listing accomplishments in terms of measurable figures (i.e., “Streamlined annual budget, resulting in 10% savings”) will be critical to showing how your skills helped employers.
  • Focus your job search on relevant roles of interest. With your lists of skills and accomplishments in hand, make another list of relevant, potential jobs that you find appealing.

    Match your skills to the job description

  • Break down the job ad into a list of skills. Don’t only make note of traits explicitly listed as “skills,” but every duty or qualification that implies the use of a skill.
  • Make a list of all other requirements for the role. Look for the required years of experience, education and all other qualifications outlined in the job description.

    Align your resume with the job description

  • Cross-reference these lists with your own lists of skills and quantified achievements. Narrow down your listed qualifications to those relevant to the role, and stay mindful of synonyms. If a role requires “point-of-sale operation skills,” for example, that’s synonymous with any “cash register training” you already have.
  • Consider yourresume’s format. Functional and combination resumes emphasize transferable skills and are the best choice for those new to their field or changing industries. Keep in mind that format determines where and how thoroughly you can detail each skill.
  • Use the job description’s exact phrasing. Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to automatically eliminate resumes that don’t match job descriptions. This means it’s safest to use an ad’s exact phrasing and spelling when writing your resume.
  • Use industry terminology. Using the same industry-specific phrases as the employer shows you’ve read the job description and suggests you meet their definition of an industry expert.
  • Don’t forget to include quantifiable metrics. These are critical to showing hiring managers exactly how your skills contributed to your previous employers.

    Create a resume to succeed

  • Consider your resume’s design. The visual style you choose can reflect whether you have a sense of a company’s culture. Showing you’ve gleaned this from the job ad can be crucial to getting hired. Also, images, unusual fonts, and unconventional layouts may confuse an ATS.
  • Avoid simple, disqualifying mistakes. To an ATS, spelling and grammar errors turn high-value keywords into irrelevant filler, and using the wrong file format may keep your resume from being read or received at all.
  • Save additional information for your cover letter. Stuffing your resume with less-relevant qualifications only calls attention to the differences between your resume and the job ad. Make sure to set aside a few quantifiable achievements for your cover letter.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a discovery call at my website, www.TheBigGameHunter.us

Quick question? Get it answered with a 3-5 minute video at https://thebiggamehunter.us/videoanswer. Want to do it live? https://thebiggamehunter.us/live

Learn to interview like a pro. “The Ultimate Job Interview Framework” www.TheBigGameHunter.us/interviews Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.

Classes On Skillshare https://thebiggamehunter.us/Skillshare

Become a freelancer or hire one on fiverr.com https://thebiggamehunter.us/fiverr. I use it and I may wind up hiring you!

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas, and advice in your current career and job.

Connect with me on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/thebiggamehunter Mention you listen to the podcast or watch my YouTube channel.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Job Search Going Nowhere? “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle” on Amazon

Watch my videos on YouTube at JobSearchTV.com, the Job Search TV app for Roku, fireTV or a firestick or Bingenetworks.tv for Apple TV, and 90+ smart tv’s.

Subscribe And Give This Video A Thumbs Up If You Found It Helpful.

Thinking of making a career change and need some ideas that fit you. CareerFitter offers a free test and if you want more you can upgrade for the paid version.https://thebiggamehunter.us/Career

 

 

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