The booming economy will create more jobs for executives in 2019 – and more competition.
"The best way executives can position themselves for new opportunities is to have a solid resume prepared well before you need one," said Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president of the award-winning Great Resumes Fast, based in Jacksonville.
"Even when the market is favoring your desire to advance or pivot your career, your resume is still the tool that helps you get through applicant tracking systems and get noticed by employers. If you're ready to freshen up your resume and step out on the job market here are my top resume writing tips for 2019 to help you succeed," she said.
Her new report "12 Resume Writing Tips for 2019" includes 12 tactics to helps executives find high-paying jobs. The tips include everything from formatting and algorithms, to strategic thinking. To get a free copy of the report, go to https://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2018/11/14/12-resume-writing-tips-for-2019-2/
Here are four tips to help you create the perfect resume:
Resume Writing Tip #1: The Importance of Having a Direction, Plan, and Purpose
'This is the type of job market where you can actually be picky. You have choices and you don't have to settle. This is the time in your career when you can evaluate what you really want to be doing all those hours during the week," she said.
"Have you ever sat back and wondered what your purpose is? What you would actually ENJOY doing every day? What would make you feel fulfilled and provide career satisfaction?" Hernandez said.
"A resume without a vision is pointless. You might as well toss it in the trash can," she said.
Resume Writing Tip #2: Look for Themes Across Your Career
Finding common themes across your career can help you develop your personal brand.
These questions can help you find those themes:
Resume Writing Tip #3: Do customize your resume for each type of position by doing the following:
Resume Writing Tip #4: Hit on the Employer's Pain Points
"When I read a resume I'm not just looking to see if the person has the necessary keywords, skills, and credentials. I'm reading the resume and thinking "Can this person meet the needs I have, solve the problems I'm facing, and contribute in a meaningful way?" she said.
When the employer reads your resume they should say "That's exactly what I need help with!"
"When I worked for Medtronic as an employment manager it used to take them over a month to find, interview, hire, and train new team members. I was able to cut that time in half. This increased the team's productivity by 20 percent and saved thousands in lost revenue and time. It also became a theme across my career as I was able to do this in several different positions across varying organizations," she said.
For a comprehensive resume writing tips and guidance, Great Resumes Fast has created a special report called 131 Resume Writing Tips – The Most Comprehensive List of Resume Writing Tips on the Internet. It covers every single section of a resume from the name at the top to the credentials at the bottom offering tips, advice, and how-tos for everything about your resume.