Woosh. A huge stack of papers land on your desk.
You groan, already dreading reviewing them.
But one catches your eye.
It looks professional, personalized, and most of all, like it has a story to tell you. One you want to read.
It’s the best resume you’ve seen in your life.
Now that you’ve put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes, you’re in a much better position to fix your resume.
This is a key skill many companies look for: empathy.
If you’ve taken EntryLevel’s Product Management, UX Designer, or Digital Marketing programs, you’ve learned about the importance of empathy. But empathy is a skill you should practice outside your portfolio projects too, and apply to your job search.
Without empathy, you might make these resume mistakes that cost you the job.
Imagine you’re recruiting for a data analyst role.
A resume lands on your desk. It looks promising - the design is clean and the text is easy to read. But you start reading, and the first bullet point says “Did social media marketing for a startup.”
You do a double-take and check if you’re even recruiting for the right position.
Yup, it’s for a data analyst role…not social media marketing. You throw out the resume.
Okay, let’s rewind…
A new and improved resume lands on your desk.
The first statement reads “Conducted in-depth analysis of social media marketing data using Excel, using Tableau to generate insights that led to a 2% increase in conversions.”
Wow. You’re almost blown out of your chair. Especially because your job description specifically asks for someone with knowledge of Excel and Tableau.
This is the effect your resume should have on recruiters. Even if you’re transitioning to a new role (i.e. social media marketer to data analyst), you can tailor your resume to the specific position.
So take some time and look at the job description. What keywords can you find to use in your resume?
Let’s play a game.
Resume statement 1: Wrote 5 blog posts in 1 month for SEO
Resume statement 2: Empathized with user pain points by creating a user journey map, which informed blog posts and led to a 5% increase in website traffic
What differences did you notice?
Note: this person is transitioning from marketing to product management.
This is why it’s so important to write your wins, not just your duties. Share accomplishments you’re proud of, especially if they helped the organization succeed.
Need help with rephrasing your resume statements? Check out this AI resume statement generator so you can create an impressive statement in 8 seconds.
The first thing recruiters will see is the top of your resume.
That’s why you shouldn’t put irrelevant work experience there.
You need to make sure the first thing the recruiter sees is relevant to the job, so you need to:
What if your most recent work experience is NOT relevant to the positions you’re applying for?
Here’s what you can do:
That's 3 of my tips but I actually have 3 more! Let me know if we should follow this up with part 2.
If you need more inspiration, check out stories from our other students. One student, Christiana, applied to over 50 jobs. It was a very difficult process until she finally landed a job. You can read her story and advice here (it’s honestly very motivating).