3 Ways to Brush-Up Your Resume in 2019
Starting or refreshing your resume can seem like a daunting task. However, it is well worthwhile, as your resume normally serves as your first impression to potential employers.
With 245 insurance companies and more than 108,000 employees in Ohio, insurance is a key part of the economy. With so many insurance careers in Ohio, these companies are looking for the right people to fill their open roles.
A well-polished resume can make all the difference in standing out among other potential job candidates and could land you a sustainable and rewarding career in insurance.
Organize Your Resume
Organizing your resume clearly and concisely is a great way to capture the attention of a hiring manager. According to Time, studies show that recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. Therefore, you need to make sure that yours is organized in a way that is simple and readable yet also eye-catching.
Breaking your resume into sections is another helpful way to organize and guide your reader through your resume’s contents. Examples of good section headings include, Professional Experience, Education, Relevant Skills, Accomplishments and Awards.
Using simple, professional fonts is important for the overall look and readability of your resume. Glassdoor recommends using fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial in 10-, 11-, or 12-point size. They also recommend utilizing bullet points and short paragraphs to organize your content.
Use Relevant Keywords
In addition to being organized, your resume must also accurately showcase your skills. Clear communication and the selection of the right keywords will help you do a better job of telling your professional story.
The keywords you use on your resume need to be relevant and pop out to the eye of the recruiter. When selecting keywords, put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter and highlight what you have that they would be looking for.
For example, if you are applying for a role in management, use key words like “managed”, “lead”, or “advised”. Those words will stand out and show your potential employer that you have experience related to the role and that you would be a great fit for the position.
Tailor Your Resume
For each job you apply for, you will need to slightly tailor your resume. A common mistake that candidates will make is creating a single resume and sending it out to as many employers as they can.
A better approach is to research companies and read job descriptions closely. After you have a good grasp on what the job entails and what the organization is looking for you can read through your resume and make adjustments.
If you are applying for a variety of different jobs requiring different qualifications, it is helpful to keep a master list of all your skills. This list is then available for reference and you can easily pull skills that are relevant to the job for which you are applying.
If you are looking to change up your career and begin applying for jobs, follow these tips and get your resume polished.
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