How to Get the Job, Pt. 1
Securing a job out of state: how to build your resume and what to feature about yourself.
I am going to share exactly how I built my resume and what I thought were important points to feature. Everyone is different and every job is different, while I cannot guarantee that my exact method will work for you - this will be a great place for you to start.
When I was in college, I asked a few professionals to send me their resumes. I highly recommend asking to see your friend’s or family’s resumes in order to get a sense of what you like and how you want to format yours.
The job that you are applying for determines certain aspects of your resume. For example, if you are creative, you should highlight your creative abilities through your resume and your portfolio. As a marketing major, I wanted to use what I know about marketing in order to market myself.
Create a SWOT analysis (a tool that identifies a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) to help determine what opportunities are available to you. While strengths and weaknesses are internal, opportunities and threats are external to the organization. As a job applicant, it is important to know your strengths to highlight them for the employer. Differentiating yourself from the competition is KEY.
Analyzing the opportunities around you will also help you to take full advantage of them. With technology for example, you have an opportunity to easily apply to jobs within your field that are in a different state. Through this, you can have access to great networking tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and other platforms to connect with various professionals in your field.
To start, I decided to put my professional photo on my resume. I have read articles that go back and forth about this - but personally, especially in marketing or sales, I think it is important to put a face to the name. Companies receive hundreds if not thousands of applications so it is vital that your’s stands out.
Below is the header for my resume. Using applications such as Pages and Microsoft Word, I was able to easily format my photo and my contact information to be the first thing you see at the top of both pages.
For me, I was graduating college and had never had a corporate job before - so I highlighted my internships. In these descriptions, it is important to explain what you did for the company and how they benefited from you working there, while also stating your takeaways from that experience. Just simply stating that you interned for a tech startup is not enough - you need to be able to articulate the details of your work, the impact they had on the company and how that experience has shaped who you are as a professional.
How will you benefit the company you're applying for? What can you offer that other applicants can't?
The sections of my resume included: Education, Experience, Skills and a brief About Me. section. In a previous article, “How She Got Here Pt. 1”, I stated that I would pay for my own moving expenses, due to the fact that I was only interested in out-of-state positions. I also included a sentence that said I was willing to work either remote or in the office. I did this because a lot of companies are receiving resistance when asking employees to be in-office and I wanted to let them know that I was OK doing either.
When I interviewed with the head of HR for my current position, she said I had one of the best resumes she had seen. The information is important, but so is the structure and the little details. Make it clean, concise and make it your own.
If you reach out, I am willing to send you my resume template or I can do a one-on-one Zoom meeting to go over your resume and make a few edits! While a resume may just seem like an annoying task, it is a vital tool in your job search.