According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the first step to successful job hunting is revamping your resume. Writer Jennifer C. Berkshire spotlights seven ways you can improve your job application odds.
6 Ways to Prove You’re the One for the Job
1) Tie qualifications to a charity’s needs.
2) Proofread — and then proofread again.
3) Streamline qualifications to focus on specific achievements.
4) Translate business jargon into English.
5) Emphasize volunteer fund-raising experience.
6) Don’t hide the seasoning.
7) Engage the reader!
I’m constantly rereading and revising my resume, trying to be more specific about what I have accomplished in past positions, shying away from vague jargon, and sticking to bold facts about my volunteer activities, awards, and membership statuses. Infusing your cover letter with colorful but concise language and descriptions of your qualifications can be extremely time consuming especially after the fifth, tenth, or twentieth one, but it will not only help you stand out in a stack of uniformly written job applications but will keep you engaged in the job hunting process that can seem daunting and overwhelming at times.
You might not want to go completely over the edge with redesigning the look and feel of your resume, but it sure is entertaining to check out some of the most creative resumes I’m sure you will ever see. Click here to check them out.