Right now, I'm leading the firm's efforts with two searches, so resumes are on my mind. A close friend just sent an amazing article by Adrian Granzella Larssen of the Daily Muse that's well worth the read for all job seekers and for nonprofits reviewing resumes.
On that first read of your resume, try to do the same thing. Ignore typos or formatting issues, and think about the overall message your resume is sending:
- Does this sell you as the perfect candidate for the types of roles you’re seeking?
- Are there any gaps between the experience on the page and the experience required for the job?
- If so, are there ways in which you could bridge those gaps?
- What makes your experience stand out among other, similar candidates?
- Does the top third of your resume serve as a hook to get the hiring manager to read more?
- Is there anything on your resume that doesn’t need to be there?
Pro Tip: Look at the LinkedIn profiles of people at your level in your field, and see how they tell their stories. Which ones are most compelling or stand out the most? See what you can learn from them and how you can apply those lessons to your own resume.