If you are on the job hunt, responding to legal advertising in the Bay Area for jobs such as a lawyer or clerk, you may be finding it quite discouraging. You haven’t had many call backs, and the ones you have had come as rejections, not to mention, it seems as if the market is competitive and with your low amount of experience, you don’t have a big chance in the competition. Instead of taking on all the negative feedback and getting further discouraged, try these tips to help your resume get noticed.
Target the Job
Printing out a single resume and taking it to each firm that is advertising, or sending it online to every ad you find, is not an effective way to get hired. Employers will notice if you have put in the effort to target your resume to the position and this will play in your favor when it comes to standing out amongst a pile of resumes that are indeed just generic copies.
Be Honest and Genuine
While you may be tempted to exaggerate your skills or experience, in an effort to meet the job requirements, doing this will likely only end up hurting you in the end. Sooner or later, whether in the interview or on the job, your employer will learn what you are capable of and know if you have been dishonest on your resume. If this happens, it may result in you not getting the job or losing the job. The best thing to do is be honest about your skills and capabilities, focusing on highlighting your strengths and painting your areas of lower skills, not as a weakness, but as a place where you are ready to learn and improve.
Play to Your Skills and Experience
As mentioned above, being dishonest on your resume is not the way to success, but that doesn’t mean you can’t craft the resume in your favor, playing to your skills and experience that are most relevant to the position. Try listing your most relevant experience or previous jobs first and create a skills section that highlights only skills that are relevant for the particular job that you are after. Opt for a profile as opposed to an objective, the former of which profiles exactly why you are the ideal candidate for the position and how your skills and experience will fit in seamlessly for what the company is looking for.
Finding a job is stressful for everyone. With a little bit of work on your resume, however, and putting in some time to target companies and positions that best match your skills, you can find success in your hunt.