Applying for jobs can be a hard and tiring process, no matter what industry or role that you are going for.
One of the hardest things to get right when applying for jobs in your resume, which is the first thing that your potential employers will see. First impressions count, so you need to make sure that your resume does its best at making you look like the perfect candidate.
To help you get your next moving company job, we’ve put together a list of the top tips and advice to turn any resume into stand-out applications.
Ready to get started? Let’s dive into the top tips for writing your resume.
Before you get started with your moving company resume, you need to pick a format and decide which kind of resume that you’re going to make.
Are you going to use a skills-based resume? Or are you going to create a traditional-styled resume that focuses on your employment history?
Both of these format types have their benefits and advantages. Typically, if you’ve had a lot of experience within the moving company before, you would want to stick to the latter to emphasize this. If you’re switching careers or haven’t had much experience, for example, if you’re fresh out of college, you might want to opt for a skills-based one to highlight your achievements in a different way.
If you’re not great on the computer, tons of websites offer templates or resume builders to help you out on this step.
Don’t save the best until last.
When creating your resume, you want to lead with your strongest point so they get a sense of your character from the get-go. If you’re using a personal statement or objective section (usually a short paragraph of text before your experiences) this is the place to nail why you are the best person for this job.
The ideal resume should be between 1-2 pages. This is a limited amount of space, so rather than try and cram in every single bit of experience or achievement you’ve ever achieved, think about what is the most important to your moving company job.
As a rule, the most recent experiences hold more weight, so even though you might be proud of your volunteering experience in college, you might want to give this a miss for now.
If you’ve had a variety of careers, or if this is your first moving company job, then this tip is essential for making sure that your past employment history shows you in the best light.
Instead of just listing all of your past work experience, instead, think about the key skills and achievements for each one and how they relate to your current role. So if you worked in retail before, mention the strong communication and customer service skills you got and demonstrate it with a particular example from that time.
Resumes work best when you show your skills, rather than tell. Great resumes don’t just tell your potential employer about you, but also give a snapshot of your professional achievements.
Whenever you list an experience or skill, qualify it with numbers or data if you have it. For example:
The more specific you can get with your achievements, the better.
Okay, here’s some tragic news. Although you might have spent hours writing and crafting the best resume in the world, not everyone will read it. Hiring managers can receive hundreds of resumes a day – meaning they’ll just skim through them and pick out the ones worth reading.
That means you need to make sure your resume is easily skimmable, putting your best information and assets in places that will draw the eye even if you’re just glancing over it. Think about the main message you want to get across, then ask someone if they got that message by looking at your resume for less than 60 seconds.
Although you can use the bulk of your resume time and time again (if it’s up to date!), you should make sure that each resume that you send off is tailored to the company and role that you’re applying for.
A great way to do this is to compare your resume with the job listing. Look at the skills and requirements they list, then use it as a checklist to compare your resume against. For example, if you saw a listing for a forklift operator in a moving company that stressed strategy skills, teamwork, and communication, you need to make sure that your resume has these skills ticked off and put front and center.
When tailoring your resume, make sure that any skills you add are demonstrated though. Don’t just tell your employer you’re good at working in a team. Prove it with an example.
Finished your resume? Great!
Now it’s time to proofread it and check everything is correct and error-free. Misspellings or grammatical errors can kill your hard work and paint you in a bad light, so give yourself enough time to check and check again that everything is okay.
Ever opened up a word document from someone else, only to find all the formatting changed for an inexplicable reason? If that happened to your resume, then all of your hard work would be ruined just by having it sent in the wrong document file.
When you’re ready to send it off, save your resume as a PFD. And pro-tip, make sure that you name the file sensibly. No one wants to see ‘Resume Finial Verison.pdf in their inbox. Choose a sensible name for your recruiter, like ‘John Smith Resume’.
Once saved, make sure to open it back up and check that everything is formatted correctly (just in case) before you send it off.
Once that’s done, it’s time to take a breath and wait to hear back from your job.
Using the above tips and advice, you’ll be able to write a stand-out resume in no time at all. The only missing piece will be finding the perfect job to send it to, which is where we can help.
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