Depending on the industry in which you are aiming to get hired, your resume could be the key to your success. Whether it be a position in the public sector, a technology job or in education – your resume is going to be key to getting your foot in the door.
There are perks to getting a job in the public sector. A lot of it centers on benefits, security and good hours. But, you have to get the job first. Even if you have all the experience for the job, applying for a public-sector job is completely different than applying with a private company.
In applying for a public position, it’s important to remember that keywords matter less given a robot isn’t going to be reading it. In fact, your resume should be as humanized as possible given it will be read by actual people, even a group on a hiring committee from multiple departments.
Some tips to remember in applying for a public job include:
•Keep it traditional: Stick to the look in resume and cover letter that stays professional and doesn’t get too fancy. Use conservative font to outline your experience, education and achievements.
•Follow the steps: Procedures have to be followed in public-sector positions. Deviating from steps outlines in the job description and post could mean you missing the finalist list of candidates for interviews.
•Be specific and thorough: While traditionally its been said to keep your resume short and to only one page. However, for a public position, it’s important to provide details. Share as much pertinent information as possible to state your case for the position.
•Be personable: As stated above, this is not a robot or quick resume skimmer that decides the best possible candidates to interview. Instead, it is a real person who understands what it takes to work a government job where you likely will deal with the public. They are looking for a true person and not just keywords. Use clear and concise statements.
Unlike a government job, unless you are applying for a job in the public sector, getting a tech job requires clear, concise information on your experience, certifications and education.
Personal summary: The first step in creating a resume for a tech job is to knock the personal summary out of the park. With the right wording, expressions and information - The personal summary can get you a step forward with the application. However, worded incorrectly, especially when it’s a tech department syphering through the material, you may lose consideration before they even start skimming further down the page. In a summary paragraph, including the title of the job for which you are seeking, experience and a quick rundown of qualifications.
Skill set: It’s important to really list and be thorough in supplying your qualifications that proves you meet the skill set required for the job in which you are applying. While some outside the tech industry may think they are reading a foreign language, tech industry professionals understand and want to know. Explain areas in which you are an expert, explain areas you are knowledgable and clearly list areas in which you have experience.
Don’t stray from the job description: While it’s important to get the personal summary right, provide experience, education and knowledge - it’s still important to align the resume to the job description. Whether it’s someone skimming or computer software – you want the keywords of your resume, cover letter and personal summary to align with those specified in the job description.
What to leave in, what to leave out: Remember to include the parts of your work history that are relevant to the position. Leave out the rest. Also, include personal details fitting to the position. Include all information regarding your achievements in the field.
A position in Education:
Education is one of those fields where you can be hired in either the public or private sector. It’s an area where you have stability in hours worked, and it is also increasingly demanding as much as positions in the education field are in demand.
Getting a job in education requires specific skills as much as it requires experiences and credentials. Some of those skills include adaptability, dedication, creativity and the ability to be an effective communicator.
In creating a good resume and building a career in education, some tips to keep in mind include:
Gaining experience: The more experience you have, the more willing institutions are to hire you.
Degrees and certifications: Any time you are teaching, or participating in educating any age group, it’s important to have the degrees required by the schools and institutions. However, it’s just as important to show in a resume that you’ve kept up and evolved. Times change, which requires more certifications, updated practices and proof that you stay with the times.
Appearance matters: We aren’t talking about the clothing you choose or how you sit and carry yourself during an interview – we are talking about the resume. Your resume must have a professional look, be well organized. Remember, even in education, a resume may only be skimmed for up to 30 seconds.