We have been reviewing a lot of resumes at Song of Style lately. I have received a lot of good resumes but also some not-so-great ones. After reviewing hundreds of application, I have gathered a list of do’s and don’ts. Hopefully these tips can help you land your dream job!
- Print your name and where you’re based clearly on the front top of your resume. You don’t want the employer to spend 10 minutes just so they can find out your name and where you are from. Plus, it’s a nice way to make sure they will remember your name.
- Tell the hiring manager how your skills can help the company. An applicant can have the perfect resume but if I don’t see how they can help at Song of Style, then it’s not the right fit. For example, instead of just saying, “I have social media skills,” say, “With my social media skills, I can help with developing a better social media strategy for your Pinterest and YouTube page.” We want someone who wants to be here and can contribute to the team with something we are missing so be sure to tell us about YOU too. And make sure your grammar is on point (Sorry to be the grammar police, but it does matter to us!).
- Send your resume in .PDF format. You don’t want to miss out on a job opportunity just because your resume file format is not compatible with your employer’s computer. .PDF format is universal. Even if you are applying for a position that isn’t your normal 9-5 job, still put in the effort to keep it professional.
- Do research on the person in charge of hiring. A little stalking on Instagram or Linkedin is never a bad idea. Since most companies have a standard email format, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org, you can easily guess their email and send your resume directly to them. My secret tool is http://mailtester.com/ for verifying the email address.
- Follow up! To be honest, hiring managers emails are flooded, don’t be shy and send that second, third, or fourth email. But do it strategically so you’re not annoying. The standard is to follow up once a week. Sophia and Kathleen from my team both followed up with me a bunch of times before they got interviewed.
- Don’t put irrelevant information. Put only what’s relevant to the job position. If you’re applying for a fashion job, your employer does not need to know about your summer job at the country club when you were 16.
- Don’t go over one page. Unless you have a VERY IMPRESSIVE employment history, keep your resume to one page.
- Don’t use crazy designs. It’s better to keep your resume clean and easy to read. Stick with 1-2 colors, pick a standard font, and use a simple format.
- Don’t say, “Dear Hiring Manager…” Seriously, we are not in the 1990s anymore. Find out who specifically you’re emailing and use their name. It shows you mean business.
- Don’t DM via social media. DMs can get lost since so many are sent to the same person. An email is more formal and professional.
P.S. If you are interested in working at Song of Style, please send your resume to email@example.com