How to Hack Your Resume

September 9, 2014

Career Advice


How can a one-page report be so challenging? Creating a resume and selling your story is no easy task, especially if you already have a few obstacles to overcome. Here are a few hacks that will help you jump over those hurdles and put you on a straight path to a new position. (Just remember to be truthful along the way — these are hacks, not tall tales!)

Problem: You’re unemployed.
Solution: Start a business.
That’s right — you’re the president of You, Inc. Actually, don’t say you’re the president. Give yourself a dream title that encapsulates your skills and the position you hope to land in the future. Whether you’re doing freelance, consulting, or pro bono or volunteer work, list all of the projects here. Just because you’re not getting paid for it doesn’t mean you can’t take credit for it.

Problem: Something weird comes up when you Google your name.
Solution: Use your initials to your advantage.
If you happen to share a name with a criminal, a similar candidate, or a random person who’s already taken all of the “Google juice” for your name, try going by your initials. Instead of Katie Smith try K.L. Smith or Katherine L. Smith. Be consistent across your resume and LinkedIn profile. Hopefully your newly chosen professional title will generate some good Google mojo.

Problem: Your accomplishments don’t sound that great.
Solution: Show off some statistics that will help sell your skills.
Let’s say you’re consulting in the short term while you look for a new job. Set a small income goal or client goal for yourself — and then beat it. Now you can share an impressive percentage increase surrounding your financial goals or client goals. See how that works? There are many ways to put this in action. Just make sure you can explain your claims and back them up.

 

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