Have you applied for dozens of job opportunities but haven’t received a call back? Maybe you make it to human resources but never to the next step. To stand out from other candidates you have to create a resume that is easy to read for the hiring manager who go through hundreds of resumes.
Imagine your resume as a web page that will only get a few seconds to make an impression. Make it easy for a hiring manager to keep reading it through. Below are three resume tips to boost your visibility.
At the end of this post I include my resume as a template free to use.
Enhance Your Objective
Create a unique objective. Avoid using a dull statement such as “to obtain a position as a network engineer”. That was made obvious by you applying for the position.
Boring: Skilled network engineer with 10 years experience.
Better: Top-performing, adaptable IT leader who provides secure, technical IT solutions that enhance customer satisfaction and drive business growth.
Boring: To obtain a position as a Network Engineer at Widget Inc.
Better: Highly motivated team player with experience in deploying, managing and troubleshooting networks, advocating security and working in a collaborative environment.
Make it Scannable
Make use of white space. No one likes reading long blocks of text. It’s difficult to go through. Think of it as like reading a website. Hiring managers go through hundreds of resumes and when coming across a resume that’s hard to read you’ve already set a negative outcome. Writing a scannable resume keeps the hiring manager holding on to your resume a little longer. The resume template I include below was built with readability in mind.
Just look for yourself:
Tailor Your Resume
So what? For each bullet point in your resume, put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes and ask yourself – “So what?” Monitored network devices.. So what? Configured VPN tunnels.. So what? Differentiate yourself from other candidates. Sell yourself and tell them why they should interview you. Add more relevant bullet points near the top of section for your previous employers and move less relevant but supporting technical skills below the main points.
Here are some examples:
Okay: Managing all network devices for the organization.
Stands out: Deployed network monitoring solution to monitor bandwidth, availability, usage and performance with critical alerts of breached thresholds.
Okay: Configure Cisco ASA firewalls.
Stands Out: Deployed Cisco ASA High Availability using ASA 5512-X in Active/Passive configuration.
Okay: Managed Cisco SMARTnet of all network devices.
Stands Out: Saved over $19k a year in SMARTnet recurring costs by right-sizing a core switch and negotiated equipment costs.
Okay: Deployed wireless LAN controllers.
Stands Out: Upgraded Cisco Wireless LAN Controller from 4404 to 2504 to begin phasing out older access points. Upgraded the controller and APs to the latest versions to support 802.11N.
Using bold text to highlight the important parts of the bullet point directs the hiring manger’s eyes to key points and the non-bold text supports the bold statement to answer the “so what?” question.
For more examples, download my free network engineer resume template. You will get my own resume format that I’ve found to be successful in getting through human resources and to the hiring manager’s desk.
Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your resume. It’s a good idea to maintain a consistent personal brand when an employer starts doing research on candidates.
Make your social media accounts private during your search. You wouldn’t want them to see something they shouldn’t or give them a reason to believe you wouldn’t be the right fit for the team.
Are you ready to start getting phone calls for an interview? Build a winning resume today and download the free resume template.