How To Career Hack - Self Case Study Series #3
Just a quick note: I accidentally posted #3 as #2 in the series. This post is supposed to be the first in my How To Career Hack - Self Case Study Series. Apologies for that! If you would like to skip this one (updating your resume) you can find how to craft your personal story in How To Career Hack - Self Case Study Series #2.
Welcome back to my How To Career Hack - Self Case Study Series! In this series of blog posts I’ll be teaching you step by step how to career hack which includes crafting your personal story, updating your resume and Linkedin with keywords to get the right people looking at your resume and much more. I know certainly when I started out on this journey I had no idea what career hacking was but all along I was figuring out the best way to get myself out there while increasing my income.
Where to begin
I have a solid system of how I go about career hacking and how to be successful at it, I’m literally spilling all my secrets to you so follow closely and you’ll be sure to succeed.
The first place I begin, is “What do I want to do?”.
From there I would type in the jobs that I want in the location I want. So as an example, I’m going to search for UX Designer AND User Experience (since jobs can have multiple keywords). I did a ton of searching (don’t just pick 3 job postings, look at many jobs on many different platforms). This is your life and you want to make sure you are making the right decision for you.
So here’s three examples of job postings that I am interested from Linkedin Jobs, Career Builder and Google Jobs. I am highlighting the phrasing and keywords that are prevalent in majority of the listings.
After reviewing those you should make a list of keywords that are featured in each job posting. The ones I noticed are:
“From concept to completion”
How To Rewrite Your Resume
Once I have my key words, I like to keep that list right close by for the next step. When I rewrite my resume,I like to start with the job application for the job I currently have. Usually I paste that right into my resume (no shame) and that’s my starting point. So here’s my resume currently (I have renamed jobs titles and current location to protect my privacy).
If you do not have that anymore, try to write up a small blurb of what you do currently that also aligns with those key words that you identified.
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Now with those keywords from earlier start to rewrite your resume including those in a clear and concise way. You don’t want to write a book on yourself with a resume, a resume should be able to fit your summary, education, experience, awards (if having any) all within one 8.5 by 10 inch piece of paper. You can write something more formal for your cover letter later on… But I’ll explain that in a future post.
Here’s my resume before versus after:
Why You Should Have 2 Resumes
You should also have your resume in two formats. I like to call the two formats my “pretty and presentable resume” and my “searchable resume”. Why should you have two formats? Well the first format is what you would present in person, the colors, typography, the layout give the viewer a deeper sense of who you are. The other will make your life so much easier. When you post your resume anywhere online (Linkedin or the company’s application website itself) little search bots pick up the keywords on your resume. What makes them easier to pick up all your keywords in the right format is to have an easy to read format for those little bots, since they don’t really care that you have a really cool branding scheme.
So here are my “pretty" and my “searchable resumes”:
As you can see all that’s changing is the format. You should keep anything under the “resume category” consistent when you are applying to jobs. My next point explains it all…
Updating your resume and Linkedin together
Having your resume and Linkedin aligned is probably the most crucial thing you need to get right in career hacking. For several reasons but let me break it down a bit more:
You will apply to many jobs, having both of them the same (or similar) will prevent any confusion from employers or search engines that will be pulling information from those sources. There’s nothing more embarrassing then having an employer check your resume against your Linkedin and them not aligning. It can come off as either you’re (1) lazy or (2) lying about something.
I have applied to several jobs where they ask for both your resume and Linkedin profile.
I have found most of my jobs through linked in but then have been asked during interviews/preliminary interviews to provide my resume.
Your resume is essentially an expanded resume. I actually write all my points out on my Linkedin profile and the only copy over the most important points to my resume after.
So there you go, three solid points of things that I have experienced with resumes and Linkedin since I have graduated college. Make sure that your resume and Linkedin are up to date and the same (or similar).
Now what about customizing your resume for the job you want?
Now this might get confusing but stick with me here. Many people say that you should customize your resume to the job you want… And you should. What I am covering above is just to get your name out there, get the on the radar of the jobs you want and build trust and consistency. I will cover customizing your resume (or should I say job application) for the job you want in my next post.
What you need to do now that you updated your resume/Linkedin
You need to put on your adult, GSD (get sh*t done) pants and start putting these resumes on all the job websites using your “searchable” resume. That way you can start appearing in the searches recruiters do. By not putting your resume out into the world you are losing opportunties and most importantly time. So go out there and make this career hack your mission.
I hope you found this post helpful and leave me comment down below on your progress.