To grab an employer’s attention with your resume, you need it keep things short, quantify your accomplishments with numbers or percentages, and mirror the language or skills the company uses in its own job ad, says Jaime Klein, who launched her HR consulting firm in 2007.
Avoid self-sabotage by cleaning up your online presence before applying. Get rid of anything on your social media, professional pages, or other sites that could be seen as inappropriate or questionable.
Hoping to move up to a bigger role or your dream job within a company? Klein recommends stepping up and taking on assignments that reflect the job you want to be doing. Try filling in for someone who has the role you want but is out on parental leave, or joining a task force working on an assignment you aspire to do. “Play the role for the job you want to get,” Klein says.
To truly move up into a dream role, you’ll also need to network and connect with people already in those positions. Ask them how they go to where they are, learn about the requirements of their job, says Klein, and then create a five- or 10-year plan for how to get there.