|Don't be shy |
on your resume!
As a shy or introverted job seeker, it’s likely you have strong writing and organizational skills, so your job search material probably is going to be better than average.
That said, here are a few quick but critical tips to keep in mind when writing your resume and cover letter:
- Quantify your accomplishments and skills. Use numbers and percentages when you can.
- Include information that shows you are problem solver who takes ownership of his or her work.
- Do more than one version of your resume. Don’t make employers guess how your skills fit their needs. Take the time to tailor your resume to each job opening and target job.
- Include key words from job ads to help automated systems find you.
- Keep your resume current. Volunteer, take classes, freelance, consult, find part-time work, blog, learn social media, and do anything else you can to enhance your job skills.
- Don’t lie but don’t be shy. Tell the truth on your resume, but now is not the time to underplay your accomplishments and skills.
- Avoid listing references on your resume. Instead, add a brief endorsements section to your resume. These endorsements can be quotes from people who love your work, such as comments that others have published about you on LinkedIn or quotes from past job reviews.
- Proofread your job search correspondence. Don’t rely on spell-check. Ask a detail-oriented friend to proofread your resume as well.
- Be as concise as possible. I think it’s OK to have a two-page resume, but make sure it’s easy to read. I’d avoid more than two pages because hiring managers have very little time.
- In cover letters, be sure to go beyond “my resume is enclosed.” Summarize how your key skills fit the employer’s needs to catch attention.
- Include an action-oriented ending in your cover letters by saying how and when you will follow up.