The Better Show
Better Resumes & Cover Letters Pt.1
Ninety percent of all resumes end up in the "no" pile. The purpose of a great resume & cover letter is to keep you out of that "no" pile and open a door for you to meet with the hiring manager. On the first of this 2-episode series, we discuss how to craft an effective resume so that yours stands out from the crowd. In part two, we'll discuss the importance of writing an effective cover letter and also explain the value of developing your own personal brand strategy.
- 1:01 — Why it’s important to polish your resume even if you aren’t currently looking for a job.
- 6:00 — Thinking about your resume and cover letter as an advertisement for yourself.
- 8:58 — Why does a well-crafted resume matter.
- 10:41 — The benefit of including a portfolio as a compliment to your resume — even if you aren’t a designer
- 13:32 — How to infuse authenticity into your resume and professional profile and the positive impact it can have.
- 17:44 — Darren shares an experience from early in his career when he had the benefit of getting professional advice on how to create a strong resume to represent himself.
- 20:21 — What is the role of automation in screening resumes and how can you benefit from automated resume screening.
- 23:44 — Treating your resume as a living document.
- 24:50 — The basic parts of a good resume.
- 27:14 — The psychology of using numbers on your resume to maximize the impact of your resume on a hiring manager.
- 29:44 — How to structure your resume if you don’t have a lot of work experience yet.
- 33:45 — How to know what keywords to include on your resume to customize it for a particular job.
- 36:39 — Listing extracurricular activities on your resume as a way to infuse your values and personality into your resume.
- 43:18 — How to get experience in areas where you currently don’t have any.
- 49:27 — Where to find very good templates for writing a resume.