If you take a few moments to search the internet for anything employment related, whether it be “work from home” or “job listings”, you will find an overwhelming amount of information. You will easily find advice ranging from tips on what to wear to what color your lipstick should be, including debates on whether you should wear any at all.
While I do not know all the answers to what will get you hired, I do know that sometimes a small thing can tip the scale in your favor. It could be something you may not ever really notice that will get you in the door to your new office, or a seat at your new cubicle. I learned this lesson for myself a long time ago.
Several years ago, I transitioned from being an elementary school teacher to working for a large, international corporation. I felt the all too familiar feelings of inadequacy, a feeling that I have since learned has a name: impostor syndrome.
My struggle with impostor syndrome eventually waned, although honestly, it never truly went away and even until this day, I still feel it often. One day, after starting the new job in corporate America, my feelings of being an impostor got the best of me and I marched into my immediate supervisor’s office and asked her a simple question: “Why did you pick me?”
My previous supervisor is a light-hearted and gently encouraging woman, and she responded, in a way that is completely characteristic of her personality, by saying: “I liked your resume; I liked how it looked.”
This bit of information blew me away. Even though intellectually I knew that how my resume looked mattered, I honestly didn’t think it matter that much. As a writer, I knew that my application documents should be well written and engaging. As a student of visual design, I knew that my resume should be laid out in an attractive and easy-to-read way. But, as a job seeker, I did not think it mattered that much. Turns out, I was wrong. I learned a valuable lesson that day.
The most beautiful and perfectly written resume won’t necessarily land you the new job of your dreams. Besides, after you submit resumes, you still must pass the interview, the background checks, the reference checks. But, when considering all of the things that you can control when you are out job seeking, remember that an attractive resume certainly can’t hurt. Your future supervisor might just think a little more highly of you because of how your resume looked.