As part of our mission to set land professionals up for success, we host a monthly webinar series as part of our professional development coaching efforts. Below is a recap of last month’s webinar, which focused on helping job candidates showcase their experience with helpful resume tips and tricks.
During the webinar, we covered:
- The importance of resumes for the Part & Parcel portal
- Tips for updating your Part & Parcel profile
- The importance of consistency when updating resumes and/or your profile
The all-in-one aspect of Part & Parcel is meant to provide value (and foster long-lasting connections) for both candidates and the companies looking to hire them. In doing this, we hope to transform the traditional application process from old school resumes to a fully transparent online ecosystem that levels the playing field and benefits all parties. That said, we don’t see resumes becoming obsolete quite yet. We don’t expect our platform to completely replace the resources needed to find opportunities on other websites. And if you’re ever looking for a career outside of the land profession, you’re definitely going to need a (consistently updated resume).
Ultimately, we want to help our users advance personally and professionally. Therefore, until the recruitment process does away with traditional resumes completely, we want to help land professionals optimize and improve that information as well as transfer that information to their Part & Parcel profile.
The purpose of a resume is to communicate one’s experience, skills, and training. But if we’re honest, there’s only so much that can be quantified or qualified when reviewing a resume. Recruiters and HR professionals want to get the most impactful information about a candidate as efficiently as possible. This is why we believe our platform profiles provide amazing value for land professionals and hiring companies alike.
Our unique platform helps showcase candidates’ experience for hiring companies to see. We also believe that as our brand grows, so will the value and visibility of candidates grow as well. In creating a recruitment marketplace for land professionals (by land professionals), we believe we’ll attract the exact type of job opportunities that land pro candidates desire. That said, the resume isn’t being eliminated from this process… it’s being put to work! As such, it’s critical that you keep your resume updated.
Below are some tips for keeping your Part & Parcel profile (and resume!) updated and primed for opportunities:
1. Keep your audience in mind
Remember that you’re going after opportunities in the land profession, so the information in your profile needs to resonate with that audience.
2. Use keywords to maximize your profile’s discoverability
Recruiters and hiring managers are busy people –– they just want to find the right candidate(s), quickly. Relevant keywords in your profile captures their attention and increases your chances for an opportunity.
3. Review your profile for accuracy
According to HireRight, 85% of job applicants “lie” on their resume or application. However, not every untruth is on purpose: many errors are due to the applicant being fuzzy on details related to job tenure, etc. Using resources like WorkSource as well as your social security information can help confirm the accuracy of your employment dates, for example.
Being consistent in terms of the use of industry-specific words and abbreviations is key for your resume and portal profile. If these keywords are something that hiring managers are going to be looking for, ensure that they’re uniform to avoid throwing them off. As they say, when it comes to making a good impression, it’s the little things that matter.
Also, be consistent with your formatting. Since your profile is skill-based, it would be a good idea to format your resume in the same way. Functional resumes are much easier to understand and capture important information than traditional chronological resumes.
Lastly, the design and layout of your Part & Parcel profile are top quality and designed with user experience in mind. You want your resume to match that same quality right down to the font you use (we recommend, a serif-type font). And of course, proofread your profile and resume for spelling and grammatical errors. For that, use a tool like Grammarly to check spelling and grammar for anything online or transfer the copy in your profile to a Word doc and run spell check. We don’t always catch our own mistakes, so consider having a separate set of eyes look over your resume and profile as well.
Put these resume tips and tricks into action by becoming a member today and setting up your profile. We understand that updating your resume can be a chore, but it’s important to do it consistently if you want to maximize your chances of landing your dream job.
We regularly host personal and professional development webinars for our members. Sign up now to join us for our next webinar on February 16, 2022.