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Tips For How To Make Your Resume Reflect Your Personality

Recruiters are looking at hundreds of resumes every day.

How do you get them to look at yours and see that you’re the one for the job?

You’ve got to stand out from the crowd and show them your personality, as well as your skills.

If you can do it well, they will see you more as a well rounded person, rather than just a list of skills and experience.

Here’s how you can use your resume to really reflect what you’re like as a person.

Start off with a human voiced summary

Your resume will sum up your education and experience, but it can’t really sum you up as a person.

That’s why it’s important to add a human voiced summary at the beginning of your resume.

A human voiced summary is a quick greeting to the recruiter who’s reading, and lets them know what you’re all about.

You’ll use the ‘I’ voice to write it, so you’re personally reaching out to the reader.

It could read a little like this:

‘I’ve been working in IT for ten years now, and I’ve always loved what I do. I’m just as happy writing software as I am working with clients. I’ve been working in the same field for a few years now, and feel now is the time to find a new challenge.’

Tell stories

That doesn’t mean you need to make things up to go in your resume.

Rather, you need to rethink how you present your many skills and attributes.

HR manager Erika Simmons at EssayRoo says: ‘The people who talk about how they’ve used their skills have been more likely to get hired here. When writing your resume, tell the story of how your excellent people skills defused an incident at work. Show us what you can do, don’t just tell us.’

Perfect your grammar

The way you write in itself reflects on you as a person.

Think about the last post you saw on social media.

Was it misspelled, uninformed, or just plain wrong?

Then you’ll have made an opinion about the person who posted it.

The same goes for your resume.

If your grammar is less than stellar, it can show you to be someone who’s sloppy or doesn’t check the details, even if that’s not true.

Make sure you’re checking your grammar carefully as you write.

If you need a helping hand, use the grammar guides at Paper Fellows or Academized to get spot on grammar.

Limit the figures in your resume

Unless you’re in sales, keep the figures and numbers to a minimum in your resume.

Remember, you’re trying to tell a story in this document, and put across what you’re like as a person.

If you use too many numbers in your resume, you’ll just put the reader to sleep.

Instead, focus on the other benefits you’ve brought to your workplace.

Edit and proofread, always

This goes for anything you write, but you must always edit and proofread your resume.

Like checking your grammar, editing and proofreading shows you have an eye for detail, and that you’re the kind of person the recruiter wants in their team.

Again, if you’re finding it hard, use tools available to you.

Online tools like Easy Word Count will help you get the most out of your writing.

Writing services such as Boom Essays, Resumention, and UK Writings, can edit your resume for you.

Mention your hobbies

Many people think they can’t mention their hobbies in their resume, as it’s not relevant to the job.

However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The recruiter isn’t just looking for someone with the right skills, they’re looking for someone who can fit in with the existing team.

The trick is to mention unique, relatable hobbies that could reflect well on your personality. If you’re going for a customer service job, for example, and you’re the president of your local book club, mention it.

It shows that you’re already willing to get involved and work with others, as you do it in your personal life already.

Put these tips to good use, and you can show the recruiter you’re more than what’s on paper.

Show them you’re a real, well rounded person.

RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in the world. You can write for us.

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Get Your Side Hustle On With These 7 Ideas

Millions of strapped-for-cash millennials are putting their entrepreneurial spirits to good use with the good-old-fashion side hustle.

The sky is the limit when it comes to making money outside of the traditional day job. It’s a good thing too, because collectively Gen Y is facing $1 trillion in student loan debt, according to Entrepreneur.

There’s no illusion that one is going to make a million dollars right out of college, but “don’t let your dreams be dreams.”

Turn a passion into a pursuit for extra cash, pay down student loans, invest in the market, or start a savings account.

Currently, 35 percent of millennials are involved in some type of side business.

So, what are people doing for supplemental income?

Many things, some of which are pretty creative.

Online freelancing

Writing is my favorite gig because it’s fun, flexible, and a great creative outlet.

Proficient writers who are equally good at hustling their work can make $10,000 a month.

For those making that much, though, freelancing is probably their full-time job.

Even if you don’t make a ton of money, freelance blogging on the side can lead to bigger and better opportunities if you’re producing quality work.

The extra cash sure comes in handy, no matter where you are at in life.

“It can be worked into any college student’s schedule and can be a great side income for everyone looking to accelerate student loan pay-off,” writes Alexa Mason, who now earns more than $5,500 a month in freelancing.

Mobile gaming

Turning a childhood passion for computer games into a career may start out as a side hustle.

Dong Nguyen, who created the mobile game Flappy Bird in three days, probably didn’t think he would get rich, but he did.

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Granted, he began coding his own video games at age 16 after being inspired by Super Mario Bros.

In 2014, Nguyen said his simple game was earning around $50,000 a day in revenue through its in-gaming advertising.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can learn a great deal from the successes of people who’ve gone before them.

A prime example is Niantic, Inc. CEO John Hanke, who created 2016’s hottest trend: Pokémon Go.

“A TRS-80 was the math computer in our school when I was in probably the seventh grade,” Hanke said in an interview. “I was hanging around watching older guys and they were playing the original Star Trek game with ASCII graphics. I ended up spending hours and hours in the computer room doing that. A couple years later, I saved up my money mowing lawns and bought an Atari 400 with $500 and a tape recorder to save all my programs.”

Sell Products

Everywhere you look on Facebook, someone is trying to sell something to you.

To make money, you need to sell the products to your friends and family.

These multi-level marketing companies come in the form of Avon, Amway, Scentsy, Rodan+Fields, and doTerra.

People know these high-profile brands, and buy the products.

Multi level marketing (aka pyramid selling) is not a new concept, is completely legal, and is a big-dollar industry.

“Amway’s global sales in each of the past few years have exceeded $8.8 billion,” according to the company’s blog. “Since 1959, Amway has paid out nearly $60 billion in bonuses and incentives to its distributors worldwide – more than any other direct sales company in history.”

Not a path for everyone and not without controversy, the move in recent years to encourage millennials to try their hand at “salesmanship” by selling products has gotten many pushing products on the side.

Tutor children

Are you a music or math wiz? Pass your passion on to kids who could use your help. Tutoring is a legit side hustle – one you can feel good about. Teachers will often tutor on the side after school or during lunch to make extra cash. There’s also online tutoring available via Skype, for example.

Another advantage of tutoring is the ability to set your own rates. Some people make anywhere from $25-$90 an hour, depending on skill level and what the market will bear.

Pet sit

Die-hard dog owners love their dogs more than life itself, so the thought of leaving their beloved pet for a few nights in a cold kennel by himself is truly heart breaking.

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People would rather hire ‘temporary pet parents,’ or pet sitters, as an alternative to boarding their animal.

After a rather unpleasant and expensive kennel experience, Aaron Hirschhorn found the pet sitting niche to be rather lucrative.

He decided to start his own company after boarding his dogs in a kennel on the West Coast while he traveled to the East Coast.

It cost him $1,400, and one of his dogs was hiding under the desk for two days afterwards.

He rounded up a hundred pet sitters for beta testing, started his own website called DogVacay and convinced investors this was a business worth funding.

Today, the company has collected more than $22 million in venture capital and spans 10,000 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Uber – Lyft – Juno

The ride sharing economy has boomed over the past several years.

The crazy thing is it’s not just a simple side hustle of driving people around anymore, either.

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There’s a side hustle within the side hustle.

There are people selling tomatoes out the back of their Uber cars, others passing out “life coach” business cards as their passenger gets out, and there’s even a guy trying to rope his passengers into a life insurance pyramid scheme, you name it.

One of the most famous stories is of the guy who came up with rideshare karaoke. Jonathan Guarano bought a camera and a GorillaPod, attached the setup to the dashboard of his silver 2014 Nissan Versa, and asked his passengers to sing along to the music.

The video of him and his passengers singing to the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” went viral with over 4.7 million views.

Etsy

Etsy is transforming itself from a niche craftseller website into a launching pad for at-home entrepreneurs with the creation of Etsy Studio, which is a marketplace dedicated to selling craft supplies and DIY tutorials.

Etsy is simultaneously adding a new service called Shop Manager to improve the seller experience.

Etsy that up, yo. Photo Credit: Toms Baugis/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

“It’s the company’s largest expansion ever,” according to Fast Company. “And while Etsy is still dwarfed by the likes of eBay and Amazon Marketplace, the Dumbo, Brooklyn-based company attracts a loyal following of 1.7 million active sellers who reaped $2.3 billion in sales in 2015.”

As you can imagine, all of the above side hustles take hard work and perseverance. The money is there for the taking if you want to invest your time and energy…or you can always put off paying back those student loans for another 20 years.

RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in the world. You can write for us.

What Is Social Media Strategy Anyway?

A social media strategy is specifying and sorting out the steps necessary for executing a sustainable, well-defined business goal using social media as the vehicle.

In other words, it’s an outline of all the things you want to accomplish using social media and how you’re going to do it.

It should be treated as any other business plan or proposal, with excellent attention to detail, because it will be a major part of your company’s future.

The everyday use of mobile has changed how we experience an individual or organization for the first time.

The Internet is now how we decide which movie we’re going to see or which restaurant we’re going to eat at.

Our decision-making process is now a collective one, where we review what others feel or think about a product, service, or brand before we act.

We look through Yelp reviews, watch YouTube videos and read blogs.

A savvy social media campaign can shift how an organization or person is viewed by the public and can be the method used to establish a brand, which is why it is so important to lay the groundwork in a way that is not only impeccable but measurable too.

When developing your strategy, organize it in a way that not only makes sense to you, but also gives you a method of measuring your success (or the lack thereof).

You want to know what worked, what didn’t, and why something did or didn’t work so that you can alter your tactics or repeat them. So when organizing your thoughts, place them in categories of goals and metrics.

A social media strategy has three main parts: Business Goal, Business Metric, and Social Media Metric.

A Business Goal is defined as the desired business result that is to be attained.

All social media strategies must start with a well-defined business goal, and it can be as simple launching your business and introducing it to the public.

A Business Metric is defined as a measurable effect, produced by the social media campaign, which can be related back to the actual business.

A Social Media Metric is defined as a measurement, either by social media site analytics or a tangible item such as a discount coupon, which has traceability to measurable social media campaign conversions.

RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in the world. You can write for us.

Cover Photo Credit: Thomas Leuthard/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

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