A new day has dawned, and it’s glorious.
Because today isn’t just like any other day. No, not at all. It doesn’t mark the occasion of another monotonous Monday or a typical Tuesday. And it isn’t just another mid-week milestone that has today feeling better than any other. For you see on this Wednesday... on October 4th, we celebrate National Taco Day.
And TACO-bout it we will!
Building the perfect, mouthwatering, just-have-to-have tortilla creation isn’t for the negligent—and neither is building the type of resume that makes you the just-have-to-have Candidate. But have no fear, we have the recipe for both! So, whether you’re layering the perfect taco or stacking your resume, use these tips to top the competition.
Step 1. The tortilla - AKA formatting
The tortilla (hard or soft shell preference need not apply here) is the foundation of what keeps your taco together; it’s the soul of the presentation and ensures what's filling it doesn't come off messy. Your resume’s formatting strives to achieve the same goal; its job is to hold the CV together.
The ATS recruiters use to find your resume prefers conformity over creativity, so trying to impress with fancy fonts, logos, pictures, symbols, tables and graphics will complicate the flavor and confuse the Applicant Tracking System. Keep it simple with no complex layouts.
Step 2. Seasoning the protein - AKA experience & skills
Whether you’re into beef, chicken, tofu, fish or the myriad of other tacolicious options, the fact remains that your protein, like your experience and skills, is what’s assuaging the appetite and what people are buying (the same still applies to veggie lovers too, by the way). It’s the “meat and potatoes” of your CV and should be listed in reverse chronological order to include:
- Company names
- Dates of employment (including the months against years)
- Quantifiable achievements
You wouldn’t just toss in any unseasoned ingredient into your taco, so you mustn’t simply list job descriptions on your resume. To really tempt, you must describe what you did during your employment and how you achieved the desired outcomes. Result-orientated resumes are what recruiters and hiring managers are concerned about. Don’t just include your technical skills in the summary of your resume; ensure they’re listed throughout the body as well.
Step 3. Adding the Cheese - AKA education
Your cheese choice also may vary, but it’s still a staple in your taco. Just like how education is a requirement for the role you're applying for. And no one wants to skimp out on the cheese, so you mustn’t leave your education off your CV.
Unless you’re a new grad, leave high school in the past and focus on the highest level of education completed. Include:
- Full name of the post-secondary institute
- Years attended
- Degree completed
- Any other professional designations related to the role or industry.
Step 4. Sprinkling the lettuce - AKA headline
Lettuce is that crisp piece of the culinary puzzle that draws our eyes before we even get a taste of its full rawliciousness. And that’s just what your resume headline should do. You must craft a headline with a crisp and succinct statement that outlines who you are and what you can offer. Wilted lettuce doesn’t get anyone excited, so keep your headline like your lettuce—fresh! That way recruiters and hiring managers are tempted to get to the “meat and potatoes” beneath.
Step 5. The toppers - AKA spelling and grammar
Taco toppers are like checking your spelling: a necessity. When you take the time to properly top your taco, this includes sprinkling finely chopped onions, tiny, diced tomatoes and other such delicious garnishes. And wielding that knife requires one to pay attention to detail, and attention to detail is a resume must. Check your document TWICE, and then share it with someone you trust for another once over.
Step 6. Salsa as the secret sauce - AKA your keywords
Salsa isn’t optional. Salsa is what separates tacos from other similarly wrapped yet tepid creations, and just like said salsa, keywords are essential to your resume. Keywords are the skills and qualifications used in the original job description that should be included in a resume, and they must be formatted to echo the original job description exactly. To an ATS, there’s a difference between “Microsoft Word,” “MS Word” and “Word.”
Step 7. Including sour cream - AKA contact details
The sour cream doesn’t need to overpower, it just has to be there. Just like if you want a recruiter or hiring manager to find your resume, you must include your full contact details (including your postal or zip code). They, too, have to be there. If you don’t, you won’t be found by the radial search engines used when looking for Candidates.
Now, another very important fact to mention is that rice has no business in a taco. Rice in your taco is like a photo on your resume. It just doesn't belong.
How will you be celebrating National Taco Day?