Resumes & Workplace Safety
A great starting point for writing a resume is to think about who you are and what is important to you. Believe it or not, this information will be inherently reflected in the document you craft through word choices describing your work, volunteer experiences, academic studies and other areas that illustrate who you are. It answers the questions: what are my values and how should I use them in the future?
As you apply for opportunities, it is also important to understand that there can be inherent biases in the hiring process, and they can be a source of discrimination in the workplace. For example, recruiters may “rate” resumes or use a “similar to me” bias when identifying candidates using names, ethnicity or gender. While not a common practice, it can occur. Many employers have addressed this issue by employing ‘blind processes’ for reviewing applications; this strategy reduces bias within the selection processes and aids firms in recruiting top, diverse talent.
Understanding Bias and Customizing your Resume
Before submitting your resume for a potential job, make sure you have customized it to ensure you are putting your best foot forward. The process of customizing your resume includes adding content that may be more relevant to the employer and consider omitting content that could be less appealing. By reading the employer’s mission statement and knowing the company values will help you understand who the employer is and what they represent. From here you will be better equipped to customize your resume accordingly while remaining authentic.
How to Do This
First, read through the job or internship posting carefully. Then do some research on the organization or company. Take a look at their website; what does their mission statement say? Do those values align with yours? If they do, great! But you should continue reading and dive a little deeper. Google latest news feeds or check out social media postings, and whenever possible talk with people who currently work there or have worked there to get an insiders perspective.
After you have learned more about the company, ask yourself if this is an employer you would like to work for? If your values are not in alignment with the employer’s mission, don’t be afraid to listen to yourself. If your inner voice or “your gut” is telling you something, be sure to listen to it. Too often, we try to justify not listening to ourselves and end up wishing we had.