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Writing a Resume for Leasing

How to Write a Resume to Land a Leasing Job 

           

With the competition for apartment jobs so high in Austin, perfecting your resume is crucial. As properties and recruiters sift through a large volume of apartment job resumes, yours has to catch their eye at first glance. Whether you do or do not have direct leasing experience, here’s how to craft your resume to land a leasing position:

 

If you do have leasing experience:

Any amount of leasing experience will set you apart from the pack of applicants. As general rule of resume writing, you should list your most relevant and recent work first. No matter how small your leasing experience it should appear on your resume. Below any leasing jobs you have held you should detail what you did during that position. Your resume’s reader will be scanning for the most pertinent information, so make sure to keep your words relevant and concise. The clearer you can communicate your qualifications for the job, the higher your chances of getting hired.

Because Austin apartment jobs are in such high demand, a leasing resume must go the extra mile in order to stand out. Beyond listing your experience, the resume itself should be well organized and appealing to the eye. Additionally, the current job market requires an open mind, perhaps seeking opportunities at properties you haven’t considered before. A recruiting agency can also help in the job application process, making sure that your resume is looked at and an interview is set up.

 

If you do not have leasing experience:

If you are seeking leasing jobs but have no direct experience, do not fear! There are still opportunities to land Austin apartment jobs if you’ve got the right resume.

First, your resume should highlight any and all transferrable skills. Sales, customer service, and any other position that was in a dynamic, fast-pasted or customer-oriented environment are favorable. Success at previous positions that require skills similar to those in leasing will be a good indicator to your resume’s reader that you will excel in the apartment industry.

Austin apartment jobs are competitive however; and transferrable skills are rarely enough to get a job on a property. Another step you can take—and then include on your resume—is to undergo leasing training. For example, at Hire Priority we offer a Leasing 101 course that equips you with all leasing information an employer would want you to know.

 

No matter if you are a seasoned leasing professional or looking to break into the industry, these tips will take your resume from the bottom of the pile to the top.

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3 Keys to a Stronger Resume

 

How to Write a Resume That Shows Your Strengths 

 

As an accumulation of your professional experience, your resume deserves to be thoughtfully put together in the most meaningful way possible. Whether you already have a go-to resume or are in the process of writing one, these 3 keys will make your resume stronger than ever:

1. Put the Most Important Information First

Because you reader’s eyes will naturally move from top to bottom of the page, start with your most eye-catching information. For example, if you are a recent grad you may want to showcase your education at the top of your resume. Moving down the page you should continue to highlight the experience that most qualifies you for a job. When applying for an apartment job this could encompass properties you have worked at recently, or if you have worked in a related field. Though time consuming, this may mean altering your resume to make it as relevant as possible for each position you apply for. Keep a description of the job you are applying for on hand, and make sure you demonstrate you qualifications as you craft your resume.

2. Show Don’t Tell

As you detail your work experience in your resume, seek ways to go beyond simply stating your responsibilities. Instead of writing that you “leased successfully” at your last apartment job, include that you “tripled your closing ratio.” Assigning numbers to your achievements or demonstrating how you benefited your previous employer communicates that you are a good candidate infinitely more than simply listing tasks.

 3. Giver Your Resume a Facelift

Looks are important when it comes to your resume—a resume that appears jumbled at first glance could leave a bad first impression, no matter how qualified you are for a position. Streamline your resume in such a way that it is obvious how a reader is meant to interpret it, maintaining consistent formatting and avoiding long-winded paragraphs. Don’t get too overzealous on designing your resume though; adding different fonts, colors, or graphics can also detract from coming across as profession. Most jobs, especially apartment jobs, require candidates to be highly organized, and what better way to communicate this than by the first look at your resume.

Next time you get stuck writing your resume, or if you are currently in the process of doing so, stick to these 3 keys to get your resume noticed. Standing out in a job search is difficult to do, and these tips will ensure your resume sets you up for success.

 

 

 

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What Not to Include in Your Resume

What Not to Include in Your Resume 

You only get one chance to make a good first impression with a potential employer—and resumes are usually the first point of contact. While a good resume could go a long way towards getting a job, including the following things can land your application straight in the reject pile:

1.    Personal information or characteristics

While including your contact information on your resume is a necessity, any more information than that and you are breaching on unprofessional. Mentioning height, weight, race, or other more personal identifiers will raise a red flag in employer’s eyes. The reader of your resume expects to find standard, work-related information in your resume to determine if you are a good fit—any more beyond your address, phone number, and e-mail address, and you will hurt your chances of getting the job.

2.    Photographs

A majority of jobs, including apartment jobs, do not require a photograph in a job application. Unless an employer states outright that candidates submit a picture, including one will reflect poorly on your professionalism.

3.    Contact Information for References

Because you will also submit a reference form during the job application process, including the contact information of previous employers or companies is unnecessary. If you do list how to contact references it will likely crowd your resume and distract your reader.

4.    Elementary & High School Experience

Unless you are applying for a position while in your early years of college, any prior experience should be nixed from your resume. Awards, honors, and high-scores in high school—while they are all valuable achievements—are not highly relevant to a potential employer. You should include more recent accomplishments to demonstrate that you have continued to grow professionally and will add to the success of their company.

5.    An Objective Statement

Objective statements are a more dated practice, and generally do more harm than good. The focus of your resume should be how you can benefit your future employer—not what they can do for you. If you do feel the need to express a statement similar to your overall career ‘objective,’ this can be done in an interview.

Competition is steep when it comes to resumes—especially when applying for apartment jobs—and cutting these things from your resume will both give you a leg up on the competition as well as impress your future employer.

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What to Do before Your Job Search

3 Things to Do before You Begin Your Job Search 

While you may be eager to jump straight into the job search process, there are several key things that you can do before you begin searching that will pay off later. The more time you spend preparing for your job search the more effective—and less stressful—it will be once you’ve started.

1. Get Organized
Taking the time to get organized before your job search may feel like you are slowing down your progress; however, successful organization will save you headaches later. Create a strategy for your job hunt, including everything from networking to interviewing. One of the best ways to save precious time during your job search is to write down a list of positions you are going to target. In the apartment industry you can set goals for which positions you are going to apply for as well as brainstorm which properties you are going to apply at. If your search ends up deviating from your original goals it is not always a bad thing; but having initial organization to build on is crucial.

2. Re-vamp Your Resume
Perhaps your resume hasn’t been touched in years, or perhaps you’ve re-worked it last month—either way you should re-vamp it before you begin your next job search. Rather than immediately sending your resume off to potential employers, craft it to include an updated scope of your relevant skills. Keep in mind that even if you are applying for a job in a field you haven’t worked in before, you may still have skills that qualify you. For example, apartment jobs require a variety of skills, such as the ability to communicate well and problem solve, which could be gained outside the apartment industry.

3. Makeover Your LinkedIn
Your LinkedIn profile can function as an online resume, so it is important that it is complete and accurate. Many employers today will check-up on candidates via LinkedIn, and you can use the platform to further convince them that you are a worthy hire. Your profile should clearly communicate what you are about. For example, if you are applying for apartment jobs you may want to emphasize skills and experience that demonstrate you are a top candidate in the industry. Consistent information, a professional picture, and a compelling overall progression should all define your LinkedIn presence.

Whether you are about to start a job search or know that you will be setting off on one in the near future, these three steps will set you up for success. Rather than viewing them as hurdles to beginning the real work of applying for positions, they are necessary to ending up in the job that’s right for you.

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Streamline Your Resume

 

Less is More: How to Streamline Your Resume

You resume must facilitate a ‘love at first sight’ scenario: as soon a hiring manager reads it they have to be hooked. This means that it has to be easy read and understand at a quick glance—and the best way to do this? Streamline your resume in a few simple steps:

1. Put relevant information first

The natural progression of your reader’s eyes will be from top to bottom of the page. Therefore, the most pertinent information should come first. Start with your education if you are a recent grad; and if not then the most recent, relevant work experience.

2. Remove irrelevant experience

Again, each piece of information listed should serve the purpose of convincing its reader that you are the perfect fit for the job. Rather than painting a comprehensive picture of every achievement you have ever made, stick to what would be viewed as professional successes by your future employer.

3. Take out extra words

One or two pages is not long—often it is barely sufficient to list everything we would like to on our resumes—so you have to make the most of each word on the page. Don’t fill your resume with filler or ‘fluff’ words to make it sound better; the opposite is usually how it will end up reading. Additionally, try to stick to writing in the first person and active voice wherever possible.

4. Make sure your resume is visually appealing

If a resume is cluttered and difficult for your potential employer to read it is likely to be more distracting than captivating. Each effort to streamlining your resume is one more step toward keeping it out of the recycle bin, and this is one of the most noticeable steps. Make your resume eye-catching for the right reasons by placing your header at the top, dividing it up into clearly marked categories, and presenting information in a clear-cut fashion.

5. Have multiple resumes

Lastly, because each job you apply for will have different qualifications, having multiple resumes that cater to aspects of various jobs is beneficial. More than one resume will also help in the streamlining process because you will not feel pressured to fit all your information into one document—you can cut each resume down to only the most essential items for each job.

 

Your resume should present your best, most professional achievements; however, if it does not do this in a way that is visually appealing, easy to read, and straightforward it may take away from your eligibility as a candidate. No matter if you are applying for an entry-level or top-level position, streamlining your resume is crucial to getting hired. 

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