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What 10 sections recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in a Real Estate resume
1. Your bio
With just a few short words under your name you can set the tone for your entire resume. This is where you define yourself and your goal before the person reading you resume gets to any other information about you. This way, you put a sense of who you are in their mind right from the start. The result is a more effective overall resume.
2. Your strengths
This section begins with the job description. What strengths are they looking for in a candidate? Once you have a list, put them in your strengths section (just don’t lie, that’s not going to be good for you in the long run). Listing them here helps you get past Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). But for an even more effective resume, be sure you back up your strengths in this section or elsewhere in your resume. It’s easy to say that you’re good at something, it’s better to show it.
3. Your experience
This is going to make up the bulk of most real estate resumes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a bigger impact by doing things a little differently. Start by structuring you experience section the right way. Then, like with the strengths section, consider the job description and how you can frame your experience to show you’re perfect for the job. Cut out unimportant details and describe your experience with specific details and numbers where possible.
4. What makes you unique
There are plenty of ways to show who you are as a person, but it’s important to use at least one. After all, companies don’t hire a resume, they hire a person. So consider what method will be most effective for the specific company you’re applying to. How formal or informal are they? What kind of company culture do they have? Connecting personal elements of your real estate resume to the company is the best way to maximize their effectiveness.
5. Your languages
You may not work in a multilingual environment, (though there’s a good chance you’ll encounter clients who are non-native English speakers) but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth mentioning languages you speak on your resume. In fact, it will increase the likelihood you’ll get hired. This is another example of how you can show you possess the skills and traits employers are looking for in unconventional ways.
6. What you’re most proud of
If there’s something a job description is asking for that you can’t demonstrate in the typical resume sections, this is the best place to show what you can do and who you are. Obviously you can mention a real estate related accomplishment here, but you can also demonstrate that you have a relevant skill. Need to show perseverance? Mention overcoming an obstacle. Need to show that you’re self motivated? Talk about some project you started.
7. Your philosophy
What’s at the core of how you approach real estate? Is there a single principle which guides how you approach your work? This is the place to include it. This can be extremely effective because a short sentence or two can speak volumes. But it’s also an excellent place to make it clear you share the same values as the company you’re applying to.
8. A summary section
Rather than relying on a bio and philosophy section to get across who you are and what you believe, a summary section also works. Here, you can take a bit more time to really give some personal background which explains why you’re ideal for the role you’re applying for.
9. Your contact information
The same people who think this is a straightforward resume section are the ones who get it wrong. An unprofessional email, not listing the right way for a recruiter to get in touch with you, or even a typo here can be a quick way to get your resume thrown into the rejection pile. So take the time to get it right.
10. Your education
While not everyone working in real estate has a formal education background connected to it, this can be a great place to include certifications as well. Again, focus on including education (and details about your education in bullets) that relates to the job you’re applying for. Just remember, most recruiters won’t be very interested in your education (particularly years after you’ve graduated).
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Real Estate role you want
In most cases, the most effective thing you can do to improve your chances of getting hired is to get referred to a position. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to everyone else who make it to an interview just 2% of the time. Needless to say, investing in the kind of personal connections and networks you need to get such a referral is invaluable.
So before you start applying, be sure to check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.