Glassdoor just released its annual report of the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018. Data scientist and DevOps engineer took the top two spots. But if you don't have the degree or experience for either of these, fear not! There are plenty of others you can choose from. And if you want to increase the odds of getting one of these coveted roles, there is one skill you should market about yourself the most.

Fact: 20 jobs out of the top 50 jobs have "manager" in the title.

Almost half the jobs listed by Glassdoor require you to manage. Regardless of the work, all of these jobs need you to be good at collaborating with others and getting them to do what you need them to do. The more experience you have at taking charge and leading, the more likely your chances of getting one of these top jobs. So, what can you do to stand out and show hiring managers you've got the management skills they need? Here are three tips that can help you:

1. Keyword optimize your LinkedIn headline.

The headline of your profile is important real estate. When recruiters search for candidates on LinkedIn, they put in key skill sets. The algorithm then returns the top matches for the criteria they asked for. If the skill set is in the headline, you are considered a better match and can rank higher in the search results, increasing the chances you get contacted for their role.

2. De-clutter your resume's top-fold.

Studies show recruiters prefer to skim resumes, spending only about six seconds checking you out before deciding if they should read more. The top-fold of your resume is what gets looked at first. So, you need to format it in a way that makes it easy to read and absorb your specialty. Long-winded paragraphs about your experience don't work. Instead, creating a clean list of key skill sets and formatting them with lots of white space is what draws the eye in and gets the reader convinced you have the experience to be considered.

3. Write a disruptive cover letter that proves you know how to manage.

Ninety-nine percent of cover letters are boring. That's because they read like every other cover letter. It's time to break out of the box and write something original. When you tell a firsthand story about how you've come to understand the importance of managing properly, you'll have the reader at "hello" and dramatically increase the chances of getting an interview.

Using the techniques above, you can create a consistent message across all your vital job search documents to ensure employers understand you have the management experience needed to do the job right and well.

Published on: Jan 26, 2018