In today’s competitive job market you can’t afford to skimp on any part of the preparation process.
Resume building is a big step in the process and could make or break your ability to get an interview.
Your resume is an employer’s first glimpse of you and your work experience so you want to make sure it is eye-catching and relevant. Here are a few tips for crafting a job-catching resume:
Include a Summary
Your summary should sit at the top of your resume and draw immediate attention. It should include a snapshot of your skills and work experience as well as your career goals. Depending on a company’s culture, you might also include a small detail or two about your personal interests. This strategy gives you a little bit of personality in a world where cultural fit is huge.
Focus on Keywords
Unfortunately, a lot of companies use an automated resume reading system in the first rounds of resume review. Most of the systems are setup to search for certain keywords and if your resume doesn’t contain them, it will get tossed. This can be frustrating for someone with a wealth of knowledge and experience, but it is a reality. You’ll want to carefully scan the job description and use some of the same language listed to outline your own experiences. This will increase your chances of getting a second look!
Keep it Relevant
If you’ve been in the working world for a while, it may be tempting to include every last bit of experience on your resume. After all, you want to convey the scope of your skill set and make sure your future employer knows just how much value you can add. However, most career coaches advise against this strategy. Instead, include only information that is relevant and transitional. For example, if you’re applying for a management position try to focus on projects and experiences where you’ve demonstrated leadership skills or led a team through a big project.
Quantify Your Experience
Employers want to know what you can do, but they’re also interested in how well you can do it. After all, past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. A great way to highlight your ability to do the job is through the use of numbers. For example, if you’re a great event planner you should include in your resume the types of events you’ve planned as well as how many people attended. If you have great management skills, talk about how many people you manage, the dollar amount of your budget, or how you’ve grown the department or increased revenue. Either way numbers talk, and you’ll want to display them on your resume if you want the job.
These are just a few of the many ways to spruce up your resume and catch the attention of your next employer. Your resume doesn’t have to tell your entire story, but it should clearly and effectively highlight your biggest accomplishments. It should pique the interest of the employer market and intrigue them enough to want to chat with you further.
- Dirk Spencer
- Publisher: GTO Publishing
- Edition no. 1 (10/01/2015)
- Nikki Ryberg
- Ryberg Group, LLC
- Kindle Edition
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