In today’s highly competitive workforce, your professional resume is the lifeline of your job search. So what does this mean for you as a competitive job seeker? It means your resume has to quickly stand out from the rest. In this post, we will discuss 4 Tips To Writing An Effective Resume:
1) Do Your Research
Before developing your resume, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the role, responsibility and expectations of the position you’re interested in. Your resume isn’t simply about listing your skills and past job experiences, it’s also about aligning those skills and experiences with the roles and responsibilities of the job you want to go after. Researching the ins and outs of your position is critical to the resume writing process.
2) Pay Attention to Keywords
Keywords/phrases can be found in specific sections of the job listing, such as ‘qualifications,’ ‘roles‘ and/or ‘responsibilities.’ Find four to five keywords from the job posting you’re interested in; then sprinkle those same words throughout your resume. Online job boards and hiring managers often ping resumes that are filled with certain keywords.
3) Toot Your Own Horn
The selling point of your resume should be the relevant skills and accomplishments you’ve had in other positions. When writing the descriptions for the jobs you’ve held, focus on what you accomplished in each position rather than what you did. Your accomplishments should match the responsibilities and expectations of the new job you’re going after.
4) Keep It Short and Sweet
Unless otherwise specified, always keep your resume to a two to three page maximum (preferably two). Hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes per day and will quickly toss out a resume loaded with excess content. Get straight to the point and emphasize why your skills and experiences are the perfect match for the job you’re applying for.
Whether you’re looking for an entry level position, or you’re a seasoned professional going after executive level placement, developing an effective professional resume is a sure fire way to help get you in the door for an interview. Remember, it’s not only about your past experiences and skill set, but the way you present that material to hiring managers. Developing your professional resume can be a challenging task, so I hope these four tips were helpful for all the job seekers out there. Be sure to check in next week when we discuss some great tips on how to write an effective cover letter.
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