How to Supercharge Your Resume in 3 Steps
Published on October 8, 2014 by arothstein
Is your resume ready to be showcased in the competitive job market?
Like a Great Dane strutting down the runway at a dog show, your resume will be sized up, critiqued and rated on everything from education to layout.
In other words, this is not the time to cut corners when it could mean the difference between landing an exciting, fulfilling job that you’re passionate about, and settling for a paycheck doing something you don’t like.
Here are three ways to supercharge your resume.
1. Use relevant keywords.
Employers are not impressed by resumes that look like they could be used to apply for any job in any industry. It smacks of laziness on the part of the candidate and doesn’t answer the question of whether or not you can do their specific job.
Words like “dependable” and “organized” are nice, but just like the word “nice,” they’re generic and boring. While a few generic terms are fine, try to customize your resume with specific keywords related to the job you want.
For example, if you’re applying for an office assistant position, include keywords in your resume that mirror those used on the job posting, such as telephone skills, typing ability, attention to detail, scheduling and customer service.
2. Beautify your format.
Even if you’re more qualified than every other applicant, if you don’t give some love to your format, your resume might fall to the bottom of the pile.
People want to be guided along the journey of your resume via snack-sized paragraphs, bolded headings and bullet points where needed. They want a smooth ride as they peruse your experience and qualifications, not a rocky terrain of lengthy blocks of text, inadequate spacing and hard-to-read font styles.
Here is an example of a resume that is formatted well, including explanations of why it is a great resume.
3. Quantify your accomplishments.
If there were ever a time or place to advertise your skills, your resume (and the local karaoke bar) is it.
Your resume is no place to be modest when there are so many other people vying for the same position. Here are three ways to quantify your accomplishments according to Snelling.com:
- Amounts: Numbers give context. In your resume, quantify the number of tasks or assignments you have done, the number of people you’ve managed, the length of time you spent on each assignment, etc.
- Dollars: Show your value by adding dollar signs to your resume to show how much your work benefited your employer. Think in terms of increasing revenue or cutting expenses—both of which help profit margins.
- Percentages: If the dollar amount seems small, use percentages. Percentages are also useful as comparison points. For example, comparing your actual performance to stated goals or to peers’ performances.
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