It is well-known that hiring managers spend less than a minute looking at an individual resume. Because of this, your resume needs to be well-organized and easy to read.
Here are some quick tips to make your resume stand out.
1. Begin with a summary of accomplishments.
Forget about starting with your objective or something similar. You need to grab the attention of the hiring manager quickly. The first thing they should see is a summary of your skills and accomplishments, similar to an elevator pitch.
2. Use keywords from the job description.
Review the job description and choose keywords that describe the skills and abilities the company is looking for and use those words when describing your skills.
3. Include a skills section.
In this is a section, focus on skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for. These days, companies are interested in soft skills and hard skills, so include both. You should also include examples of how you used the skills listed at previous jobs.
4. List accomplishments, not job duties.
Companies are interested in what you have accomplished, not what your daily routine is. Focus on your achievements and support them using facts and figures. Don’t bother listing jobs that are not relevant to the position you are applying for.
5. Style counts.
Avoid large blocks of print as they are difficult to read. Use short phrases and bullet points. Use active verbs and make sure there is enough white space. If there is some skill or accomplishment you want to emphasize, boldface it. Avoid flashy or unusual designs or colors. Proofread it carefully to make sure there are no grammar or spelling errors.
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