May 23, 2013
These days, with the availability of online tools, you can create resumes in varying formats. But whether you have a traditional or more creative resume, employers and recruiters still look at three fundamental areas: your accomplishments, the relevancy of your skills and experience, and your attention to detail.
Read on to learn how you can optimize your resume by applying the three resume best practices.
Focus on Accomplishments
Getting your resume selected from hundreds of other applicants’ is a challenge. But a simple way to do this is to convert a resume that lists the job description for each position held into a listing of your accomplishments while in each role. Instead of describing your responsibilities at each job, show what you specifically accomplished. For example, instead of “Sold advertising space and sponsorship opportunities to clients in the healthcare industry,” you should say “Sold $3 million in advertising space and sponsorship to 300 clients in the healthcare industry.”
Tailor Your Resume
Another way to stand out against other applicants is to specifically tailor your resume to the position you are applying for, and prove you have the expertise to be successful in that role. To do this, look closely at the job description in the listing and address the job’s requirements within your resume. Your resume should show how your accomplishments and duties at previous jobs relate to the position, and include in your skills section any technical abilities you have that the position requires. This extra step may take some time, but it will pay off long-term.
Finally, and it might sound obvious, but proofread your resume! It should not include any spelling or grammar mistakes, or a single typo. If an employer finds a mistake on your resume, they may think you didn’t care enough to proofread or lack attention to detail. And don’t just look your resume over once before sending it off. Read through it again after taking a break. Then send it to your friends, your parents, your mentors – anyone who can be a second set of eyes. They may catch something you didn’t notice, or identify an awkward sentence.
Your resume is usually the first interaction between you and a potential employer, so make it a good one. Following these resume tips will help your resume stand out among the rest of the competition and land you an interview at the job of your dreams!