We all know that the resume is the first step to a successful job hunt. There are so many answers for how to construct a perfect resume that it can be easy to get caught up in the details. You may want to make sure that your existing skills appear transferable to a new type of employer. Or you may want to demonstrate your broad experience to be attractive to a number of potential businesses. Here are 4 simple tips to highlight your experience on your resume to engage the reviewer’s attention and make them want to pick up that phone.
- Use keywords from the job posting. Before you send a resume to a company review the job description and match up the language they use to your experience. Now spend a little time rewriting portions of your resume, especially your most recent experience, to reflect this language. The closer you get to the specific keywords they use to describe the job the more likely you will be considered a viable candidate.
- Focus on results. Many people spend a lot of time listing the duties and functions of each of their jobs. Instead, in order to stand out, focus on the results of your contributions. Be specific and provide as much data as possible to highlight your accomplishments. Did you save your company over $600,000 by implementing a small change? Were you able to enhance your company’s organizational processes by creating a new procedure that is now used throughout the office?
- Include volunteer experience. Companies are interested in hiring complete people with diverse backgrounds. They don’t want to talk to someone who spent 24 hours a day in the office. Show them your contributions to the community. Did you volunteer? Did you work through college to earn your degree? These things show that you are a complex and whole person and will pique their curiosity.
- Avoid over-used terminology. Many resume resources will encourage you to use action verbs and power words, but be cautious about the overuse of these phrases. Writing that you are a “team player” is almost meaningless in today’s job market. Be aware of corporate speak and try to find new ways to indicate your experience.