If you’re looking for a new or better work situation, these resume writing tips can fix your resume help shorten any upcoming job search.
It can all seem overwhelming.
However, there’s one aspect of your job search where you have control: the content and format of your resume.
Only your resume gives you total control over how you’re perceived by potential employers. And, it certainly doesn’t have to be a passive job listing with subjective information.
Instead, your resume should be a high-impact career marketing piece that takes full advantage of the paltry 10-60 seconds of attention most resumes receive.
When a resume is truly well-written, it can then become a source of excellent, trimmed-down content for your LinkedIn profile or Facebook page.
Surveys continue to tell us that up to 80% of all companies are using LinkedIn for recruiting new hires.
Yet even published authors and top executives have trouble writing a decent resume; they tell me, “my resume isn’t perfect, but I’ll explain myself in the interview”.
There’s the catch.
You may be the perfect candidate for a position and still not get the interview. The reason? Your resume.
Resumes are typically used to ‘weed out’ people from positions.
The bottom line?
Employers want to know…
What can you do for me?
How can you fill this job effectively?
Why should I talk to you over everyone else?
Here’s how to get them to call you, and not the other candidate:
1. Create a Profile/Skills Section to Leverage Your Resume’s Keywords
Your resume needs to give you that needed “edge.” And, you can accomplish this by outlining relevant information about your transferable skills and abilities in a Profile/Skill section – in the top section.
You don’t need to label this 2-3 inch deep section “Profile” or “Skills.” But, it’s comprised of 3-4 resume bullet points that highlight your essential skills and abilities relevant to the job you’re seeking.
It is not a re-hash of your job history or education.
Rather, it’s the value of your job history, education, volunteer or military experience – positioned right after your name and a basic TITLE related to the type of work you’re seeking.
Resume keywords used in a Profile/Skills section can be somewhat basic.
Example Bullet Points For Your Resume
Once you have outlined a few resume keywords, group similar words together and list your level of proficiency to outline sample resume content.
> Skilled in sales, marketing and new business development, including full responsibility for account acquisition and management.
> Proficient in total project management, from technical staff training to product design, development and roll out in major national markets.
> Comprehensive experience in finance, accounting and C-level audits, including strategic planning, team training, quality control and client relations.
The Profile/Skill section gives you total control over how you’re perceived by employers.
Without this section, you’re a victim of your work experience and education.
Resume Content You Should Avoid
Market your actual job talents … and, avoid the fluff!
Essentially, you need to steer clear of pointless, catch-all phrases such as “Self-motivated, hands-on professional with an excellent track record of…”
Let’s face it.
The first two items in this sentence could be said about almost anyone. As for your track record, let the employer decide if it’s excellent by reading about your abilities (on top) and your duties and accomplishments (under the Employment section).
Your Profile/Skill section must be based in solid, objective facts – derived from actual experience. If it’s subjective or contains ideas that can’t be verified through education, volunteer work or business experience, then don’t include it. Or, you’ll lose your credibility.
2. Give Your Resume a Title
Think of a title for the top of your resume.
This is typically a few words that tells the reader the type of position you’re pursuing. For example: SALES / MARKETING or ACCOUNTING / FINANCE, or something as simple as EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP.
Give the reader some idea of where you’re coming from. And, where you want to go without blocking yourself from consideration for other positions.
Here are a few additional resume titles to consider:
B2B Sales Director & Manager — Technical/Telecom Solutions
Account Manager — Negotiate & Build Profitable Relationships With Clients
Director of Commercial Design, Planning & Construction / VP of Facilities / Construction Services & Management
Facility Security Officer (FSO) Candidate — Certified on Possessing & Non-Possessing Facilities
3. How to Be Specific in Your Resume
All items in your resume must consistently verify, support and quantify what you’ve stated in your Profile section.
Describe how many people you supervised or trained. Then, explain the client types you work with, products demonstrated, computers utilized, and quantifiable results.
What are/were your achievements?
Give facts and figures like budget amounts, or how much you saved the company over how long, awards, recognition, and so on.
See how this example to learn how resume achievements can become transformed:
- Okay: Managed a team of software developers.
- Better: Managed 15 software developers and 3 team leads.
- Best: Managed 15 software developers and 3 team leads overseeing $1.3M worth of client projects.
Here are 3 final resume recommendations:
4. Research the company’s brochure, annual report and job advertisement, if any, and tailor your resume as much as possible to the position.
5. Avoid the ubiquitous “References Available upon Request” at the bottom of your resume. If employers really want references, they’ll ask you.
6. Consider “CONFIDENTIAL RESUME” at the top of your resume, and/or state this in your cover letter. Always respect the reader’s intelligence!
A resume that’s slightly more effective than another could get you a job faster.
Article Written By Steven Provenzano. Mr. Rovenzano is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Career Coach, and former Corporate Recruiter. He has authored 8 career books, including Top Secret Executive Resumes, Blue Collar Resumes, and Top Secret Resumes & Cover Letters. You can reach Steven @ https://Execareers.com.