By Kristin Petronio How to Write a Resume that Employers will Remember
Why is a well-written resume so important? Employers only spend about 30 seconds looking at your resume. Hiring Managers and Recruiters now have access to Monster Jobs, Career Builder, and other resume sites. Throw out 50%-60% of the applicants
Tailoring Your Resume Careerbuilder.com advises you to tailor your job responsibilities and achievements to the company at which you apply Research the company and its industry Know what the employer is looking for and tailor your resume to match
Organizing Your Resume General format: Name, Experience, Education, Extra Curricular Edugree, a career and education website, advises to be creative when organizing your resume Employers will quickly scan for gaps in employment history Creative formats distract from these gaps
How can you make yours stand out? Must be carefully crafted to showcase your strengths and talents Shaping and polishing your keywords Applying the right verbs Presenting impressive statistics Providing perhaps a bit of humor
Writing about Previous Experience This is where you must stand out Do not list every responsibility you’ve had Narrow down to a list of 10 to 15 Highlight most meaningful accomplishments "Managed Print Creative" and effect: "Directed creative forentire print team of 12 designers, while increasing Productivityand reducing staff by10%"
Make Statistics Count When quantifying accomplishments, make them seem impressive Instead of saying, “Directed 12 designers.” Try saying, “Directed an entire team of 12 designers.” This draws emphasis to the fact that you were able to direct an entire team, rather than the small size of the group.
Choose your words carefully! Remember that those hiring may be looking for keywords so don’t be wordy! Use powerful nouns when possible Use adjectives to describe your strengths and abilities Try incorporating “buzzwords” Key action verbs of a particular industry Example: Implemented, published, etc.
Most Importantly, Be Genuine Monster.com reminds you to be honest Employers will often ask you to demonstrate your skills Don’t make exaggerated claims of skill levels On the other hand, don’t be modest