A resume is a resume…right? Wrong. To outdistance your competition your resume needs to be a cut-above, it must rapidly deliver ‘chunks’ of targeted-data that will immediately speak to an employer’s needs. When you submit your resume online, it enters a marathon to reach the top 5 in a race that has over 250+ applicants for each position advertised. Entering that race without a powerful, compelling resume is a sure way of not reaching the finish line. Here are 3 tips to get you off to a good start:
- Target – ensure that your resume speaks to the employer’s needs. Read the job description thoroughly (this is the employer laying out the red carpet for you, telling you exactly what they want.) Read each requirement and then ask yourself “how do I meet this need, and where is that information showing up on my resume.”
- Ditch the long paragraph intro about what you want (aka – Objective) and replace it with a brief description on how you meet the needs of the employer. Adjust this statement as needed for each position you apply for.
- Write tight – use this opportunity to showcase skillsets that are required by the employer and to create short, tightly written accomplishment statements job responsibilities.