Despite popular beliefs, your resume should be more than a piece of paper listing your credentials. Ideally, your resume should serve as an outline of your professional story – giving readers a clear view of what you bring to the table as a job candidate in your industry. Anyone can create a generic resume, but it takes a certain amount of effort to craft a resume that truly depicts your talents and sells you as a prime candidate. As you develop or refine your resume, here are three ways you can make sure your resume provides a full picture of what makes you a highly qualified candidate.
Start with a summary of your skills.
A summary section at the beginning of your resume is very helpful in highlighting your skills, immediately setting the tone for what’s to come. You’ll want to be sure the skills you include are relevant to the job you’re applying for and are stated in bullets so they’re easy to read. This type of bulleted summary allows readers to get a sense of your qualifications, even before they get into the body of your resume.
Eliminate less relevant experience.
It’s easy to make the mistake of including too much irrelevant experience, which can defeat the whole purpose of having a resume! Rather than list every single job or internship, evaluate each position and determine if it was relevant to your job of interest. For example, a summer job as a waitress 10 years ago is probably not important to your career in the present day. The more you can focus on quality over quantity, the better impact your resume will have on showcasing your experience to employers.
Be specific in your descriptions.
Rather than say you “provided high-quality customer service,” explain exactly how you did this. Did you resolve customer complaints? Do you use effective communication skills? Providing specific support to all of your descriptions will provide context and show employers why you are qualified for the job.
Remember, it’s a marathon – not a sprint! Take the time you need to make sure your resume strongly reflects who you are as a professional – and not just an applicant. The more you enhance your resume, the more you’ll stand out in a pool of hundreds of candidates.
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