If you think your resume is pretty solid but you’re not getting the results you were looking for, there is a chance that there are a few things you may have overlooked. Your resume may have a lot of great information, but if it is missing key features, the impact may not be as strong. You want your resume to pop and grab positive attention both from hiring managers and ATS programs. Before you apply for the next job opening, take a few minutes to review your resume and see if you are missing any of these important details:
You’ve probably heard time and again how important keywords are. But does your resume have the right ones? And are they in the right places? A great way to find keywords is to go directly to the job openings. Look for targeted words or phrases they use to describe qualifications or responsibilities. Oftentimes you will see a theme running among openings for similar positions. Draw out these keywords according to what fits with your abilities. Remember, you don’t want to lie and say that you can do something that you can’t.
Compile a list of strong keywords to put into a core competencies section. Keep them short and concise such as “strategic planning,” “project management,” or “accounts payable.” This section is where you can quickly show employers what you have to offer. However, make sure you are also incorporating keywords throughout the content of your job experience as well. This can put them into better context and provide additional support for your abilities.
Your resume will likely contain mainly text, so when you include metrics, these numbers will stand out. Percentages and dollar amounts tend to catch the reader’s eye. Highlight the impact that you have made on the companies you have worked for. Even if you don’t have access to these figures, including the number of accounts you managed or direct reports you had can help. This shows your leadership and management ability. In instances where you don’t have exact metrics, show results through phrases such as “reduced downtime,” “improved accessibility,” or “increased customer engagement.”
- Branding Statement
It may be clear to you the type of role you are seeking, but is it clear to the hiring manager? Looking over your past job titles, does it demonstrate where you are headed or the type of position you would fit well in? Remove any doubt by branding yourself as a “Digital Marketing Specialist,” “Director of Information Technology,” or “Regional Sales Manager.” Your summary of qualifications should then provide support as to your strengths and abilities. Having a branding statement is especially important if you are in the midst of a career change and your employment history shows that you have worked different types of jobs.
Your resume should reflect you in the most positive light and bring attention to who you are and what you have to offer. Don’t make a hiring manager try to guess how you will fit in. Give them proof that shows why you are the right person for the job and are worth interviewing. If your resume is missing any of these key details, contact Chic Resumes to bring your resume up to date. We will work with you to create a strong impact and improve your chances of landing an interview. Call (803) 831-7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today.