What does your resume say about you? Does it catch the employer’s eye, or is it being tossed to the side? Your resume is the one of the first things an employer sees when you apply for a job, and it plays a major role in making your first impression. If you want to land an interview, you have to have a great resume. No matter how many online job listings you apply for, you will have a difficult time landing a job if your resume does not have the information employers want to see.
Want to build a resume that gets you interviews? Read these tips:
Choose A Format
The format of your resume is more important than you think. There are four standard formats used for resumes: functional, chronological, reverse chronological and hybrids. Chronological or reverse chronological are your best bets.
Most successful job seekers use the reverse chronological format because it lists their most recent positions first. It may be tempting to list your favorite or most important job first, but this may wind up confusing the recruiter simply because your work history is out of order.
When listing your work history, only display a maximum of 10 years of past employment, and ensure that your format is clear. If you decide to take a risk and deviate from the standard format, make sure that it is well executed and for a good reason.
Make Sure That Your Resume Is Relevant
Job seekers often apply for jobs that they want, and not necessarily jobs that they are qualified for. This is why it is so important to ensure that you resume is tailored to each position you apply for. If you have a background in retail, but you want to obtain a job in the finance industry, you will need to tailor your resume to fit the position. If your work history and skill set does not match the job’s description, you will not be considered for the position.
Highlight Your Achievements
What sets you apart from other candidates that are applying for the job? If you fail to highlight your career achievements, you will wind up just being another face in the crowd. Every position that you have held is an opportunity to demonstrate the value you bring to the table.
If you helped a former employer find a more cost effective and safer way to manufacture a product, include it in your resume. Maybe you helped a previous employer improve productivity. Whatever positive change you may have brought into the company, you should highlight this information on your resume.
Employers want to see how you can add value to their company. The only way to prove this is through your previous accomplishments and performance.
Another important thing to remember is that your resume is not a static document. It needs to be updated, and it needs to be tweaked to fit the employer’s needs. Updating your resume and including the information employers want to see will help you land an interview and, hopefully, the job you want.
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