If you are sending your resume out but not getting multiple invitations to interview, your resume needs some improvement. To stand out and generate interviews, your resume needs to grab the attention of recruiters and hiring managers who flip through resumes quickly, and it needs to spark their interest with the kind of information that makes them want to know more. Related: 5 Tips To Make Your Resume Stand Out
What resume improvements will generate interviews?
1. Quantify Your AccomplishmentsTo quantify your accomplishments means to describe them in numbers, dollars, or percentages. This is hugely important—numbers will grab attention and interest from hiring managers like nothing else. So, don’t just say that you boosted efficiency—say that you boosted efficiency by 30% (or whatever it was). Don’t just say that you generated sales—say that you generated $2M in sales over a 1-year period. Be as specific as you can. If you’ve forgotten some of your more impressive statistics, you may need to contact previous bosses who can help you. (For more on resume quantification, see How to Write a Resume That POPS!)
2. Make Your Resume Communicate BetterYou may be the best person for the job, but if your resume doesn’t communicate well for you, you won’t get a chance to interview for it. To communicate effectively, your resume should…
- Ditch the summary in favor of a good objective statement. Use your objective statement to say what job you want. Be specific—objective statements that say things like ‘to increase my skills in a growing company’ are what gave objective statements a bad name in the first place. Tailor it to the job so you can highlight what you bring that they would be interested in. The key is to focus on what THEY want and how you fit—not on what YOU want for your career.(Need more help? Watch this video: Resume Objective Statements Help You Get the Interview)
- Ditch paragraphs in favor of bullet points. Anyone looking through a stack of resumes is going to read them fast, and they will tend to skim paragraphs—causing them to miss important information you need them to know. Under each job, list your quantified accomplishments with eye-catching bullet points that deliver your most important information effortlessly.