Recruiters and hiring managers look at hundreds of resumes each week. If you want your resume to stand out, you’ll have to go beyond having good organization and proper grammar. Here are five not-so-obvious ways to improve your resume to help you stand out from other candidates.
Change your Resume Based on the Job: If applying to a variety of jobs, you want to make sure your skills and experience fit that role. Put together a couple of resumes for the different positions you are applying for and highlight your skills and experience to match the job.
Skills Section: A skills section with both hard and soft skills will help highlight your key strengths. Having skills that show both your technical knowledge and your personality traits proves that you’re well-rounded and can rise to any occasion.
Call to Action Statement: Including a professional summary in your resume will help the recruiter or hiring manager identify who you are as a professional. This should be one or two sentences underneath your contact information that highlight your experience and what you’re seeking in a role.
Work Experience: Your work experience is the bulk of your resume, and you want it to stand out from other candidates. You can improve your work experience section by beginning your bullet points with strong action verbs such as coordinating or developing, including challenges you’ve overcome, and including group accomplishments as well as individual accomplishments.
Include LinkedIn Profile or Website: Having a LinkedIn or professional website can complement your resume and provide more details about your professional career. According to Forbes, 95% of recruiters and hiring managers will look at your LinkedIn profile, so having that link on your resume is an easy way to allow them to dive deeper into your background. A word of caution – make sure your profile is up to date before sharing it!
Expert bonus tip: Professional recruiters read resumes but will rarely read cover letters. Cover letters will be read by the hiring manager, so it is best to keep this in mind when writing yours. Think about what the hiring manager would like to hear.
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