Ever wonder what makes a resume stand out to employers? If you’re having trouble booking an interview or just looking to polish your resume, these 4 quick tips may be for you!
1. Highlight your relevance to the company.
Do your homework. Include the employer’s name in your objective and showcase how you fit their criteria by matching your experience to the job description. The more precisely you fit with the employer’s needs, the more likely you are to be considered a qualified candidate.
2. Forget the fancy formatting.
When writing your resume or CV, simple is the best way to go. Unless you’re a graphic designer, you don’t want to make your resume so complicated that it’s difficult to read. If the goal is to stand out in that resume pile, never fear! Quick Tip #4 is the tip for you.
3. Stick to bullet points.
Bullet points are easier to read, they get straight to the point, and they save everyone loads of time. Employers don’t spend more than 30 seconds looking at your resume. Most of them probably won’t spend more than 10.
4. Provide specific examples of value added.
The best way to make your resume pop is to use specific examples that show quantifiable results. The ultimate goal is to get to interview stage, right? To do that, you need to show on paper not only what your responsibilities were at a previous company, but also, how you’ve created value for your previous employers.
Let’s look at some examples…
Ex 1: “Supervised production staff.”
Ex 2: “Led team of 12 production staff that reduced plant waste and saved $100k a year by focusing on improved training and processes.”
Which stands out the most?
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