We will review your resume and will provide helpful tips on how to highlight your strengths and how to avoid pitfalls. We will give you the foundation and the extra ingredients you need to make your relevant experience land with impact.
Here are the seven most important areas of your resume to focus on:
1. Focus on accomplishments. Focus less on your job duties in your last job and more on what you actually accomplished, with an emphasis on tangible results. Avoid making general statements such as “improved product design”. Instead, provide quantifiable metrics that demonstrate how your work helped your project team save money, reduce costs, improve functionality.
2. Target your resume. Gone are the days of sending one generic resume to hundreds of companies. You should target each resume to the specific job listing and company.
3. Don’t get too technical. Technical terms, and acronyms that are commonly used at one company may be like a foreign language to recruiters or hiring managers at other companies. Make your resume universally understood by using industry-recognized terminology and explaining anything that recruiters might find confusing.
4. Be concise. We’ve all heard the stats about hiring managers tossing resumes that have just one typo. Although technical companies tend to be more forgiving, that’s no reason to submit a grammatically incorrect, misspelled, and otherwise poorly presented resume.
5. Think accomplishments over duties. Work experience is a key component of your resume, but it should not feature a comprehensive list of all the jobs that you’ve held (especially if you’ve worked in the industry for years or had many jobs). List the most important positions that will show the hiring manager that you’re qualified for the new job. Provide the largest amount of detail for your current or most recent job (or the one that is most applicable to showing that you’re qualified for the new position). Be sure to list your accomplishments, rather than just job duties. Again, think about what the hiring manager wants to see to convince him or her to call you in for an interview.
6. Go big, and keep the little for later. When considering what to include on your resume, focus on the “big,” and save the “little” for the job interview. This means you should detail big, eye-catching accomplishments such as new products and technologies that you helped develop, major employersthat you worked for, major customers that you interacted with. Be ready to provide the details regarding these accomplishments and background information during the actual interview.
7. Use keywords. At its employment web site, Microsoft advises applicants to detail on their resume how their experiences (leadership roles, work duties, school activities, etc.) helped them to grow as a person and as a professional. This is a good approach, since you always want to show that you are evolving as a person and eager to learn new skills. Also, use keywords that match those listed in the job announcement. For example, if you’re applying for a position in e-marketing and search engine optimization, then your resume should include these terms. This will help you get noticed by resume-scanning software and advance past the first screening stage.