Over the past couple of days, I’ve been writing about the importance of a well written resume and what kind of impact a good resume can have on your job search, career advancement opportunities and career changes.
In a recent post, I mentioned that your resume is an an essential tool that can be used to draw the attention of employers. Note I said “can be used to draw the attention of employers.” That only applies if it is written well.
So how do you write a resume that will grab the attention of employers and get added to the MUST call pile? Here are a couple of quick tips:
1) Write the resume to the job you want NOT the job you have
2) Take a close look at your prospective employer’s job description to identify the skills you have so you can mention those that relate to the position right in your career summary
3) Consider using a Career Highlights section and if possible, align the career highlights to the job you’re applying for – meaning if you’re applying for a sales manager job, talk about your sales accomplishments rather than your HR accomplishments
4) Emphasize the most important information in the top two thirds of your resumes for greatest impact
5) Use language and keywords relevant to the job you want
These are just a few quick tips that will help you develop a solid resume. Use these tips to gain employer interest and position yourself for success.