4 Important Elements to a Winning Resume

4 Important Elements to a Winning ResumeWhether it’s your first time to look for a job or you’ve been wanting to explore other career opportunities, a resume will always be one of the most important things you need to secure. A resume is a written summary of your key credentials, previous employment history (if you have any), educational background and skills relevant to the position you’re applying for. Your resume is the first thing a potential employer looks at before they consider an individual as a suitable candidate.

 If you want to increase your chances of getting hired for a job, it’s important to furnish a great resume and by great means something effective enough to market yourself so your resume doesn’t end up getting thrown into the trash. Read on and learn about the important elements you need for a winning resume.

Catchy headings
One of the things that can keep a hiring manager reading a resume is a catchy heading. When you write the heading, make sure all the key information is readily available. Besides your name, your relevant experience or important skills should be highlighted. Highlight the phrases or words you need emphasis by using bold, italics, or underline.

Relevant accomplishments
Another effective way to market yourself is by highlighting your relevant accomplishments. Aside from talking about your skills, you should also showcase what you have contributed to your team and organization. There’s no need to shy away from showcasing what you have to offer; just be careful not to oversell.

Also, please take note that it’s important to be very detailed when discussing your accomplishments in your resume. Do not just include what you have done. Be sure to indicate how well you’ve done it, too. This will give the hiring managers the impression that your accomplishments are concrete and that you’re someone who knows how to get things done.

Relevant skills
All skills are important and helpful, however, not all are actually relevant to the position you’re applying for. When you write your skills on your resume, think about the industry or field you’re joining. It doesn’t make sense to include your skills related to marketing when you’re actually applying for a position in the accounting department. The keyword here is relevant. Omit unnecessary skills that do not relate to the job. This will make it easier for the reader to determine whether or not your skillset is an excellent match to the job post.

Educational background
Aside from indicating what you have taken up in college, it’s also important for your resume to include formal training you have taken, online courses as well as certificate programs. These things will give you an edge not only because you have acquired additional knowledge to help you perform the job better but it’s also an excellent way to let the employer know that you value learning to support your professional growth and development.

A winning resume is your key to not only landing a job but reaching your job search goals. If you’re looking forward to finding the career you’ve always wanted, be sure to include these important elements in your resume.

 

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.