If you want to stand out from your competitors, you need to make clear what you have to offer in a format that’s easy to follow. It has to be easy for a resume reader to understand your skills, experience and career progression. Consider the following key points in your resume:
This is found right under your name and contact information at the top of your resume. Your headline in bold can be a job title you aspire to have or a catchy description of your experience. (You can look for suggestions online if you need inspiration.)
Feel free to include objective statements in your resume that relate to your personal brand. They should show your personal qualities, including your areas of expertise and past achievements. Your branding should motivate the reader to learn more about you.
Killer Skill Set
Do you have any key skills that will set you apart from the rest? For easy scanning, create a column text box and briefly enumerate your interpersonal and hard skills within it. Do not include generic skills like “detail-oriented.”(Everyone claims to have that one.) It’s far better to focus on specific skills you have that are related to the job you’re applying for.
Use bullet points to demonstrate what you’ve done in the past and explain how you fulfilled your responsibilities. Use powerful action-oriented verbs in each bullet point and explain briefly how you achieved your results.
It’s always important to highlight your major area of study and degrees earned. Don’t forget to include the name and location of the school where you pursued your education.
Be sure to include this section if you have a track record of volunteer work, especially if you’ve been volunteering for a long time. Just make sure to exclude organizations tied to politics or religion (unless you’re applying for work in those fields).
Leverage your job search by making these small but effective changes to your resume.