In a world where all it takes is a click to apply for a position, it should be no surprise that recruiters are bombarded with resumes for their current openings. Here are a few tips to help your resume STANDOUT from the crowd--
1) Create a Resume Title. Instead of jumping from personal contact information to your professional summary, make room to include the job title or position you are intent on pursuing. This will ensure that the recruiter reviewing your resume knows exactly what job you are seeking and/or are qualified for.
2) Include a Powerful Professional Summary. Highlight your professional strengths by outlining your top professional accomplishments as they pertain to the job or job family for which you are applying to.
3) Include Key Words. Make sure your resume includes 8-10 key words or phrases that accurately reflect the job you want. Research job descriptions that contain this information so that you can put together a list of relevant, current key words that are job specific.
4) Go in Reverse Chronological Order. Recruiters need to know what essential job functions you’ve performed most recently—especially with regard to high tech positions and/or positions in heavily regulated industries where skills become quickly out-of-date.
5) Quantify your Accomplishments. Under each job title, you should list in bullet format each accomplishment you’ve made as it relates to your resume title or the job description. Provide details that are associated with the quantifiable impact you’ve made on company profits, revenue goals, process improvement, etc. Be strategic—tailor the details of your success as they pertain to the job you want, not the just the jobs you’ve held.
6) List your education, professional affiliations, and speaking engagements at the end of your resume so it serves to supplement your work experience. Your objective should be to highlight those things outside the workplace that round out your experience and emphasize the dedication you have to your profession.
When in doubt, defer to the old sales adage WIFFM—What’s In It For Me. This is what recruiters will be looking to identify when they review your resume. More specifically, how readily you’ll be able to positively impact the business they represent. How effective you are in communicating this message through your resume will determine how likely you’ll receive a call back.