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Below are the eight steps that can make the resume-writing process a lot easier—and can help you ultimately land your desired job.
The genuine resumes are the ones that get interviews, get through candidate tracking methods, and get read by a human. Such resumes are tailor-made to suit different conditions each time. In one single message provide job-related information every time you apply to and from there choose which skills, experiences, and achievements that you think will make the most sense to highlight—and just keep doing that.
The show, don’t tell. “You can list some of your responsibilities in previous roles, but what recruiters really like to see is how you were able to positively impact the company,” a nonprofit organization that provides entry-level workers free career advice from a network of India-based hiring professionals at India top employers. If you create an ad campaign, will check the campaign result in increased traffic or sales?
When highlighting those results, focus on data and numbers. Use pieces of qualified data that highlight your achievements and keep a track record of success. If you grew sales by 25 percent in the first quarter, put it on your resume. If your targeted marketing campaign generated 1,50,000 new leads, make sure that data is on your resume. If you aren’t currently tracking that kind of data, there’s no time like the present to begin doing so.”
When highlighting those achievements, bold key successes. Why? Recruiters tend to scan resumes first, read second. When the copy is bright, it provides an explanation, and a recruiter will naturally be attracted to that copy—and might impact decisions. For example, consider highlighting achievements like this.
Leadership: Managed a team of 8 direct reports, and 27 contract workers for Fortune 500 IT services organization.
Awards: Named to President’s Club for finishing as No. 1-ranked salesperson (out of 37 in the 5-state territory). Exceeded 2016 quota by 47%.
Campaign management: Created Google Ad Words campaign that generated 1,000 more clicks, and a 71% increase in form submissions for a new product launch.
“The recruiter is reading—often skimming—your resume to determine whether you can perform the functions or the roles,” says McGuiness. “You could probably write a long list of tasks and responsibilities for every position you’ve ever held, but instead just include those few that relate and are transferable to the job you’re applying for.” Focus those bullets on results/performances that are a match for each job applying to.
No need to work particularly in IT industry to list tech skills that companies want. Every job or industry—retailing, manager, development, finance, legal, production—uses software programs as part of its day-to-day operations. Build a separate section on your resume (after experience and education) that includes a bullet point list of relevant tech/software skills. Think Salesforce, Excel, coding/HTML, Google Ad Words—whatever is relevant to your profession or industry, highlight it. Better yet, when including bullet points of achievements under your experience, including examples of successes using these software/technical skills. Why? Employers like it when new hires already know how to use similar programs the company uses internally because they can spend less time training new hires on how to use these programs.
Unless you are a recent college graduate, move your education towards the bottom of the resume. Why? Employers usually care more about work experience, related technical skills, and proven success/results over education. And yes, that means if you went to an Ivy League school, you should put that the same place as the professional who went the two-year degree or four-year public school route.
Document your career successes and achievements over today. For every few months, you should take a minute to tweak and update your resume. It’s good to keep it modern, even if you are actively not job hunting—you never know when you’ll need it for a promotion or volunteer an opportunity.