While you might spend hours tweaking your resume, it only takes about 15 seconds for the employer that receives your application to make their decision. If you want to build your resume into something worth a second scan, there are a few things that you need to do.
Focus Your Content
You will not be successful if you send out one version of your resume to every employer. One size does not fit all. You must tailor your resume every time you send in an application. Resunate, the online resume builder I co-founded, can help you focus your resume by automatically selecting the content in your resume that matches best to the job description.
Employers don’t have time to read a resume full of irrelevant information and will pass on your application if you don’t make the appropriate edits. For example, if you are applying for a marketing job, it isn’t necessary to include the swim coach position that you had ten years ago. Set yourself apart from your competition and give employers what they want to see.
Show How You Made An Impact
Employers are used to seeing long, non-descript lists of duties and responsibilities on the resumes that they receive. While you should be describing what you did for each work experience point, take it a step further and show how you made an impact. To do this, you should construct every bullet point using STAR format: Situation, Tasks, Action, and Results.
Simplify Your Format
Let the content of your resume have the pizazz factor, not the format and design. Contrary to popular belief, a simple format and design is preferable to the stylized alternative. Simply formatted resumes are easier for an employer’s Applicant Tracking System to scan and accurately produce information. If your resume lands on the employer’s desk, an easy-to-read resume will ensure that the employer will get the message that you hope to convey.
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