Bolstering your resume in four easy steps

11.20.2013


Bolstering your resume in four easy steps
Bolstering your resume in four easy steps

When it comes to the resume, making yourself look like a foolproof hire is the goal. In just 30 seconds, your work history will be examined, after which a hiring manager will decide whether you're right or wrong for a given role in their company. However, there are some specific and simple methods anyone looking to find a job can take advantage of, giving them a chance to increase their hiring opportunities.

Make it about what you can offer
While a resume needs to be centered around your skills, it can't be centered around how a given position will benefit you, according to CBS News. The resume needs to be focused around what you can give to the company you're attempting to work for, which means the spotlight is less on you, specifically, and more on your abilities in a given field. That means that if you don't have luck in the first few weeks of your application process, it might be time to remove your objective, which may appear more "me" focused than it seems.

Speaking of things to offer, you should pursue additional skills and education whenever possible. Any certifications or certifiable skills acquired in a given field can go front and center on your resume - and each one will bolster your accomplishments further. In a competitive field, any advantage you can find will help your overall chances - don't pass up the opportunity to acquire an ability that no employer can resist.

Keep things short and simple
The perfect resume should be the paper equivalent of a movie trailer, according to ABC WFAA Dallas. It will give your employer enough details about yourself that they'll be drawn to you more than anyone else, but giving them too much information will make them feel like they know your entire range of abilities and send them searching for someone else. While sharing details is necessary in any resume, focus on the ones most relevant to your field. Much like trailers show impressive scenes in a film, you should show some of your best qualities, but save the killer details for the interview.

Keeping things short doesn't just apply to your resume's accomplishments, though. Taking a hard and concentrated editing process to your resume will help you make things more streamlined, and thus easier and more compelling to read. Single-line bullet points should take precedence over multi-line blocks of text; any grammar, phrasing or spelling that seems even remotely questionable needs to go. Short, sweet and to the point - the three keys that will keep your resume on top of the "keep" stack.

Action verbs make things lively
Don't just say what your positions were and what you did there - use action verbs, tailored to your most impressive credentials, in your job listings. Even a job that seems unimpressive at face value can become something most employers will want to see with the right composition, and action verbs like leading, communicating and managing will keep any hiring manager's attention. The more exciting your resume reads, the more impressive you become as a job candidate - in some cases, your unique skills gained in one position can even help push you into consideration among more qualified candidates.

Make things direct and professional
By researching an industry or company before you submit your application, you can turn your resume into a targeted missile sent directly toward the manager's desk, loaded with the exact skills and experience he wants to see for an open position. Consider which of your skills most adhere to the position and arrange them accordingly, including your best professional accomplishments along the way to seal the deal. Your value will be undeniable if presented correctly.

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