Resumes Should Emphasize the Audience, Context of the Eventual Goal
Many people have likely made resolutions for the New Year regarding their current job searching, and even after January, such an effort is a positive approach to the search. To kickstart such an effort, or to simply start the year on the right foot, reassessing a current resume and improving or rewriting it can be a great first step toward recharging your search efforts.
According to US News and World Report, one major consideration that should be made at the beginning of this process is to know the audience you aim to reach with your resume and establish your search respectively. Considering your industry's biggest requirements or assessing a job description to see the best potential options to use is a good start. After looking at industry standbys for a few minutes, it'll likely become clear what your intended message needs to be, and such knowledge can give a strong boost to any search efforts.
Another important consideration that should be taken into account is that of the resume's overall layout. Many employers and recruiters need to look at dozens of resumes every day or even hour, and catching their attention early is a strong need. By ensuring that you use an inverted pyramid style in your resume's alignment - where the most important information goes first, and any additional information after that is layered until the document's ending - you can ease your needs heavily in regards to being seen.
Edit early and often
The smallest sentence, when written out, can occasionally contain errors. It's human nature to accidentally make mistakes. However, with resumes, that mistake can turn off someone who wants to hire you. As a result, it's important to read, re-read and edit your resume consistently and relentlessly throughout its development process. US News and World Report recommends printing out the resume after the first draft is completed, afterward going through line by line to determine what the best and worst aspects are. Having peers and friends review them as well will be beneficial, as a second set of eyes will likely have a completely different approach to your overall setup. While this approach will take time and effort, the end result may end with you landing that dream job.
According to Youtern, in the hiring process, many officials will be looking for a specific candidate, one who can fit a variety of criteria. As a result, the information listed should be directly relevant to the position at hand. This doesn't mean every job that wasn't specific to an industry in question should be thrown out completely, but should instead be filtered to see which can be applied in different contexts for the most success at any one time. If an experience has parallels to the position at hand, whether in a management or skills related context, it should be carefully attuned to a specific need.
Why you should be hired
While being somewhat generic can be seen often in resume composition, especially in first drafts, it's important to instead keep a focus on your specific qualities that make you a unique applicant for the position in question. Readers will need to consider more than strictly your work experience, instead needing to look at a bigger picture definition of your abilities and even personality, and being personal will meet these needs more than adequately.
Employers will also want to see proof that you've gotten results in previous jobs. Many of them will know exactly what skills will be necessary in any given position - instead, you should show exactly what you were able to perform in previous roles. Sales figures, efficiency improvements and measurements of success from error rates to internal performance rankings are all more than applicable in this context.