Resume Tips

August 14, 2013


Recruiters and hiring managers read hundreds of resumes, so how will your resume “wow” employers? While what stands out to one recruiter might not stand out to another, there are universal qualities that define an outstanding resume. Try these tips to revamp your resume before applying for jobs:

1. Be concise. Take time to think through and develop a resume that will highlight your skills and experience without being too wordy. Recruiters are busy and may spend only seconds on a resume.

2. Use buzzwords. Many companies use Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to scan applications for specific words to determine if you’re right for the job. Adding common terms and key phrases will increase your chances of being noticed by employers.

3. Show leadership skills. Involvement in teams, groups, and organizations shows you know how to be a team player and work with others as well as on your own. Leadership qualities can separate you from other potential candidates.

4. Use C.A.R and S.A.R. Incorporate “Challenge/Situations, Action, and Result” statements in your resume to describe the challenges and situations you faced, actions you took, and the results you achieved. It shows employers what you’re capable of by showing what you have accomplished in the past.

5. Add numbers. Using numbers to describe past experiences can help employers visualize how you’ll benefit their business and help you stand out as a qualified candidate. Use specific numbers to describe the size of an event you managed or how many leads became sales while you were on the job.

6. Proofread. Double-check your resume before sending it to potential employers. Unintentional errors can turn off an employer, even if it’s a strong resume!

If you still have questions on how to write a resume, contact us and let us guide you on the right career path!

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