Finding a job can be tough in an economic crunch. But don't make finding a job tougher by letting your resume lack these 4 key elements.
Use an attention grabbing heading
Example: Julie Plummer, Sales District Manager with 10-year high-performing sales record.
This headline is effective because it indicates the job seeker's experience and the type of position being sought.
Focus on your accomplishments
Don't focus on listing your job responsibilities or job tasks as your job title indicates much of what your job entailed. Instead, focus on listing your accomplishments because they paint a clear picture of what you can do for the company that you're seeking a position with. You'll increase your chances for a job interview if you relate your accomplishments to the job position you're applying for. Also, use action verbs when describing your accomplishments. Example: Earned promotion to sales manager within six months of start date.
Make your resume keyword rich
Use some of the same keywords and phrases that are listed in the job description. Use words and phrases that are synonymous to your keywords, too.
Write for success
Your resume should look good and read well. Use appropriate grammar, formatting, and ensure there are no spelling mistakes. Print your resume and read it backward to help find hidden errors. Then read once moreâ€”left to right and out loudâ€”to make sure your resume sounds professional and so you can catch any final mistakes.
Here are a few things you should watch for.
â€¢ Include punctuation after all complete sentences, space once before beginning a new sentence.
â€¢ Check for a neat, attractive appearance both online AND when printed.
â€¢ Use consistent formatting throughout.
â€¢ Use bullets to help the resume reader easily scan your resume. Bullets also help you keep your resume focused so the length stays trimmed to one page.
Wishing you a successful job search,