Crafting a standout resume in today’s job market is an absolute must! When applying for a position you are likely competing with dozens if not hundreds of applicants. You must ask yourself, “Why would they choose me?” Give prospective employers every reason to contact you. Showcase your experience, attention to detail, and skills that make an employer eager to know more about you and what you can bring to their team.
- Incorporate keywords and phrases that that make you a standout candidate. Showcase your experience, skills and talents. Buzzwords like “team-player”, “accomplished”, “managed”, “created”, and “initiated” are some great power words to incorporate.
- Adapt your resume to the job you are applying for. You might need to revise your resume multiple times to fit a variety of job positions. Explain why you would make a great contender for the specific position you are applying for. One version of your resume is not going to fit for every position that you apply for.
- Use a modern and professional format. Clear, concise, and easy to read is always the way to go.
- Proofread, proofread, proofread! This is one of the most important components. If you have typos, spelling mistakes, and errors in your resume likely potential employers will toss your resume aside. They are looking for individuals that are careful and thorough with their work. They want those that will represent their business well.
- Use a header. At the top of your resume let prospective employers get to know you. Define who you are and what position you are seeking.
- Keep it professional. Do not include negative information about previous employers. Also, do not include information like your hobbies or interests. That is something that you can discuss with them later. Stick to your career achievements and highlight your strengths and positive talents.
- Include a cover letter. This will showcase your writing skills and really let the employer know why you are interested in the position. Showing the employer that you have done some background research and know about the company you are applying for can make or break your opportunity for an interview. Always go above and beyond.
- Have someone else look over your resume. An extra set of eyes that can help you proofread and edit the information is always a good idea.
If you have any other questions about creating a standout resume or you would like someone to look over what you have feel free to contact Student Services or one of your professors. We are here to help you succeed!