If you are struggling to accurately and concisely convey what you have done professionally for the last 10 or 15 years and condensing it into a maximum of two pages, you are not alone. It’s not an easy task to come up with a compelling resume that distills your work history and highlights your best accomplishments.
Here are a few tips for crafting a resume that employers will want to read:
Include keywords that a recruiter will search a resume database for. Since most resumes are scanned into a database, your resume will not be read by a real person unless you have the appropriate keywords on it. Analyze vacancy announcements to see which words and phrases occur over and over again. These are the keywords that you want to make sure to include on the resume.
Only give a high level overview of your duties. One reason that so many resumes are extremely lengthy is that job seekers feel compelled to detail every duty that they had for all of their positions. In many cases they lift information from their job descriptions and paste it into their resumes with little or no editing. Think about the most essential elements of your job that are relevant to the position that you are seeking next and condense that information into no more than six or seven lines.
Highlight your accomplishments. Your accomplishments are what set you apart from other similarly qualified candidates. And your accomplishments demonstrate to a potential employer what you have done in the past, and that is an indicator of what you will do in the future. Using the bullet format draws the reader’s attention to this very important information.
Quantify wherever possible. Make sure to quantify your accomplishments whenever you can so that your accomplishment statements will have greater impact. You can use percentages to talk about time saved and dollar amounts to talk about the amount of revenue your generated or the amount of money that you saved an organization.
Omit unnecessary information. You don’t need to include an objective statement if you are staying in the same field, go back more than 10-15 years with your work history, or state that your references are available upon request. Just tell employers what they need to know about you to make a good hiring decision. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the employer to determine what you should include and what you should exclude.
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