Fortunately, there are few key steps that you can take to ensure your resume meets today's resume writing standards.
We’ve partnered with the team at Resume-Library, a leading U.S. job board, to put together a guide that outlines six things every resume must have to achieve job search success. In addition to providing career advice, job search tips and a job board, Resume Library allows candidates the opportunity to upload their resume and use advanced search tool to browse jobs from over 50 different industries.
And remember, before uploading any resume to a job board or company web site, be sure to use the software at Jobscan to review your resume and make sure it matches the job for which you are applying. Jobscan is a tool that gives job seekers an instant analysis of how well their resume is tailored for a particular job and how it can be even better optimized for an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
Here are 6 resume must-haves for job hunting success:
1. Showcase a personal branding statement/summary - not an objective
Your personal statement (summary) should make up the first section of your resume. Essentially, it needs to be a quick but effective introduction to who you are, how your experience fits the jobs you are applying to, and the value you can bring.
A summary should include a sentence or two outlining your career experience and goals, adding why these make you well suited to the specific job. This will quickly give the employer an overview of your background and experience, and a good personal branding statement entices recruiters to read more.
2. Highlight keywords
Carefully review each job posting and note the keywords or skills referenced/required in the description. Use keywords throughout the resume, focusing on keywords requested in the job description or job posting. For example, if the job posting asks you to be organized and creative with good attention to detail, then be sure to use these words in your resume. However, don't just list keywords, list a keyword and back that up with a proof of accomplishment, or success/achievement that showcases results you have achieved related to the specific keyword.
3. Showcase examples of success
When you’re outlining any previous experience or qualifications, you need to illustrate these with real life examples. This will help recruiters understand how you can make a real contribution to the company.
4. Quantify achievements
When giving examples, it’s important to quantify these with facts and figures. Of course this is easier in some industries than others (sales, for example is numbers driven, whereas an administrative assistant role may not be), but you can be creative with your stats. For example, you could talk about the size of the team you managed, the amount of profit you billed or by what percentage you increased traffic to the company website.
Whatever it is, giving figures is a great way to help prove your worth and bring your skills to life.
5. Proofread, proofread, proofread
If there are any spelling or grammatical errors on your resume, you could automatically be disqualified from consideration. Grammar or spelling mistakes on a resume may indicate poor attention to detail, and may even suggest you’re not that invested in the position as you didn’t even take the time to re-read your application. Make sure you proofread your resume several times before submitting.
It might even be helpful to ask a friend or family member to take a look over it as well. After all, a fresh pair of eyes never hurts! But don’t ask family members for resume writing tips – only ask them to read or review for grammar or spelling mistakes. Asking friends or families to critique your resume is a poor practice, as you suddenly get so much feedback you can start to doubt whether or not your resume is as good as it can be. To solve this, again, use the tools/resources available at Jobscan, or hire a professional resume writer.
6. Choose the right layout
A resume should be easy to read. It should breathe and include section headers, bullets, and short, concise sentences. Recruiters are busy people and don’t spend long assessing each application or resume. By breaking your resume down into smaller paragraphs and using bullet points where possible, you’ll make it easier for them to quickly digest the information. Most recruiters scan resumes first, read second - if they are interested. So make it easy to read and easy for a recruiter to scan when reading.
Perfecting your resume from the start is the best way to get your job search on the right track. Be sure to include these important details in every resume you submit. This will give you a better chance of landing yourself an interview and securing a new job.
About Resume Library
Resume-Library is America's leading independent job site dedicated to helping candidates find their dream career and supporting recruiters in sourcing the right talent for their vacancies. Resume-Library provides career advice and also allows job seekers to upload their resume and use advance search tools to browse and apply for jobs from over 50 different industries.