Whether your resume is being read by the HR manager, the head of a company, a hiring manager or a recruiter, you can bet it’s sitting in a big pile of other resumes. When your resume hits the top of the pile you have about six seconds to grab that person’s attention.
Make your intentions immediately obvious
If you are applying to a posted job, use the job description to highlight the skills and qualifications the employer is looking for. Make it part of the mission statement. Use bold type. Put the most pertinent information front and center.
When listing the what I did’s on your resume don’t leave it at just a list of bullet points. Expand on those bullets. Explain how what you did impacted the company, improved efficiency (in quantifiable terms. I did X and productivity increased by Y), made for a more enjoyable, productive workplace.
Demonstrate your leadership attributes
Even if you were not in a leadership role, you talk about the leadership role you took with yourself. The times when your imitative impacted the job or the company or others. Never be afraid to shine a positive light on your accomplishments.
Show a career progression
Think of your resume as a timeline for your career. Make it easy to see how you grew from position to position with an increase in responsibility. Make it easy for the hiring manager to see your professional development through each position.
Don’t forget your keywords
Each industry has certain keywords that are an integral part of the community. Use those keywords in your resume to ensure the hiring manager knows you are in integral part of that community.