Problems to Spot on the Resume for an Immediate Fix
If you haven’t given much thought to the purpose of your resume, it will help to do so before you start job searching. The resume isn’t simply a piece of paper that shows and explains your work history. There’s much more value to carefully crafting a resume that is tailored to each prospective employer’s needs. While the resume does include your career/work history, its ultimate purpose is to help you in securing your next job.
Here, we will be going over the typical problems in creating a resume. We’ll also show you how to put an immediate fix to it.
Replace Responsibilities with Results
Those who see the resume simply as a piece of paper that serves to outline one’s work history typically fall into the trap of listing responsibilities on the resume. You do want to inform prospective employers of what you accomplished in your previous job, but listing responsibilities isn’t the way to do it. It doesn’t inform employers on how well you performed on the job and what you’ve been able to achieve. An employer is much more likely to take interest in you if you can outline results you’ve achieved on the job. To give you another perspective, it’s like shopping for sunglasses. Do you buy the sunglasses that just say: “For wearing out in the sun” or “Protection against UVA/UVB rays”? The latter offers much more appeal because it informs you of what additional benefit you may receive from it. Think about how you can best inform employers about your experience while also giving them insight as to what you’re capable of achieving on the job.
Bring Out What’s Unique
How are you different from others who are also vying for the job? That’s something to think about when writing your resume. If you conform to only the same standards as others, you’ll just blend in with the hundreds of other applicants. Yes, you may have 10+ years of experience in consulting, but so do 20 other applicants. Inform the employer through your resume how your experience is unique from others with a similar level of experience. What unique experiences or expertise can you showcase that will be special and different from the typical job applicant? For additional tips to resume writing, read: “3 Tips to Highlight Your Value on the Resume.”
Play to What the Employer is Looking For
Each time you send out the resume, it should be tailored to the specific job posting. Review what the employer desires out of a job applicant and find ways to play those traits up on the resume. For example, if you are applying for a marketing position, and the employer has highlighted social media experience as highly desirable, find ways in which you can tweak the resume to highlight aspects of your social media experience. As an example, your experience can include details of how you helped your former employer double its followers through the implementation of a social media strategy. Find ways to play up relevancy to the employer’s needs and that’ll help you get more points with hiring managers and the applicant tracking systems (ATS).
Remember that when writing your resume, you need to show results, achievements, and your key selling points. These factors together are what matter to employers, because it will inform them of what you’re capable of achieving. The goal on the resume is to inform employers of what you can do with what you know. If you only show what you know, that doesn’t offer proof of ability. Present information that matters, and it will help hiring managers and recruiters in deciding to call you in for the next step – a job interview.