It is easy to compile a list of your past employment history details and qualifications in your resume, but does your resume reflect the particular job you are seeking? More importantly, are the employers noticing that you have done your resume writing homework by tailoring your resume to the job description and job duties. When I write resumes for my clients or when I am conducting a resume writing workshop in Missouri or Illinois, my main focal point to everyone is to “know your audience.” It is just like writing a letter to correspond to a friend and when you know whom you are writing to and know what content you should place into your letter, then you will have the most significant portion of the letter already identified.
Your resume should be attended to in the same way as it must emphasize, highlight, and mirror your relevant skills to the skills of the job you are applying for. Composing your resume to fit the job will be most beneficial to you and especially beneficial to the resume reader, HR personnel, and hiring manager. Listed below are 3 ways to enhance your current resume.
1. Know exactly what you want – Many job seekers approach their employment search with the blind hope that their past work experience will land a job quickly, but in most cases, there are hundreds of other applicants with the same experiences and desires as you. What can help you to stand out from the other applicants and their resumes is knowing what exactly the employer is looking for in a new employee. Example: If the employer is seeking to hire a new executive secretary, review the employer’s job description (usually listed on their website), identify several of their job description key words, and carefully point out in your resume of your familiarity of those experiences. The employer will notice the similar qualifications.
2. Career Objective – Your career objective is your introduction and point of reference to the employer as to why you are seeking the position. When you compose clear characteristics of your employment intentions with the employer, the resume examiner can quickly determine if you will be a great addition to the company. Your career objective should also display what you want to achieve. Example: “To secure a managerial career and utilize my administrative and customer service skills.”
3. Summary of Qualifications – A summary of qualifications statement should be a brief account to the employer as to why you are the best candidate for the position. It is to your benefit to compose your entire resume with honesty and truthfulness; and your summary should be as straightforward and factual as your resume. This is because the employer may test your summary for your claim of accuracy. Example: I am an organized Team Leader with over 10 years of detailed project management experience.
Odie Smith is author of Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s Employment Survival Guide.
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