Writing a résumé sounds fairly straightforward. Job seekers explain their work experience, accomplishments, professional goals, specialized skills, and probably expound upon any special talents that would make him/her the right fit for the position. While it may sound easy, it is actually a process that should take into account the field of work, the specific company you are applying to, and a whole host of other aspects desired by the employer for the given position.
There are hundreds of sites out there to help you format and layout a professional-looking résumé. Google résumé layout and you will have examples galore. Today, instead of examining the layout and appearance of a résumé, we are going to take a closer look at the content of what you put into your résumé, and how that content can help you land the job of your dreams.
Look For Keywords
Most job hunters start writing their résumé with a list of their job experiences, skills, talents and education. This is a great start, but we also believe that in organizing your experiences and past job duties, you should tailor your résumé to the job you are applying for.
Take the job posting and read carefully what they are searching for. Do they want someone with specific computer skills such as proficiency in Google Suite, spreadsheets, or some other application or software? If they are looking for a skill or experience that you have, then put that front and center in your résumé.
Many recruiters use application tracking software to scan résumés for keywords even before a human even gets his/her hands on it. If the résumé does not contain the keywords for the skills or experiences the company is looking for, then your résumé may be cast aside for one that does mention the keyword mentioned in the job posting.
Review Résumés From Your Industry
Wouldn’t it be great to see what other applicants’ résumés looked like so you can make sure yours stands?
Search online for industry-specific résumés that can help you tailor your résumé for the given field of work and a specific job where possible. Indeed Career guides online gives some great formatting and guidelines specific to a variety of different industries. Check them out here.
Use Active Language
Make your sentences short, concise, and to the point. Use active language. This means use power words such as: “achieved,” “earned,” “completed,” or “accomplished” when describing your achievements, experiences, or skills. Be sure to prioritize your job duties and place them at the top of each section.
Check your résumé for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and the occasional typo. Use software like Grammarly or other applications that can check your résumé completely.
Do you need help crafting your résumé? Consider attending one of our workshops or speaking with one of our specialists. Call or visit MassHire. We offer employment and training services for job seekers and employers.