Have you ever applied for a job and felt like the position was designed specifically for you but you didn’t get an interview?

It may not be your skills, experience or education.  It could be that your resume didn’t make the cut.

Keep in mind, employers and recruiters use Application Tracking Systems (ATS) and are still left reviewing hundreds of resumes.  It’s time to set your resume apart from the rest.

Below are five tips to get you to the interview.

  1.  Format

Your resume must be pleasing to the eyes but more importantly, it must be scan proof.  Most readers will spend seconds reviewing your resume to determine if you’re a possible fit for the position.

  • It should flow and be easy to follow.  Simple and professional is usually best.
  • Consider using bullets in lieu of long paragraphs.
  • Watch your length. Include the vital points and eliminate the fluff.  Most experts suggest 1-2 pages maximum and as a busy hiring manager, I agree.
  1. Tailor your resume to the industry or job

This doesn’t mean that you must recreate your resume each time.  However, it does mean that you may need to make updates depending on the position, industry or even the organization.  For instance, if you are applying for a Training position within an organization versus a teacher within a school, there may be certain skills you will want to highlight for each.

Do your research so you understand which of your skills are most applicable to the position.  As you continue to grow in your career, you will accumulate various skills but all of them may not need to be highlighted for a specific position.

  1. Use your words wisely

Highlight your accomplishments using action verbs.  This is the time to boast about what you’ve done.  You want the hiring manager and recruiters to understand what you bring to the table.  It’s nice to list your skills but it’s better to describe how you used them to accomplish tasks or exceed goals.

For instance, instead of saying “I saved the company money” you could say “Renegotiated contracts and decreased cost by 21%.” This describes how you saved the company money.

  1. Quantify

It’s great that you’re a hard worker but are you able to drive results?  What is the outcome of all of your hard work? Employers want to know that your hard work is not in vain and you are able to contribute to the overall success of the organization.  Be specific with your accomplishments.  If you improved production indicate your results, “Spearheaded ABC project and increased production by 11%”.  This displays your skills and results.

  1. Proofread

The last thing you want is to have typos or grammatical errors on your resume.  Some recruiters and hiring managers are unforgiving when it comes to these mistakes.  Don’t depend on your software to pick up all of the errors. After you have read and reread your resume out loud, have a second pair of eyes take a look and provide feedback.

Remember your resume is an extension of you and your professional brand.  Put forth maximum effort to make the best first impression possible.

Now on to the interview!


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