What Does Your Resume Say?
You know what it’s like. You’ve worked hard to develop the perfect resume
. You’re actively applying for jobs and following up. But, you’re still not getting calls for interviews. So, what’s wrong?
The problem could very likely be the content of your resume. The days of writing one resume and papering the town with it in search of a job
are over. If you want to impress hiring professionals, here are some tips to make your resume stand out.
1) Does your summary match their organizational values?
The summary section of your resume is your opportunity to hook the reader. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to research the company you’re applying to.
Most organizations have an “about” section on their website. This section may include historical information on the company, as well as their mission, values and possible community involvement.
You can then use this information to develop a summary, showing how you would bring value to the organization. Maybe you’re a creative innovator. If their business page reflects a value in innovation and creativity, start your summary off with just that!
2) Does the content of your resume align with the job description?
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s essential your resume include language found in the job description. For example, if the job description uses language like “self-directed,” or “problem-solver,” you need to show how you fit that description by including the same language in your past work experience.
So, a line of your resume under work experience might include a sentence like:
Routinely partnered with multiple work groups to problem-solve specific operational challenges.
3) Is your skill actually a skill or a job function?
The skills section of your resume is very important. All too often though, people write job functions in the skills sections. HR professionals see right through this.
Skills is an ability to do something in particular well. An example of job skills would be:
Public Speaking Program Management
Technical Writing Community Relations
Be sure your resume reflects skills that match the skills listed in the job description.
There is no way insure you will get a call back on every job you apply to, but you can do a few things to significantly increase your chances.
Often times, hiring managers are filling multiple positions, under tight deadlines, and wading through a sea of resumes. Reworking your resume to fit the job description will help your resume stand out. Small changes can make a big impact, and that could get you one step closer to landing your dream job!