You have to consider your resume your first impression. Oftentimes, it’s all the hiring manager has to determine whether you’re worth taking the time to interview. So, if you want to land an interview, you need a resume that’s written to impress. Follow these tips to create one.
Include Industry-Specific Keywords
When you write your resume, it’s important to include industry-specific keywords. This way, it’s easier for hiring managers to find your resume online. After all, you can’t land an interview if no one reads your resume. When hiring managers search for potential applicants online, they input industry-related keywords into the job site’s search bar. For your resume to populate in the results, you need to include keywords the hiring manager is likely to search. If you can’t think of any, spend some time reading relevant job postings; they often include several industry-related terms you can include.
Start Each Sentence With an Action Verb
Beginning each sentence on your resume with a distinctive action verb increases your chances of getting an interview by 139.6 percent. Most hiring managers don’t want to read a resume that’s filled with soft, generic wording. After all, anybody can claim they’re a team player. Fluff like this doesn’t tell the reader anything about you. Instead, use strong, specific descriptions that begin with an action verb to grab the reader’s attention.
Use Verifiable Facts
Statements don’t mean anything without the stats to back them up. People tend to use generic jargon they think will make them look better, but vague statements usually work against you. Every point you make needs to include the facts to back up the statement. For example, instead of saying you’re a leader, say your leadership helped your sales team exceed its monthly sales goal by 25 percent.
Make Your Resume Visually Attractive
Use colors, borders, and call-out boxes to draw the reader’s attention to important parts of your resume. In addition to highlighting specific points, the uniqueness makes your resume stand out. Just don’t overdo it. It’s still important for your resume to be easy to read and professional-looking.
Include the Website Address to Your LinkedIn Profile
Place the website address for your LinkedIn profile at the top of your resume with your other contact information. This way, the hiring manager has a way to view even more information about you. Be sure to style your LinkedIn profile so it doesn't reiterate the exact same information on your resume. Instead, the two should complement each other. For example, if you have a sentence on your resume that lists an accomplishment, use LinkedIn to expand on it by including more detailed information.
Ultimately, your resume should make you look like a pro and stand out from the crowd. If you create a memorable resume, it’s more likely the hiring manager will choose to interview you.
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