While you are conducting your job search, it’s in your best interest to review and update your resume regularly. Dissect job descriptions that interest you and modify your resume accordingly. You want to highlight your experiences and skills that reflect the requirements needed for the role you are applying for. The “one-size-fits-all” resume approach isn’t going to help you stand out in a competitive talent landscape. There are plenty of tips for how to write a resume, but sometimes it is hard to narrow down the items that are an absolute necessity. While crafting your tailored resume, keep these five resume tips in mind.
Instead of providing generic information about your work experience and job duties, focus instead on quantifying your accomplishments. Hiring managers want to see the measurable results that you have provided to companies in the past – that way they get a better picture of the potential value you will bring to the table. If you have specific metrics to include in your work history, include it. Especially if these accomplishments are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Training and certifications speak volumes to recruiters and potential employers. These show that you embrace continuous learning and development and that you value investing your time in strengthening your skills. Highlighting these items demonstrate work ethic and dedication to evolving your career. Showcasing certifications and training programs you've participated in could be your competitive advantage that lands you your desired position.
Unfortunately, listing only the company name of an organization you previously worked for doesn’t always indicate the industry or scope of business. Recruiters are often searching for candidates that will be a great cultural fit or who have specific industry experience. If you are able to, include a brief description regarding the nature of business previous employers worked within. Or, another strategy is to hyperlink the company URL in your listed experience. Try to make the recruiter’s job a little easier – you may have the exact experience they are searching for!
Beginning your resume with an objective is a thing of the past. The new strategy is to provide a career summary instead. You can think of this as your personal elevator pitch. Grab a recruiter’s attention by providing a captivating, detailed summary of your background and aspirations. This is your chance to prove you are the solution to their talent needs. Don't forget to tailor these for specific roles you are applying for!
This one might seem like common sense, but it’s easy to overlook details. The last thing you want to do is ruin a strong resume with incorrect contact information. You’ll never hear about job opportunities if they can’t get in touch with you! While you are double-checking your contact information, check your grammar and spelling as well. Nothing is worse than claiming you are a "detail-oriented" candidate, only to overlook the details of your own resume – avoid contradicting yourself. These are common mistakes that aren’t worth losing an opportunity over, so ensure you are editing and carefully reviewing your resume.
Some sources say that the one-page resume strategy is a myth. However, many still argue otherwise. Luckily, there seems to be more flexibility with this piece of advice in today’s job search realm! Ultimately, it comes down to what showcases you as the best candidate possible. If you can condense your relevant experience into one concise page, then do it. However, if you have a long list of work experience and credentials that are relevant to the role you are applying for, don't stress about it overflowing on to an additional page. Your chances of landing the job aren’t going drop immensely because of that detail alone. One strategy for limiting your content could be through an online source. LinkedIn or a personal website is a great way to provide more detail that wouldn’t fit on your resume.
Lexie Murdough is the marketing intern with WilsonHCG. She received her Bachelors in Marketing from the University of Tampa, and recently joined the marketing team after spending seven months interning on the recruitment side of WilsonHCG. She is a graduate student at UT pursuing her MBA, and her passions include traveling, skydiving, spending a day at the beach, and unconditionally loving her cat, Luna.