As employer expectations and market standards and constantly changing, it can be a challenge to get your resume noticed by employers. Showcasing your relevant skills and achievements in an effective and professional way is going to make a lasting impression and allow you to stand out amongst the crowd.
In this article I provide you with 5 tips to get your resume noticed by employers.
Customise your resume to each application
If you want to grab the hiring managers attention, tailoring your resume to the job description is key. Before responding to a job posting, review the advertisement to see what credentials are important. Once you determine your top selling skills and experience, you will be ready to customise your resume to meet the employers needs. The most efficient way to create customised resumes is to develop one general resume and then tweak it for each job opportunity.
Provide a tailored cover letter
A cover letter is the introduction to your resume and is generally the first point of contact. It gives you the chance to show some personality and demonstrate that you have researched the company and understand exactly what they are looking for in a candidate. A cover letter is the perfect opportunity to fill in the blanks left on your resume and describe how your experience benefits them.
As many businesses are now utilising Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS Software) in their recruitment process, if you don’t include keywords your resume may not get in the hands of the hiring manager. I’d suggest incorporating these words into your career profile, employment history, skills summary and any other part of your document that is appropriate.
Simplify your resume
Your resume is a snapshot of your experience and shouldn’t be longer than 2 – 3 pages long. Ensure the document is easy to read and has a lot of white space. Your resume needs to be clear and concise, displaying short, sharp bullet points. Employers prefer a ‘chronological format.’ In this type of resume your experience is listed in chronological order with your current or most recent job listed first.
Focus on your achievements and results
If you want to increase your chances of being called in for an interview, rather than producing a resume that shows your responsibilities as a job description, provide quantifiable and measurable accomplishments. Dollar amounts, timespans, volume, and percentages are all great ways to quantify your achievements on a resume.
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