Nothing elicits writer’s block quite like having to summarize your professional accomplishments in a concise and meaningful way. As a recruiter, I’ve seen it all in resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
Here are a few ways you can make sure your application stands out:
1. Include information about the companies you’ve worked for.
Many jobs are industry specific and you can inadvertently be passed over if a recruiter doesn’t realize that you have been working for a company in the same space. You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you can include one sentence that describes each employer’s business focus. This is especially true for large companies with many divisions.
2. Be sure to list metrics, projects, and achievements instead of generic responsibilities.
Mundane duties and tasks and do not stand out on a resume. “Provided excellent customer service” is one that comes to mind. Instead, say something like, “Received Best Customer Service Award for 3 consecutive months” or “Resolved customer disputes related to pricing misinformation, product defects, and shipping delays.” For sales, you’ll need to have your quota and achievement listed for every job. Bonus points breaking it down into new business and existing accounts. For event planning, you’ll need to describe budgets, attendees, and vendors.
3. Don’t forget your “Skills” section.
This is essential particularly for IT. Hiring managers and recruiters are unlikely to read your resume word for word, so make it easy for them to understand why you’re qualified. Software platforms, specific sales techniques, operating systems, regulatory knowledge and the like should all be included in a bulleted list at the top of your resume.
You’ve got less than three minutes to make a first impression. Good luck!