4 Tips for Creating a Get You Noticed Resume
1. Tailor your resume to the job and the company.
Think you can send the same resume to everyone? No two companies or jobs are alike, even in the same industry, so carefully review job descriptions and research the companies. A key area to leverage in the job description is the “qualifications” and/or “skills required” section. Take advantage of this “insider information” and align your prior experiences and skill sets with the core competencies the firm seeks. After completing your research and reviewing the job description to the extent you fully understand the position, rewrite your resume so that it’s relevant.
2. Don’t talk about your responsibilities, instead showcase your accomplishments?
The bullets on your resume should focus on accomplishments, not responsibilities. It’s your achievements that matter; never include a description with “Responsible for…, Tasked with….” Showcase your impact and skills, use strong verbs like “earned,” “analyzed,” “led,” “directed,” “created,” “instituted,” etc.
3. Stake your claim and give credit where credit is due.
Quantify your accomplishments and show proof of how you have been a value add in the organizations where you have worked. Example: “Researched target markets for VP of Marketing on new product initiative versus the more compelling statement; “Identified the 30% of customers who generate 70% of annual revenue campaigns totaling $80 million in media expenditures.”
4. Add a personal touch with skills and interests.
The rules of relevance and significance apply here; only include interests where you have major accomplishments or involvement. For example, just because you occasionally attend a concert “jazz enthusiast” is not a solid interest. However, if you sit on the Board of Directors of a jazz preservationist group, or teach jazz history in local schools and raised funds for a jazz music education, then by all means, list jazz enthusiast. If you do not have relevant interests to include on your resume, you may want to think about diversifying your activities and exploring new hobbies.