As an expert in this industry with 2 decades in recruiting, I have the experience in what employers are looking for in a resume. Below are some simple tips for you to stand out from other candidates.

Look for keywords in the job postings

The best place to start when preparing to write a resume is to carefully read the job postings that interest you. As you apply for different jobs, you should study each job description for keywords that show what the employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. Include those keywords in your resume where relevant.

Review resumes for your industry

When crafting your resume, you might study examples of resumes from your industry for inspiration and best practices.

Put the most important information first

While you might have extensive work or educational experience, it’s important to keep your resume as brief as possible without leaving out key information. Hiring managers don’t spend a lot of time reading each resume. Try to include only work experience, achievements, education and skills most relevant to the employer.

Call attention to important achievements

Instead of listing your job duties under the experience section, select your top three or four most important achievements in each role you’ve held. Where possible, include numbers that measure your success for that particular goal or achievement.

List your Social Media Profiles

Many hiring managers today screen candidates on social networks. Save them a step by providing your profile links on your resume. Seasoned applicants with a professional social presence would do well to include URLs for their LinkedIn profile, Twitter account and blog, if applicable.

Proof the resume

Triple check your work. Use word and grammarly.com to help with checking for errors. Hiring managers will at times pass on you based on grammar and spelling errors. The resume is the first impression you have in landing an interview.

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