Keys to a Great Résumé.

January 27, 2012 by edotgdot

Unlock the door to your new career by following these tips.


Need to brush up your résumé sooner rather than later? Consider these key tips that could make a significant difference in your job search. I cannot stress this enough: recruiters only have a 10 seconds or less to look at your resume. It is a sales tool, not a novel. Make it pop. Stand out. Before you include work experience, consider creating two new sections on your résumé that will draw the eye of your prospective employer.


Include keywords: If you are applying for a job asking for certain skills, include a section underneath your name that is called “Areas of Expertise” or “Qualifications.” This section is simply a list of key terms such as  “Management” or  “Accounting” or whatever other buzz words apply to your career path: entertainment, event management, advising, retail, and coaching. And if you are on the technical side, include any of the software programs on the first page so that the hiring manager has the opportunity to see your qualifications at first glance. Last, if you are interested in a particular position, review the job description first and then tailor your résumé to that role. Use similar phrasing and words to match what the company is looking for in prospective candidates (without being too obvious).


Key accomplishments: Think about your major accomplishments throughout your career. Pick three. Perhaps you organized a large-scale event or you worked with impressive clients or you saved your company billions of dollars. Name drop, quantify, be specific, and illustrate what you have done. Yes that’s it: brag, boast, and think big. Maybe you haven’t had the chance to succeed in your current role as you did in the past. No problem. Include your Key Accomplishments before your work experience. Wow recruiters before they read further.


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