How to Get your Résumé Noticed

We all know there’s no such thing as a perfect resume document.  There are so many rules that even recruiters can’t agree on what you should or shouldn’t include.  However, you can follow this basic resume rule to make your resume shine and stand out! This rule is too add a core competencies portion on your resume.  By creating a core competency section on your resume, it can be an immediate way for the hiring manager to get a sense of your areas of expertise.

The core competencies piece on a resume is hugely valuable.  The reason being is it quickly gives the reader a quick checklist to aid in assessing if the candidate is a match for the position.  I would recommend you write your top core competencies and ensure to list no more than nine skills. Don’t have a lengthy list of competencies as they will overpower the reader.  In addition, the hiring manager will more likely than not read through the entire list of skills.


Now how do you choose which are your top skills? The skills you list should be based on your top skills that are relevant to your career goal.  Are you unsure of which skills are most relevant to you and your industry?  Take the time to review a few job listings in order to decide on the requirements. Next you will balance those requirements with your professional expertise.  Finally you will take that list and measure it to a list of nine core competencies.

Don’t forget as you apply to different organizations and positions, you will ensure to take the time to customize the list of core competencies in order to meet the needs of each position you apply to.

These core competencies are important since these are the words the hiring managers are looking for when they perform their search.  Pay attention to the list of core competencies you choose as your resume may be overlooked it these specific keywords are not listed on your resume.

The “prime real estate” on your resume is usually the top half of the first page of your resume. Since the majority of hiring managers typically spend 8 seconds or less scanning a resume, prior to them placing it in a “yes” or “no” pile.  The reason they take so little time in reviewing resumes is because they often have stacks of career documents to review for one position. However there is a way to make your chances of landing in the “yes” pile! Take your time in deciding what to place in your “prime real estate”.


Here is an exercise to perform and think about.  I challenge you to print your resume out and fold it in half.  Now look at the top half of your resume.  With the bottom half not showing, would a hiring manager have enough data to make an informed decision about you and your background? Where do you think you stand?  Do you think your resume will end up in the “yes” or “no” pile?  This doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of your career document will be overlooked.  However the content of your prime real estate could make all the difference!





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