Your resume is a marketing tool that communicates all about YOU. When it works, you win an interview! Is your resume working for you? Your resume doesn’t simply provide a prospective employer with your professional work history. It speaks that you have the qualifications needed to be a complete success in the new position and career!
Your resume will and should ATTRACT the immediate attention of the hiring manager. The reader will want to pick it up and read it top to bottom. Their peeked interest should be stimulated and in the end, an interview will be given!
Your resume should include:
- Your contact information, such as; name, address, phone, email address and LinkedIn profile link
- Career Summary
- Professional Work History
- Educational Background
RESUME APPEARANCE IS IMPERATIVE
A hiring manager may have hundreds of dull and boring resumes to sift through. Having said that, when something catches their eye, it must really pop out at them! Your resume should impress within the first 5 to 8 seconds or it will not impress at all! Employers almost always quickly scan all resumes and then grab for those that catch their eye the best.
You want to write a really effective and visually appealing resume. When you do so, you will use powerful statements that will impress. This is very important, and yet you don’t want to oversell! There is a very fine line here and you will learn all about it. Above all, you will make honest statements about yourself. They will be strong statements and 100% true, or they will not be effective at all.
HOW TO IMPRESS THE EMPLOYER
First off, who do you think you are writing this resume for? Your prospective employer will be the one who oversees the day to day operations of the company you want to join. They are the ones who make the hiring decisions and they are entirely invested in ensuring that you are the right one for the job. This person will care about whether or not you can do a great job for that organization and so this is the one you are writing your resume for!
You want to make certain you’re the right candidate for the position. You want to be sure you know everything there is to know about this company. You want to understand exactly, which qualities are needed to be the right candidate for the job. But above all, you want to be sure you are not a good candidate for this position, but rather you are the BEST candidate for the job!
GET IT WRITE
This is the time to put pen to paper and to lay out clearly what your prospective employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. You should be able to solidify what it is that you bring to the table, even before you begin. Write down every fine point about your career training and experiences, your unique distinctiveness, special talents, even your attitude. What exactly is it that shows you’re most qualified for the position you’re seeking?
You will soon start to be able to connect the dots during this process. Simple and straightforward statements will turn into sentences and sentences will turn into paragraphs. Keep this information in a safe place. You will use it later to be incorporated into your finished product.
ELEMENTS OF A RESUME THAT WILL IMPRESS
The trick to an ideal resume contains powerful and assertive statements about your talents, characteristics and accomplishments. No need to be shy. You are going for the gold so sell yourself with all that is in you!
The next ingredient of a perfect resume will show “you know your stuff” and know it well! This will be proven by education, experience, work history and any other relevant affiliations that shows the prospective employer that you are a person of substance and not only of design. Keep in mind that the more standard resume will simply be a chronological account of a very boring life and most people will not give it a second glance. Write your resume to be interesting and even impressive and watch as your phone rings for that important interview!
You should write a resume that does much more than just inform; you will write a resume that compels to action! Your resume will become as a good bargaining tool! Your prospective employer will be interested and will stand up and take notice, and this is exactly what you want! Ensure you’re bold about your assertive statements, but not too bold. Leave them wanting for more. Tease a bit with nuggets of information and let them be interested to know more. Just as you would sell any product that you believe strongly in, you will learn to sell the product that is you! Once you have learned to do this, you will find that you will get a better response from a prospective employer than other prospects do and even those with better credentials. It is all in how you market your product, YOU!
If you still have any questions regarding the resume process feel free to drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you!
Dannielle Ramos Rash is an Army Veteran and Founder of First Class Resumes & Career Services. http://www.first-classresumes.com/ She is a Certified Federal Job Search Trainer (CFJST), Certified Federal Career Coach (CFCC), Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Dannielle provides dynamic resumes & career documents for job seekers around the globe.