The Write Stuff
There is a formula to blending art and science to create an impactful, results generating resume. The trick is incorporating targeted keywords which are relevant to your career pursuits into your document while making it easy to scan, parse, read, and comprehend for recruiters who may be filtering through dozens - or even hundreds - of resumes for a single job. How to make yours stand out? Well, we can't give away all our trade secrets, however, here are some essential tips:
Your resume should be visually distinctive - in a good way. Make it interesting without being ostentatious. Make it stand out and be eye catching and organize your information effectively. Modest use of color and interesting formatting elements are no longer verboten, but you must be careful not to render your resume ATS (Applicant Tracking System) incompatible with certain usage of boxes, columns, or other interesting but complicating features.
Organize your thoughts and information clearly, concisely, but with impact. Highlight key accomplishments first, followed by essential functions. Recruiters and hiring managers are more interested in the impact you made rather than the mundane daily aspects of your job.
Our clients often fail to see the forest for the trees. They get stuck in the monotony of their daily functions and they ignore the big picture. That's where having an expert who can decipher the appropriate level of specificity can be advantageous. But, for your own purposes, don't assume a prospective employer will know the exact nature of your job or previous employer. Spell out things which may not be common knowledge. Also, to jump start your writing, scan the job description for your current or most recent job - if available - and use that to inspire your bullets.
On that same note, be sure that you've highlighted how you've done what the job you're applying to requires. Do a deep-dive scan of the job description and ensure those functions are highlighted within your resume.
Format & Flow
The most common style of resume in play today is a "Hybrid" which combines a chronological list of your experience with your relevant skills and areas of experience.
Our resumes typically incorporate the following:
For more insight and information, please contact us for a complimentary critique of your existing resume.