The first thing that most people that have the power to hire you will see will be your resume, and if it doesn’t catch their eye, and meet the criteria they have set, you will quickly be pushed aside for the next candidate.
There are some simple things you can do to make your resume stand out while still getting across any point you want to make about your abilities, interests or value.
Give Proof of Your Abilities – Find ways to talk about the things you have done in a quantifiable way. Things like “improved monthly sales by twenty-five percent” will help potential employers know the positive effect you can have on their business.
Use Relevant Keywords – As a network administrator, placing exactly which versions of software I have used, as well as which operating systems can allow human resources to pick out the words that they have been told to look for.
Customize it for Each Potential Job – If you are creating a stock resume and sending it out everywhere, then you won’t create any connection between you and the job you are applying to, and you will be passed over, despite any skills you might have. Employers don’t want to hire people that are lazy.
Don’t List Everything – You don’t need to list all of your high school jobs, or summer jobs. Instead, pick the most important ones, and list three or four. They don’t need your entire job history. They need to find out if you would be a good fit for the position they have open.
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