Craft a resume that puts your best foot forward this year! Whether you’re putting one together for the first time or updating your current version, our experts have some great advice on creating a killer resume.
Where to Start
Linda, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., shares, “It's important to remember that your resume is a document that markets you to companies. It isn’t an employment application. I find the best resumes are the ones that tell more about an applicant’s accomplishments and not just a list of skills and job duties. Your accomplishments reflect your work behaviors that you bring to each job. Think about quantifying your accomplishments to allow people to easily see what you can add to their team. Quantifying can be time and money saved on the job by your actions.” More from Linda
Roohi, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., suggests, “If you are creating your resume from scratch, it may be good to use a site that will put together a general format for you to get your job history organized. You can then personalize and adjust it as you see fit. Remember to include any information about you that you would like a recruiter or hiring manager to know. Let's say for example your background is in finance but now you'd like to switch gears and move into a marketing role. Put a one-liner at the top or a couple of sentences to summarize your goals so the person reviewing your resume knows why you applied for the role.” More from Roohi
Structure For The Role
Elliana, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., shares her insight for structuring your resume. She says, “Resumes can be constructed in many different ways depending on the job you are looking for. For entry-level jobs right out of college, if the role requires some sort of education, put that first so recruiters can see it. If you are applying for a more experienced role, put your experience that is relevant to the role you are applying to at the top. It’s perfectly okay to have multiple versions of a resume! Different jobs have different requirements, so tailor your resume to what best suits the role.” More from Elliana
Katelyn, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, agrees with Elliana, saying, “My best advice when applying for jobs is to tailor your resume to the job description. While there are necessary sections to include on your resume - work experience, education, phone number/email - not all Hiring Managers and Recruiters are looking for the same thing. Hiring Managers and Recruiters are looking for keywords, qualifications, education requirements and experience that matches what they are hiring for. For example, if you are applying to a Social Media Coordinator and a Marketing Analyst role, while in a similar function, they actually require two different skill sets and it would be important to highlight the desired skill set in your resume. In addition, putting the desired skills, experience and etc. towards the top of your resume will help draw the Recruiter or Hiring Manager's attention. To highlight the desired skills, experience, software or etc., you can include it in a ‘Career Objective’ section or a ‘Relevant Professional Experience’ section near the top of your resume.” More from Katelyn
One last piece of advice is to do a careful proofread of your resume and ask a friend or mentor to look at it as well. There’s nothing that undercuts your professional skills and accomplishments more than careless mistakes.
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