Aside from aligning with a potential job description, we asked our hiring experts what skills or elements were most impressive to them on a resume. Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, shares, “As we consider college graduates we assess a number of characteristics beyond the technical skills required. Even some of the technical skills can be taught on the job and we value developing our talent.” More from Rachel
What did the hiring experts say caught their attention and how can you stand out from other applicants? Let’s look at 5 impressive skills to include in your resume.
John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, says, “I am impressed when a student has an internship or co-op assignment and, in addition to the basic facts (job title, location, company, responsibilities, etc.), he/she lists concrete accomplishments during that assignment and how those accomplishments furthered the project or work. To me, this demonstrates that the student understood the impact of their work.” More from John
Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, offers, “Showing results opens the door for you to explain to a recruiter or hiring manager the steps you took to help create success. You can use the S.T.A.R. method (give them the Situation, explain the Task, tell them what your Action was, and the Result of your work). Critical thinking or problem-solving often leads to results!” More from Eddie
Kristin, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, says, “I am always impressed when I see longevity with a company coupled with progressing advancement within the organization. It is a telltale sign that the organization most likely views this person as a high performer and as such has rewarded them with increasing levels of responsibility.” More from Kristin
Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, shares, “I like to see leadership experience outside of the work environment, as well. Officer positions with student groups while in college, committee leadership, or project leadership for non-profit organizations. It shows me that this person brings a lot of potential, not just for the position we are considering them for today, but for the future.” More from Emily
John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, says, “I am impressed with students who have paid a significant part, or all, of their college tuition by working while going to college. Additionally impressive is when they maintain a great GPA in the process. That signifies to me that the student has worked hard and earned his/her way.” More from John
Highlighting your accomplishments (and not just a list of previous positions) is a great way to show your efficacy and competence as a candidate! Incorporate your technical skills and interpersonal skills to showcase yourself as a well-rounded individual who has the potential to grow in the company. This is a surefire way to make sure you stand out in a stack of resumes!