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5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

February 26, 2015

You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job. 
There’s only one problem….

Hundreds if not thousands of other people will find this job perfect as well. You know that if you can get to the interview round then you’ve got a legitimate chance to earn the role. Your resume is vital to winning an interview and the job. Is your resume any good? Here are 5 ways to improve your resume today.

1. Your resume should only be one page. - Sue a hiring expert from Gap

Opinions on the length of a resume greatly vary. Some people say that a resume over one page for an entry-level position isn't a bad thing. Others, like our hiring experts, suggest that entry-level applicants should keep their resume to one page. While it may not hurt to go over a single page, it will probably be unnecessary for the entry-level position you’re applying to. The experience, work history and additional credentials you want to highlight should be able to fit onto a single page. Be safe and stick to a well worded, one page resume.

2. Give a detailed account of your job responsibilities. - Kellie a hiring expert from Emerson

While a job title is important to include on your resume, it often times does not give a full account of what your role was at that company. Be sure to highlight every relevant responsibility that you were tasked with in your previous position. Giving intricate details of your job responsibilities will be a great way to compensate for a lackluster title. And, highlighting these responsibilities illustrate your experience, which may align well with the new job you’re applying for.

3. Use keywords from the job posting in your resume. - Dana a hiring expert at ManpowerGroup

Sometimes your resume is put into a digital database once it’s received by a potential employer. That database will conduct a search of the resumes using keywords from the job posting. If your resume lacks those keywords it will not come up in the search results. Also, using keywords and buzzwords from the job posting will mimic the words being used at the organization and could attract a hiring manager reviewing your resume.

4. List any leadership positions you’ve had in volunteer organizations. - Emily a hiring expert at Fifth Third Bank

Companies are looking for leaders. They want individuals with drive that want to grow and learn. If you have experience running or working with volunteer organizations, then list them on your resume. It tells the hiring manager more about your personality, and it demonstrates you have skills that go beyond your work history. It also highlights the fact that you’re engaged and invested in your community.

5. Mention if you worked through college to pay for school.  - John a hiring expert from DuPont

Many people have to work while earning their undergraduate or graduate degree. Hiring managers really attach to that kind of work ethic. It shows a potential employer that you are willing to work hard, and you’ll do whatever it takes to reach your goals. Also, working while going to school requires discipline and a firm grasp on time management. Both these characteristics are invaluable in entry-level hires.

Remember that your resume is a first introduction with a hiring manager and potential employer. If your resume includes these five elements, you will most likely start to see yourself invited to more interviews and increase your potential to successfully earn employment.

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