Answered by Suzi, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Congratulations on receiving your masters degree!
As with all job applicants, preparation of your resume is key! Each resume should be customized specifically for the job you're applying for, and each resume submitted should reflect your latest/greatest accomplishments, using terms that recruiters and hiring managers will find appealing. Additional resume prep actions include:
- soften the titles listed on your resume (i.e. using "senior manager" rather than "Vice President"), to avoid being considered over-qualified;
- list all courses/certifications to show your willingness to learn and keep your skill set updated;
- definitely include any computer/technical skills relevant to the type of job you are applying for;
- emphasize your results and achievements! List any accomplishments that set you apart from other applicants.
Keep in mind that recruiters may receive hundreds of applications for a single posting. Many utilize keyword search criteria, when reviewing new applications, to qualify applicants for further review and consideration. Invest some time in learning relevant "buzz-words" for your targeted role(s), or utilize the specific skills set forth in the job description(s) on your resume. The additional effort may just pay off in increased visibility with hiring managers and recruiters.
Best of luck with your journey!!