Your Resume Speaks Volumes
It’s critical to your job hunting success to take the writing of your resume seriously. Your resume is the first thing a potential employer sees and therefore, it’s the first impression they will have of you.
Three Essentials for Every Resume
Who do you work for and who have you worked for in the past?
What notable recognitions have you earned?
What value can you add to your potential employer?
Your achievements and what’s in it for them
If, in your career, you can demonstrate recognition on behalf of your skills and work ethic, you will go a long way in impressing a potential employer. Again, they have a need, and they’re looking for someone who can fill it. An employer’s need goes beyond just putting somebody into a position, there is always a bigger picture.
For example, if you’re applying for a position as a network admin, you want to ask why they need you. Sure, you’ll manage the network, but what does this do for the company, their growth, their profits, etc. When you can show that you’ve been not only a skilled worker but somebody that understands the bigger picture, you will have a much greater chance of moving to the top of the pile.
One thing that every potential hiring executive looks for in a resume is the candidate’s employment history. They want to know who you’ve worked for and for how long. When an employer looks at the employment history, they’re looking for certain items that will stand out for them and make you look good. These items include:
A history of work that is related to the job you’re applying for now
The length of time you worked for each company. The longer the better. Many jobs with short terms are a big red flag.
A list of qualifications and tasks performed that is, once again, related to what they want you to do for them.
A solid blend of skills and stability that will benefit them. Remember, in the end, they’re hiring you to fulfill their needs, not yours.
Write it from Their Perspective
When you’re writing your resume, do so from the standpoint of the employer. Give them what they want, not necessarily what you want. In other words, from your personal statement to your work history to your education to any mention of special skills or achievements, write it in a way that sells.
Yes, we’ve used a dirty word, but selling is key. Sell them on you and that you are the right person, the best person, for this job. . Learn how to sell yourself, how to meet and exceed their needs and you’ll find that your level of job acquisition success will be much improved.
When you write your opening goals statement, don’t’ say “I hope to attain a position at your company.” Say instead something like, “My goal is to provide you with top-level programming skills that will strengthen your operational integrity, enhance your mobile interactions and provide a better level of connectivity with customers.”