Tip number one is all about your profile or summary and that’s the first section on your resume that potential employers will see so you want to make sure that it’s short and sweet yet informative and it should only be about two or three bullet points. It should also emphasize your technical background not your soft skills. For example if you were a designated accountant looking for a new opportunity you’d probably start your first sentence something like this,” I am a designated CPA with strong financial reporting and planning experience in large public companies within the technology and healthcare industries”. That would be your first bullet point then your second bullet point would then emphasize more of the software skills and the technical skills that you have. You could say something like, “I possess strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel ASAP and Oracle”.
Tip number two is all about mirroring your work experience to the job that you’re applying for. Mirroring your experience means looking at the job description and asking yourself if you have the same duties, experience, qualifications that the ad is asking for you to have. If you don’t then you do want to ask yourself if this is appropriate for you to be applying for this role at this point in time maybe you need to keep staying at your current job and try to see if there is any way that you can take on some duties that match up to the ideal job that you want to apply for. If you do already have some of the experience then you don’t really need to worry about this tip it’s just another check that you need to make.
Tip number three is all about highlighting the buzzwords and using them while you’re writing your work experience and describing your job descriptions in your resume. You want to first look at the job description in detail, take a highlighter and start highlighting the exact keywords and buzzwords that the job is asking for because what you’re gonna do is then take those same buzzwords and keywords and then match them onto your resume. Start to formulate your sentences based on what the job description is about when the hiring manager actually looks at your resume they can see that there’s a clear indication that you are good match for the role because your experience matches up to the role.
Tip number four speak in the hiring managers language not your own and this is pretty much an extension of tip number three. You really want to mimic the words that are used in the job description because when a potential employer reads your resume they want to read it in a way that it’s quick it’s easy. Really they’re just skimming it they’re not even reading it and so they want to make sure that they pick up on the keywords that they require for this job so if you are able to catch on to those buzzwords and incorporate them in the phrases that you put on your cv for your job experience then that’s only going to help you. For example if a job description says something like prepare financial statements then you’re gonna put it in your cv and you’re going to say prepare financial statements on a monthly quarterly and yearly basis so you’re just finishing off the sentence and giving it a little bit more detail and tailoring it to your specific background and experience.
Tip number five is all about your accomplishments this is an area that we find is key to really standing out from other candidates in a job search process and a lot of people don’t even bother putting in their accomplishments for whatever reason. So you want to be different, you want to reflect and actually think about your most recent accomplishments in your current role, your most recent role, and in your previous roles. An accomplishment is anything where you’ve saved time saved money improved processes improve profitability anything that’s helped your company or department in some shape or form and ideally that is quantifiable.
Tip number six is an extension of tip number five and it’s about being job specific about your accomplishments. What that means is you shouldn’t be listing your accomplishments in one major section on your resume what that does is it confuses employers and potential hiring managers because they can’t tie back the exact accomplishment to the role that you’ve accomplished them in.
Tip number seven is all about quantification, quantify, quantify, quantify wherever possible specifically again relating to your accomplishments. If you’ve been able to save time, save money, improve some sort of process that’s resulted in some sort of quantifiable results then you definitely want to indicate that.
Tip number eight relates to using bullets and not paragraphs, writing lengthy tales of your job duties and lumping together your sentences on your resume it’s not going to get you close to getting an interview.
Tip number nine, explain your job experience on your resume in a similar way to how you would explain your job if you’re talking to your grandmother and that means keep it simple you don’t want to start going all complicated and start throwing in acronyms all over the place that people don’t understand. Instead if it’s a project that you’ve worked on that you’re proud of and you want to indicate it on your resume, then just simply describe what the project was about, what did it result in, what did you do, what was your role, but don’t get into oh I worked with these X number of teams and name all the teams and discuss the titles of the people that you dealt.