Enhance your resume with this advice
The art of writing a good resume has evolved over time. The days of using the same old one-page resume for multiple job applications are over. Today’s resumes are competing in an online environment where the competition is strong! These days, resumes are expected to be carefully tailored to the job application and optimized for resume scanning systems.
If you are just getting started with your first resume, the Salter School offers some key resume-writing advice in our article How Do I Write a Resume. From there, you can enhance your resume even further by trying out the latest recommendations on resume-writing below:
1. LinkedIn should support your resume
Your resume is more than a piece of a paper. Your resume should be just one part of your personal marketing materials. LinkedIn is a terrific platform to create a more detailed account of your career accomplishments and interests. It has become a “go-to” site for hiring managers to use when considering job candidates. For tips on creating a successful LinkedIn profile, try 6 Tips for a Great LinkedIn Profile.
2. Market yourself with your summary statement
In the past, people wrote objective statements that were usually simple statements about seeking a position in their career field. But lately, people are using summary statements instead of objective statements. These summaries serve as a mission statement that defines what makes you a valuable professional. For example, instead of saying “I am a medical assistant seeking a position in a pediatrics office,” your summary statement might say: “Medical assistant committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to pediatric patients.”
3. Emphasize your soft skills
Resumes are typically focused on hard skills, in other words, the specific career skills and experience that are required by the job. These days, employers are also seeking out people with strong soft skills. These skills might include work ethic, positive attitude, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. Try to incorporate these soft skills into the descriptions within your resume, as well as in your cover letter.
4. Be strategic about keywords
Applicant tracker systems still use keywords to screen resumes that are submitted online. For each job you apply for, read the job posting carefully. Identify the key content words and be sure to integrate them into your resume and cover letter. Make sure you keep it sounding natural. If a hiring manager ends up reading it, you don’t want it to sound like a list of boring overused keywords. Taking the time to work on your keywords could give your application a better chance of making it past the resume scanning system and into the hands of a hiring manager.
5. Highlight your technology skills
Nearly every job requires familiarity with technology. Employers want to hire people who are comfortable with the industry’s technology and willing to keep their tech skills current. Use your resume to highlight your strengths in technology, especially if it’s one of the job requirements listed in the job ad.
6. Get some volunteer experience
Including volunteer experience on your resume can give your resume a boost. It shows the hiring manager that you have interests outside of your career and that you are willing to give time to a good cause.
Keeping up with these resume writing tips can help you write a stronger resume. Also, be sure to visit your Career Services department to get feedback and advice on your resume, cover letter, and job search strategy. Here’s wishing you all the best!