The primary goal of your resume is to market yourself to recruiters and hiring managers. It is a brief advertisement or a “snapshot” of who you are with the intent of securing an interview. It is not an autobiography but a marketing document. Since your resume is the main tool in your employment search, it has to be carefully written.
Employers receive hundreds of resumes when they publish a job opening. Eventually they all start looking the same so your resume must stand out from the rest of the crowd. The key is to focus on not only responsibilities but also accomplishments. Employers are looking for employees that can make a difference in the organization.
There are many creative and professional techniques that you can use. Always make sure it’s brief and to the point, hiring managers don’t have time to read every resume thoroughly and carefully. Be truthful but it is best to have numerous versions of your resume and to customize the wording to fit the job for which you are applying. Use keywords related to that job to help create a stronger connection between your resume and the hiring manager. Put a concise summary and a list of your skills including detailed software skills at the top of your resume so they are easily seen and read.
BigInterview.com created an excellent list of 12 great resume tips. We highly recommend you read them carefully and consider their advice and see how you can improve your resume.
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