What's on your resume? Your job history, your contact information — what else? Check out my top tips on how to take what you love to do and translate them into skills worthy of your resume — and how to make that resume sparkle enough to warrant an interview.
- List key results under a summary of your responsibilities for each position instead of just a list of responsibilities. Though obviously not applicable for all career paths, wherever possible use dollar amounts. (Ex. Saved $20K due to process improvements, totaled over $500K in gross sales revenue in past year, etc.)
- Include a skill set section at the top of your resume, so that when a recruiter or hiring manager looks at it, they only have to read a few lines to get a sense of what kind of professional you are - and be hooked in enough to keep reading for more details. Think of it as a summary of your best professional attributes. Labeled Key Proficiencies or similar, it should be bullet pointed, tailored to the job description that you are apply for, and concise. Which takes us to number 3.
- Brainstorm your best skills — not only those directly relating to your career but also those skills you acquired outside of work. If you volunteer regularly and coordinate other volunteers while you build houses, or dish out dinner at the soup kitchen, that can be parlayed into supervisory skills. Plan the annual family reunion for 100 relatives? Consider whether it would behoove you to include a mention of your event planning skills.
- If you have a bachelor's degree (or no degree) the rule is to keep it to one page. Have a Master's or J.D.? Congratulations, you get two. Without much space, fitting it all in can be a challenge... But, don't leave any gaps by cutting any mention of jobs that you don't think matter to your potential employer. The job may not matter — but the perception that you were out of the workforce for several years will. Instead list the job, and a brief summary — and move on.