Resumes are the filters that keep you from the hiring manager. By having an average resume that lists the same old information, you will probably not get a chance to showcase your strengths during the interview process.
However, by incorporating important language into your resume or your cover letter, you are more likely to grab the attention of the person who is responsible for looking over resumes as a large portion of her job.
Here are some key attributes that you should list on your resume.
1. Information that is Relevant to the Job
The best thing that you can do for your resume is to list information that is specifically relevant to the job. Ideally, you can list this information under the professional experience or educational information. Otherwise, you can list it in the skills section. For example, if you are applying for a job in retail, you will want to list information about your previous positions where you worked with customers or clients. If you are applying for a secretary position, you will want to list your words per minute information. List computer programs with which you are familiar and any certifications you have received for a computer programming position.
2. Ability to Work Well with Others
Many jobs will require that you work with other individuals. Even if you telecommute, you will likely have to discuss your progress and your assignments with other individuals. List any jobs that you have that required you to work in customer service. This skill is associated with many jobs, including babysitting, retail positions, working as a waiter, newspaper delivery position and a plethora of professional positions.
3. Technological Skills
Most jobs will require you to be able to use a computer, whether it is part of a daily task or an occasional task. Even if the job does not technically require computer skills, you will impress the hiring manager with your greater level of competency. Furthermore, having these skills can help a hiring manager believe that you will be suitable for a promotion down the line. List the social networking sites that you are familiar with using if this information is relevant to your job. Include computer programs with which you are familiar. Include website creation, writing skills, SEO experience or other relevant computer-related tasks and abilities.
4. Leadership Skills
While leadership may not seem like a skill that every applicant needs, by adding this quality, you can make your resume stand out. Be sure that you list your actual accomplishments that showed leadership under your professional experience category.
For example, list that you headed a new department or that you made the largest number of sales in your department. This information is more helpful for hiring managers to know than that you organized documents or made client calls. If you can’t showcase leadership in your professional experience category, sprinkle it in other portions of your resume.
For example, you can list clubs, organizations, charitable organizations or other volunteer work that you have completed that shows that you took initiative.
For example, if you started a recycling program in your committee, this shows that you can take charge of a situation. Also important is the fact that you were an officer or other person in a leadership position for one of these clubs.
5. Multi-Tasking Skills
Gone is the phrase “not in my job description.” Today, workers are expected to be able to consider their position as fluid, able to work in a variety of departments in a number of capacities. Even if you do have a specific list of tasks in your job description, there is likely a “additional duties as assigned” language in your employment contract that can require you to go beyond the traditional scope of your job.
Showcase your ability to handle a variety of tasks by listing this information under your work experience tabs and your skills tabs. You can also add dates to your resume if you prefer to show that you were in an educational program at the same time that you were working. By adding particular attributes to your resume, you can showcase your strengths and ensure that you have what the company is looking for.
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