Your resume needs to convince an employer of your value and experience as quickly and concisely as possible. Cut out the fluff and be extremely brief. Although digital formats do give you a bit of flexibility, try to keep your resume to a single page. Easier said than done sometimes.
Your schools, job experience, and other qualifications are an important foundation, but what else do you need? The Career Services experts at Career Quest Learning Centers offer up these tips for what you absolutely need to include on your resume:
Your Contact Information
Your name and current contact info should be prominently displayed at the top. Employers should not have to search the page for whose resume they have. It should be clear enough to be seen right away, but not too large to be obnoxious. Not every employer will contact you in the same way, so include your phone number, email, and LinkedIn address right at the top of your resume for easy access.
Choose your words very carefully. Your resume may go through an applicant tracking system that searches for keywords to see if your skills match the job. Pull words directly from the job posting and add them to your resume. You can also choose synonyms; computer software is pretty sophisticated today so whether you lead, head, oversee, run, or spearhead an initiative, your message will still be clear. The more the words on your resume match the skills and qualifications in the job posting, the more likely you’ll get past the electronic system and closer to a human.
Employers want to see that you have experience, especially in your field. What is arguably your most important job, however, is the one you have at the time of your application. Past positions are necessary to pique their interest, but if your current position is also related to what you apply for, that’s what could get you an interview. It doesn’t have to be anything major, but something that says you’re dedicated and determined to advance your career.
Whether it’s something simple like social media knowledge, or more complex like pivot tables skills, small qualifications and technical abilities should always have a spot on your resume. Employers want to know what companies you’ve worked at, but even more important is what you did at them. You can include special skills such as programs you mastered or courses you took within your job description, or you can call them out in their own section. Whichever way you choose, make sure any future employer knows the full extent of your abilities.
Resumes are super important, but they don’t need to be super difficult. Career Quest Learning Centers runs frequent resume workshops to help students create or refine their resumes. To learn more about all our Career Services has to offer our students, give us a call in Mt. Pleasant 877-345-8505, Jackson at 877-365-8144 or Lansing at 877-481-4930.