Why You Need a Great Resume
1.According to Career Expert Cheronda Jones, your resume communicates your qualifications and your brand—who you are and what makes you different—to employers and recruiters. In a tough job market, you need a resume that helps you stand out in a sea of applicants.
A great resume:
- Grabs the attention of employers and recruiters
- Sells your strongest skills and accomplishments
- Shows why you’re a potential match for a position or project
- Communicates both your current capabilities and future potential
- Helps you take the next step in your career
- And most importantly, gets you the interview!
- Before you get started, it's important to know that resume writing has changed considerably in recent years. Because of fierce competition for jobs and other factors, there's now a much stronger emphasis on marketing.
Top Resume Strategies
It’s easy to create a resume that looks like everyone else’s. But to win that interview, you need to go further. Here are four strategies that take you beyond the standard, cookie-cutter resume and get you noticed.
- Sell yourself and your brand. Make it easy for employers to pick you. Communicate who you are, what you offer, and what makes you different from other applicants.
- Identify your transferable skills. Your transferable skills are a major selling point that sets you apart from other job seekers. Make sure you know yours.
- Highlight your accomplishments. Anyone can list duties and responsibilities, but accomplishments give you credibility. They also help your resume come alive.
- Use keywords effectively. The specific words you use in your resume are critical for communicating your value, both electronically and in print.
- Follow the strategies above, and you’ll have a unique and powerful resume. Better yet, when your hear “Why should we hire you?” at an interview, you’ll be ready with answers!