What does your resume need to stand out?
Writing an eye-catching resume can be a daunting task for anyone entering the job market in UAE, USA, or any other country these days. There are as many opinions about what or what not to include as there are jobs in companies available. Thousands of jobs in every area are available. Each of us presents a different profile to showcase. Therefore it is not a one-size-fits-all approach when creating a winning resume. There are some things you can do to ensure yours is a standout resume.
1. Go easy on the key words – For the past several years, we have been told to stuff our resumes with searchable keywords to ensure we got a callback. The result, too many boilerplate resumes are looking suspiciously overrated. I am not suggesting you ditch the keywords altogether. Use moderation and be sure it is content to back them up.
2. Customized resume – This trend continues to be critical to a successful job search. A personalized resume forces you to think about what the employer needs and how you will meet those needs. The employer views you as a problem solver.
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3. Showcase your brand – Employers are eager to know what makes you unique, above and beyond the hundreds of other applicants applying. Your resume should call out what you are known for in your area of specialization.
4. ROI is critical – Link your brand to your ROI. Hiring is expensive, and employers want to be convinced that bringing you onboard is a good investment. Include accomplishments that show how you saved or helped the company make money. If you can’t come up with monetary examples, look for other ways to quantify such as process improvements, improved customer service, or timesaving methods. Nevertheless, do not embellish or exaggerate your achievements in order to improve your chances of landing that dream job. These days, most companies perform a background check on potential employees in order to verify that they do not have any criminal records and to ensure that their qualifications and achievements are credible. Therefore, if you get caught providing false information on your resume, it can not only affect your chances of getting the job but also severely hamper your reputation.
5. Make it mobile-friendly – More and more of us are conducting business from our smartphones. HR is no exception. Test out your resume text to be sure it reads quickly on your mobile phone.
6. Call out boxes – Encapsulate the essential information within a box border. These can be used to highlight your brand statement. They are useful in drawing the reader’s eye to key marketing messages. Be sure to use them sparingly!
7. Show don’t tell – Employers want to know what you have achieved and could care less about your laundry list of job responsibilities. Consider a separate section near the top of your resume entitled, ‘Career Highlights’ to showcase quantifiable achievements that demonstrate how you contributed to the bottom line. Your resume should never read like a job description.
8. Resume etiquette – Before you update your resume, be sure to check out this infographic, Do’s, and Don’ts For A Modern Resume.