Before you land a job, you will need to land an interview. You can do this by delivering a solid resume that checks all the boxes. As you piece together your resume, keep in mind to maintain organization, relativity, and uniqueness.
Here is a resume checklist:
- Grammar & Formatting
Proper grammar and formatting help hiring managers read through your resume quickly. If they cannot gain any insight into you as a candidate, let alone understand your resume, they will not spend time trying to figure it out. Assemble a simple, to-the-point resume that is clear to read to keep you in their consideration.
- A Complete Header
At the top of your resume, the header should include your first and last name, phone number, professional email, and mailing address. Once you submit your resume, this information will come in handy when moving forward with the next steps.
Underneath your header, include a concise summary. Give 3 to 5 sentences highlighting your essence as a professional tying in your key qualifications associated with the job. According to Indeed.com, you are 2X more likely to hear back from a hiring manager when you include a summary.
- Professional Experience
Your professional job history or relative coursework should be the bulk of your resume. Remember to incorporate background info that supports you as a potential hire, defining essential experiences first and quantifying your previous work and responsibilities to measure your success.
Whether you are a recent graduate or have been out of school for 20+ years, providing your degree gives the employer a good idea of your education level. Be sure to mention your areas of study, coursework, or involvement that correlate to the role and set you apart from other candidates.
- Relevant Skills
To supplement your professional experience, list any expertise related to the job description. If it is a tech role, it might require specific SQL skills, programming knowledge, or management experience. Depending on the job, you can also note your relevant certifications, spoken languages, publications, or personal portfolios to differentiate yourself further.
Recognize that your resume could be the first thing setting you apart from the rest of the talent pool. Demonstrate clear communication and organization, and show that you have something different to offer from the rest. Once you have all these boxes checked, you’re almost ready to submit your application! You will likely need to submit a cover letter too, then get ready to practice your interviewing skills! You got this.
If you are experienced and looking for work as an IT or EDI professional, submit your resume, and a team member will reach out to you.
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