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7 Tips to Make Your Resume Say, “I’m the One for the Job!

There are thousands of articles on the internet that claim they hold the secret to success. But you have to remember that success does not fall into anyone’s lap unless they have worked for it. So, if you want to strike gold and succeed in getting your resume noticed by a potential employer, you have to work towards it.
An employer’s key objective is to find someone who:
  • doesn’t require much training
  • will slip right into the prescribed role
  • will guarantee a high return on investment
 So what better way to let them know than to show them in your resume that you can meet all their needs?
 Here are 7 things that your resume must show that you can do effortlessly:
  1.  Achieve
Let me tell you this—achievements will never grow old. Every employer will probably just skip to this part of your resume. So make sure it looks good! Put in everything you possibly can (in this case, you can throw relevance out the window). Remember, there is no such thing as ‘overselling yourself’ when it comes to achievements. Employers want to hire achievers.
  1. Learn
Another thing that really ropes employers in is the willingness to learn. What better way to show them this than to list some extra courses you have taken? Haven’t taken any extra courses? It’s time you do! Extracurricular activities are a great way to add substance and enrich your resume.
There are tons of career schools that offer short term courses in a vast range of fields for a reasonable price. Having a career school (like Porter and Chester Institute for example) on your resume will really give you the boost you need.
  1. Be Relevant
A knitting hobby has absolutely no business being mentioned in a manager’s resume. Similarly, your love for dogs would probably go unnoticed when you’re being screened for a software developer’s job opening. Mention only information that is relevant to the kind of job you are applying for. Create your resume depending on what type of job you are applying for. The information that goes into it should change drastically with every application. Unnecessary stuff would probably just annoy the reader and you could be at risk of having your resume tossed onto the ‘loser’ pile.
  1. Present
A resume that practically screams how good you are just by one glance (or maybe two) is one that will warrant a call back.
If you are a designer, a spunky, full-of-life resume will scream out loud that you are the one for the job. Perhaps an infographic resume with vibrant images and colors would do the trick. Looking for cool samples of infographic resumes? Check them out on Pinterest.
If you are a manager, it would call for a more formal ‘manageresque’ resume; perhaps with quotes from colleagues who have worked under you, saying how good a manager you are.  For example: “He was an awesome boss. We all wanted to quit when he resigned!”
  1. Format
Let’s say that you are stuck applying for a job that doesn’t have much room for creativity in the resume. Here is when you could really squeeze the juice out of formatting tools.
 Organize your information into neat little sections, clearly labeled with bold subheadings. Use a different color to highlight information that you absolutely want the reader to notice. 
 Grammatical correctness is of the absolute essence! Have at least four different people proofread your resume before you send it out to anyone to ensure that there are no grammatical or spelling errors.
  1. Communicate
Managers or people looking to score executive positions, listen up! You will have to deal with many people in your role. You will even be expected to be a liaison between your company and outsiders. You need to be able to communicate without embarrassing your company.
 In the body of your resume, use quirky phrases, clever analogies and plenty of metaphors and similes. Play around with language. Show them that you are a master communicator. Make the resume fun to read but all the while reassuring them that you mean business. Getting a laugh or two out of the reader sure couldn’t hurt!
  1. Tell the Truth
We all probably know someone who has blatantly lied on his/her resume. People often modify the truth to make themselves look good.
In most cases, these things would probably go unchecked but the whole point of this article being “your resume reflects your personality,” what would fabrication in your resume say about your integrity?
Believe that you are the one for the job before you sit down to write your resume and voila, you will be!

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