Resume writing strategies
Tips to help you craft a resume that will stand out.
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. Of the various types of skills we have, our transferable skills, those skills we can use across different fields and jobs, are often the most difficult to identify. That’s because they often aren’t as obvious as our more specific job-related skills.
Highlight your accomplishments. Anyone can list duties and responsibilities, but accomplishments give you credibility. They also help your resume come alive.
Use keywords and formatting strategically. Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are often used for a first review of resumes, and it's helpful to know how to craft a resume that follows their requirements.
Tip: Why are spelling and grammar so important?
Your resume and cover letter represent YOU to a prospective employer. That means you want these products to reflect positively on your attention to detail and accuracy – traits valued by employers in all industries.
Employers may view typos or grammatical errors as evidence of carelessness or limited communication skills. Use spell check – and then get a friend or family member to proofread what you have written to catch any mistakes.