If you’re looking to find more in-depth resume tips, I have a much longer article about resumes called Resume Tips: How to Write a Strong Resume that Gets You Real Interviews. (You can also find more “how to” resume article links at the end of this article that are designed to help you review and edit your own resume.)
But if you just want a quick and easy way to review your own resume to make sure that it does what it needs to do to get you the job you want, try this:
- Take out the job description and write down the 5 key job skills and responsibilities that they are looking for.
- Now list 5 – 10 things that you’ve done that either match directly or can be a transferable skill (something you’ve already done that uses the same abilities as those they want).
- Pick the 3 – 5 things you’ve done that provide the strongest evidence that you match what the employer is looking for.
- Review your resume to see if those 3 – 5 things stand out, meaning they are easily seen and absorbed in a moment’s glance.
- If any of these things need more emphasis, adjust your resume to make sure an employer can see them quickly and make the connection.
Of course, your resume still needs to look good, be written well, contain powerful accomplishment statements, and be designed to let the eye flow easily so that key impressions are made quickly. But if an employer can’t see at a glance why your resume is even worth taking the time to look at in more depth, than all your effort is wasted.
I’ve seen too many good people with resumes that don’t do them justice. Please take the time to make sure your resume gets the attention you both deserve!
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