Resumes are fairly subjective document. One hiring manager’s essential piece of information can be another’s fluff. The one thing most human resources professionals agree on is the need for a clear and concise marketing piece that quickly and efficiently communicates a candidate’s qualifications and experiences.
When working as a Human Resources Manager—prior to owning my company—I wanted to see concrete achievements and strong keywords that matched the competencies I had outlined in the job description. Frankly, irrelevant and trivial information just wasted my time. Soft skills such as “team player” and “excellent communication skills” didn’t belong in a resume unless demonstrating solid examples of those skills in a work environment.
What is important is that your resume needs to calls attention to your achievements and responsibilities; revealing how you will contribute to the company. Points to remember when constructing your resume are:
- Eliminate phrases that have no real meaning in the resume, including “team player” and “excellent communication skills.”
- Use keywords or buzzwords that are relevant to your industry.
- Communicate duties and responsibilities, followed by solid accomplishments that prove your ability to be successful in your position.
- Never emphasize your own needs, but highlight skills and achievements that will add value to the company.
By identifying and listing skills, accomplishments, and keywords in your resume, you increase the chances of your resume being noticed quickly during the screening process. It also gives you an edge on the interview process by preparing you to discuss contributions that you can bring to your future employer.
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