If you are actively seeking a position in your field, it’s important that you do everything you can to make the right first impression through your resume. It’s that very first impression that will help you to score an interview-and from there, you have a great chance of snagging a job. So how do you get started? Here are a few tips to help make your resume an interview grabber:
Create an Attention-Grabbing Job Target
Aside from your name, the job target is one of the first pieces of information a hiring manager will read on your resume-which is why it is so important that you make it count.
In the old days, the objective statement told a company that you were “Seeking an ABC position in XYZ Company”. But now, the target is greatly sought after because it skips the obvious and asks the candidate to dig a bit deeper by expressing what he or she can do for the company.
An example of an attention-grabbing target might be: “5-Time Award-Winning Sales Executive Looks to Double Profits for XYZ Company”. This way, you not only tell the company why you’re a great candidate, but how you intend to help them excel.
Develop a New Resume for Each Position; Show That You Know the Company
Very often, as job candidates applying for multiple positions, we find ourselves in a resume-writing rut. We’re tired of writing new resumes, and therefore tend to use a carbon-copying tactic to make the process move more quickly. Unfortunately, our attempt to speed up the process results in submitting an unappealing resume that screams, “I used this already with another company.”
To avoid this, take the time to develop a new resume for each position for which you apply. Look at the goals the company wants to accomplish through the position, then list some of your accomplishments and skills that prove you can fulfill those goals. This is not only the more committed approach to writing a resume, but it helps yours stand out among those that look like carbon copies.
One great way to make your resume stand out is to include testimonials. These one- or two-sentence quotes from individuals in your field who recommend you for the position can work wonders in giving your resume unique appeal. Give it a try by simply listing two or three testimonials down the side of your resume. Doing so helps your resume look great visually-and gives you a leg up on the competition.
While you may be accustomed to thinking that it’s your resume that gets you the job, it is actually the interview that can make or break your chances of being hired. So take time to create an interview-grabbing resume that will encourage employers to call you for an interview.