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Are You Spotlighting the Right Areas in Your Resume?

16 September, 2020
Are You Spotlighting the Right Areas in Your Resume?

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have suddenly flooded the labor market with many qualified candidates and job seekers must now work harder than ever to land the position they want. 

If you are currently looking for a new job, one thing you must do is spotlight the right areas of your resume. Generally, these are the areas that directly related to the skills that are necessary for the job. 

Matching the Job Description 

Many businesses use an applicant tracking system (ATS) software program that capable of automatically scanning, filtering and rating resumes based on keywords and phrases, in an attempt to narrow down the pool of candidates to only the most qualified.  

Because of these programs, your resume must include the words and phrases that are most relevant to both the job and your qualifications. For instance, if you are applying to a graphic designer position, you absolutely must list a mastery of 'Adobe Creative Suite' in your resume -- as that collection of programs is the industry standard for graphic design. Including that phrases will likely earn you preferential treatment from an ATS, while a phrase like 'mastery of graphic design software' may not. 

So, how do you know which words and phrases are important? A good approach is to repeat key words and phrases from the job posting itself and other similar postings. 

Study the Company 

In addition to reflecting the job description in your resume, it also helps to study the company itself to learn about things like workplace culture and organizational values. This due diligence can help you learn about additional attributes that you should list on your resume. For instance, if the company culture emphasizes structure and compliance, you should reflect that in your application. 

If possible, get in touch with a current or former employee and ask what the company thinks about its best workers. Employer review websites like Glassdoor can also tell you a lot about what type of person finds success at a particular company. 

The official website can also tell you a great deal. Look closely at how the business describes its operation and work environment. 

Highlight Your Skills 

A resume format should be concise and easy to read. This is particularly critical when it comes to the Skills section. 

The standard approach is to use a three-column, three-row bulleted list above the work experience section. Your Skills section should list all technical and interpersonal abilities that pertain directly to the job posting, including any keywords you’ve discovered. Only use a few words for each skill bullet. 

Key skills should also be weaved into other resume sections, such as professional certifications and your career summary. In other sections, you want to show how you have used your skills. For instance, you could show leadership ability by describing how you “led a project team to complete a million-dollar initiative.” 

We Can Help with Your Current Job Search 

Right now, a job search is more difficult than ever. At Quanta, we’re working tirelessly to ensure job seekers keep their careers on track and moving forward. Please contact us to find out how we can help you

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