Does Your Resume Have These Important Elements?

21 October, 2020
Does Your Resume Have These Important Elements?

Whether you’re an experienced professional or a recent grad, it can be easy to overlook resume basics.

Below is a short list of essential elements that every resume ought to have.

Straightforward Section Headings

When your resume first lands in front of a hiring manager's eyes, you don’t have a great deal of time to sell your candidacy. On average, a hiring manager looks at a resume for less than 30 seconds. Simple, large bold-faced font headings help break up a resume into easy-to-read blocks, making it easy for your reader to quickly locate information.

Avoid using unconventional fonts or colors, especially on a paper resume, as is can confuse the software many companies use to scan resumes.

Relevant Work Experience

Obviously, a resume should list past jobs, but you don't have to list every single position you've ever held. The most important thing to remember when listing past jobs is relevancy.

For only your most relevant past jobs, list your responsibilities that appear in the job description or are directly related to the job you’re seeking. Condense or leave out past jobs and duties that aren’t very related. If you have volunteer experience or an outside the workplace project that you feel is relevant make sure you include that too.

Show Your Value

Listing past job duties only says so much about your value as a professional. Hiring managers want to know what you could do if they hired you. For instance, if your sales efforts resulted in $200,000 in new revenue, it says a lot about what you could do if hired for a sales-related position.

Including hard numbers and specific details help to make your achievements pop off the resume and drives home your ability to get things done.

‘Keyword’ Skills

Your resume should make it as effortless as possible for the reader to rapidly spot the specific qualifications they’re seeking for the position. Include all abilities found within the job description that you have, as well as any abilities that are especially critical or valuable in your field. Omit abilities that are not related to the position.

Since resume-scanning software searches for precise matches between a candidate's listed abilities and the ones in the job description, it is critical to use the right ‘keywords’ for the position. An effective strategy is to write out your abilities (and experience) using the exact wording from the job posting. For example, if the posting description asks for Microsoft Office experience, don’t abbreviate it as ‘MS Office’.

Try to incorporate essential keywords into sections for your abilities, work experience, education and even in your section headings.

Use a Career Summary Section

A Summary section can lay out a common thread or theme that spans your entire career. For your reader, this section sums up your value into a brief paragraph or two. A Summary section can be particularly useful for job seekers looking to switch career paths, or those with a large range of work experiences.

We Can Help Optimize Your Resume

At Quanta, we regularly help job seekers write the best resume possible for their current job search. If you are currently looking for resume assistance, please contact us today.

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