Resumes are hard. It would be best to have a great resume, but it isn’t easy to know what to highlight, how much information to share, and how it should be designed. Many jobs can have more than 100 applicants, so it’s important to get this right. Otherwise, why bother, right? This blog will give you the must-haves we suggest should be on every resume. These tips will help you stand out from all the other applicants and even help you get the job.

Make Sure Your Resume Has These Five Things

     1. Eye-Catching Headings
          Headings that separate the content should be clear, concise, and help readers easily find the information you’re trying to share. You can use colors or bold font to make things stand out.


  1. Your Experience
    Only list your relevant experience on any resume that you’re sending out. This may change depending on the job you’re applying for. Your goal is to only focus on the experiences that pertain to the job you’re applying to. You can condense any information or omit it entirely if it doesn’t appear to fit the relevant job skills needed by the employer. Make sure it is fairly concise but also that the formatting is consistent between jobs. This is where tiny typos can be a flag for employers, so check and double-check that the bullets align and that every sentence has the proper punctuation.


  1. Statements of Impact
    By this, we mean that you should add powerful, short sentences that share what you did and how well you did it. You can say, “made sales calls,” or you can say, “pursued 10+ leads daily, closing more than $150,000 annually.” Which one do you think would be more likely to get an employer’s attention?


  1. Emphasize Soft and Hard Skills

Hard skills are the technical skills you learned on the job or through your education or certifications. Certainly, these are very valuable to employers. But these days, soft skills are just as important. Soft skills are those human characteristics that make you a great employee. For example, you could say:

  • Provided mentorship to new employees.
  • Served on the strategic leadership committee.
  • Strong multitasking skills.
  • Extremely organized and efficient.

All of these bullets exhibit important soft skills that employers look for today. Make sure you emphasize them in every job experience.

  1. Use Keywords

Here is a big tip: Use keywords. Keywords are the words that you see popping up repeatedly on the jobs you’re applying for. Recruiters use resume-scanning software to look for these exact words on resumes. You want your resume to pop up on every search. To do that, you should try this exercise:

  • Pull up five ads from a job board that you think you’re a fit for.
  • Look for the same words used repeatedly across several ads.
  • Write them down.
  • Now, rewrite your resume using those same words.

This is a great way to ensure that someone looks at your resume instead of applying and feeling like you threw it down a well.

If you’d like a confidential evaluation of your resume, send it to the team at IES. We work closely with candidates to help them look their best in front of some of the top employers in the region. Contact our team to see how we can help.

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