Creating a Resume That Grabs an Employer’s Attention

When describing your job duties on your resume, always begin your sentences with an action verb. It gives the resume more impact and adds a third dimension to your resume. Employers always want to know what you can do for them in terms of making money, saving money or saving time. So, choose your action verbs while keeping the hiring manager’s motivations in mind.

Another important section that you should include on your resume is one that lists keywords or key phrases that are relevant to the positions you’ve held and the jobs you are applying for. By doing this, you help the employer to find your resume when they search their database for potential employees.

It is very common these days for employers to require that prospective employees submit their resumes to an online database. The recruiter then enters a search query into the database using key words and phrases that are relevant to the job opening to bring up a list of all the qualified applicants. If your resume doesn’t contain any or enough of those key words, it won’t come up in the search. So, to find appropriate keywords to add to your resume, check out some job advertisements to see which terms are commonly used.

While you want your resume to be unique, you don’t want it to be tacky. Do not use inappropriate graphics or strange paper colors in attempt to attract attention. Instead focus on giving relevant interesting content. Although well meaning, sometimes the use of flashy graphics and colors can come off as a desperate tactic. You want to come off as someone who is confident in your abilities.

As a rule, you should use either the arial or times new roman font for your resume. Use either one of these fonts or something very similar as you want to ensure that your reader doesn’t go cross eyed while reading your resume. The only exception is a resume that is for a creative type of role. If you are a clothing or graphic designer, you can use fancier elements in creating your resume so long as it’s tastefully done.

Also, avoid listing personal interests and hobbies on your resume. In general, hobbies are not usually relevant to job duties and so they don’t belong on a resume. The exception is if you love to tinker with computers in your spare time and you’re a programmer or you love to tinker with cars and you’re a mechanic, in these cases, your hobby is relevant to the position that you’re applying for. But, most people list things like cycling, hiking, hunting, etc. Instead, use your hobbies as an icebreaker when you get to the interview if appropriate.

If you are invited into a hiring manager’s office and you notice that he or she has vacation photos on his or her desk, it’s a great way to break the ice and build rapport if you ask questions about the photos. In the process, you might find that you share something in common and at that point, feel free to discuss your hobbies if you discover that you share a common interest with the interviewer.

If you’re looking to find a new job and you’ve crafted a great resume, you’ll need to prepare yourself for meeting prospective employers. Visit How to Prepare for a Job Interview to learn what you need to do to ensure you land the job.


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