The Secret to a Great Resume

Preparing a resume seems like a straightforward task, however, many people searching for a new job opportunity don’t give it the research and focus that it deserves. We recommend that candidates customize their resumes for each job they are interested in and when it’s done well, it allows them to stand out among others and can open the door to an interview.

How do you do this?

A well-crafted Statement of Qualifications is a critical element of your resume. With its placement at the very top of your resume, it’s the first thing a hiring manager will read.

When you take the time to demonstrate that you have actually read the job description and spell out how you have the relevant skills necessary, hiring managers will take notice.

How to write a Statement of Qualifications

Refer to the job description or advertisement for the position you are seeking and identify the 5 most important qualifications.  Then, write a bullet point for each, addressing the key qualification and explain specifically how you meet this requirement.

Here’s an example:

The job requirement – Experience with Drupal content management systems and uploading content to websites.

Related Statement of Qualifications bullet point – Five years Drupal experience working with company websites and uploading monthly content including employee benefit changes and updates.

After you’ve crafted your Statement of Qualifications, here are two other resume tips we recommend you implement.

Keep it to one page.

Remember that your resume represents the highlights of your career and what is most relevant to the job you are applying for, so listing every detail of each position you’ve held isn’t necessary. With the amount of resumes a hiring manager has to review, they spend a minute or two reviewing each. Keeping yours to one page with an effective Statement of Qualifications and a compressed resume only highlighting the relevant experience to the job you are applying for will make it more appealing for the HR person to read on.  We recommend that you include all individual positions held, listing the time periods and leaving no gaps. Keep descriptions for positions that have less relevance to the job you are interested in brief.

When providing details about the positions you have held, use bullet points that demonstrate quantitative results. Here’s an example:Managed multiple marketing programs with a budget of $750K getting a response rate of 3.45% generating 31K new accounts.

We wish you the best of luck in customizing your resumes and hope that you found these tips helpful and easy to follow.