5 Things to Include on Your Resume

Resume writing is one of the most important parts of landing a successful job, and it is so important to make sure you do your resume right. Employers will look at a resume that you send in for only a couple of seconds to notice if it will catch their eyes. If so, they will begin a deeper look at your resume to see if your experience and skills meet the position’s needs. It is important to be ready with your resume in order to impress the employer and to ensure it contains the necessary information for the job that you are applying for.

1. Keywords

It is so important to highlight your educational and career experience that is relevant to the job that you are applying for on your resume. In giving the descriptions of these experiences though, it is important to use keywords that have to do with the job that you are applying for. Many employers use a tracking system that searches a resume for keywords before even sending the resume to the hiring manager. This helps to eliminate the resumes that are not ready for the job position. You can find the keywords that you want to include by reading over the job description and looking for words that are bolded or that are repetitive in nature.

2. Objectives

An employer is not going to hire you if they feel as if you will not be a benefit to their company. It is important when going into a professional career, to use the job as part of your career goals, and to clearly define how this job can assist your goals on your resume. You do not have to give a detailed description or objective though. Just give yourself a title, such as “finances expert” below your name and contact information at the top of your resume.

3. Licenses and Certifications

No, you should not include your driver’s license information in the contact section of your resume. What you should include, however, is if you hold any licenses or any specific certifications that could be extremely important to the job that you are applying for. Make your credentials part of your name as in if you are a registered nurse, for instance, put “John Smith, R.N.” at the top of your resume. This will be one of the first things the hiring manager sees, making them more interested in what the rest of your resume may include.

4. Portfolios and Websites

If you have a portfolio or website that you helped to design, be sure to include the link to it on your resume. Put this with your contact information so that it is easily accessible by the employer that you want to impress. Even if you do not have a personal website, you can include a link to your LinkedIn profile so that the employer gets some idea of who you are. Be sure to consider creating a portfolio in the future though, especially if you work in a creative field or in a field in which you write.

5. Statistics

It is so important to show how successful you have been at your previous careers on your resume. This can come in the form of providing statistics about how you helped your former companies to grow and how many leads you generated, for instance. If you worked for EAD corporate, give statistics on how much environmental impact you made for the company. Make sure to give details on percentages, the amount of revenue you generated, the time period in which the statistics are from, and anything else that could be relevant.

Final Thoughts

A resume provides an employer the first glance into who you are as a person and as a professional and how you can benefit their company. It is so important to show your best professional self by being proud of your accomplishments, credentials, and experiences as highlighted on your resume. Make sure your resume is seen as something that the employer wants to read through utilizing keywords throughout. This will help you to stand out and may even help you to land that dream job that you are hoping for.

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