When it comes to your resume, there is no question that there are some items that can really make it stand out – and others that can guarantee you will wind up in the rejected pile. Remember, each job application requires a careful review of the requirements, skill sets, and recommendations that will give you the leg up on other applicants. As such, here is a look at the best things to put on your resume.
It may sound stupid, but you would be unpleasantly surprised at how many people neglect to put down their contact information on their resumes! This includes all forms of contact information, such as your phone, email, and address. Depending on your personal tastes, you may also want to link to your social media presence, but it is better to do that if you use social media primarily for work purposes. You should certainly avoid putting in any personal links, like to Facebook or TikTok. A LinkedIn account works well for professional social media.
Putting your work experience is great, of course – but it’s not enough to list where you worked and when you worked there, as you have to go deeper in order to make your resume stand out. This can be done in the bullet point section of your work experience. Using “resume words” that make your resume pop, concisely describe your job descriptions and duties. Additionally, make sure that you customize your job experience to the job you are applying for now. For example, if there are ways to tie your past experience to your current application, take advantage of them. This can help your resume stand out from the crowd.
A COVID-19 Orientation
We all know it: COVID-19 has forever changed the way that people work. This begs the question: Is your resume updated in order to address the disruptions caused by COVID-19? For example, does your resume address:
- Your experience as a self-starter and someone who can work in a non-traditional office environment?
- Your flexibility and ability to work in a variety of settings and with people who work in non-traditional environments?
- Your ability to get the most out of a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Teams, Skype, and more?
This, of course, may not be a specific section of your resume. Instead, these references should be sprinkled in throughout your entire resume. Make sure you take the time to explain the work you did during COVID-19, and how that work may be beneficial at the office you are applying.
Quantify Your Accomplishments
As noted by a variety of experts, it is not enough to say what your responsibilities were in a job – all that does is explain your old job description. Instead, you have to quantify your job performance, including what you actually were able to accomplish. If you are looking for a facility management job, then putting down any special facility management training or certifications you’ve earned is going to go far in recommending you for that role.
Furthermore, to the extent that you can’t, don’t just use strong verbs and descriptions. Instead, focus on your deliverables. Describe what you did, using objective metrics and overall successes. If you broke old records, say so. Talk about the deliverables you achieved, and make sure that those deliverables can be tied into what you hope to achieve in your potential new role.
As you can see, all of these items require a customized, personalized look at what content will work best on your resume. Make sure to carefully review each job description and do your homework into what each company is looking for before figuring out a way to factor in all of the items above. Doing this can dramatically enhance your odds of success.