Your resume is a vital tool in your job search. It’s how hiring managers check for fit. It’s also how they measure you against other candidates. What’s the best way to stand out? Through customization. When your resume is tailored to the position, with the most relevant details possible, you’ll have a much higher chance of getting a call for an interview. Here are some tips from Stewart Staffing, one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, for the best approach:
Review the job description.
When you take a look back at the job description, highlight those critical needs that the employer has and then come up with a list of your skills and strengths that best meet them. Make sure too when writing your resume, you’re including keywords from the job posting, as well, to optimize it for the applicant tracking system (ATS). The ATS is simply technology many companies use to screen resumes and filter out candidates who are a poor fit.
Read through the company website.
In addition to the job description, take a look at the company website, especially areas like the About, Services, and News pages. These should give you a good sense of the organization’s values and what’s important to them. When writing your resume, you can then include details about your own background that best align with them. For instance, if they place a heavy emphasis on philanthropy, then include a Volunteer section on your resume and list the work you’ve done for local charities.
Focus on your summary of strengths.
Instead of including an objective, today’s resumes should instead have a summary of strengths or qualifications. These should be customized for each position you’re applying to with specific details and information that demonstrate you’re a match for the position. It’s important to focus on this area since hiring managers only scan resumes quickly, focusing most of their attention on the top third of the page.
Tweak your career history.
When it comes to your past positions, make sure you’re including information that’s most relevant to the job. This section likely won’t need to be rewritten. However, you might need to re-order bullet points to put the most pertinent information at the top. You should also include any skills or experience that are unique to the potential employer’s needs.
Call a friend.
Before you send in your resume, ask a friend or family member to review it. Send them a copy of the job description too. Fresh eyes will often catch details you’ve overlooked.
Need more help with your job search?
Stewart Staffing is a great place to start. As one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, we can help you with all aspects of your search from polishing your resume to landing the job you want. Contact us today to learn more.