It’s easy to create a resume that looks like everyone else’s resume. But to win that interview, you need to go further. Here are four strategies that take you beyond the standard, cookie-cutter resume and can help get you noticed. Here are a few tips to think about when developing your resume:
Sell yourself! Make it easy for employers to pick you for an interview. Communicate who you are, what you offer, and what makes you different from other applicants.
Identify your transferable skills. Your transferable skills are a major selling point that sets you apart from other job seekers. Make sure you know what skills you have and highlight them in your resume.
Highlight your accomplishments. Anyone can list duties and responsibilities, but accomplishments give you credibility. They also help your resume come alive.
Use keywords effectively. The specific words you use in your resume are critical for communicating your value, both electronically, and in print.
Follow the strategies above, and you’ll have a unique and powerful resume. Better yet, when you hear “Why should we hire you?” at an interview, you’ll be ready with answers!
Why Do You Need a Great Resume? Your resume communicates your qualifications, who you are and what makes you different, to employers and recruiters. In a tough job market, you need a resume that helps you stand out in a sea of applicants. A great resume grabs the attention of employers and recruiters, sells your strongest skills and accomplishments, shows why you’re a potential match for a position or project, and communicates both your current capabilities and future potential. A polished and well written resume is the first step in getting the all-important interview!
Before sitting down to develop your resume, a key first step in creating your resume is gathering information, such as information on the companies you’ve worked for and/or courses that you’ve taken or certifications you’ve earned. Think about your job target. Are you going after a specific, advertised position, or a more general opportunity in your field? What’s your goal? Find out about employer needs…specifically what employers are looking for, and explore the latest trends and skill requirements in your field.
It is also important to think about your qualifications. What special assets and unique strengths do you offer? What values do you hold that make a job a good fit? Your overall objective is to match your goals and qualifications to employer’s needs. This is what will ultimately win you the interview, so it is important to develop a resume that reflects YOU in the very best way!
Writing Your Resume
Once you’ve completed your research and settled on a job target, it’s time to put your resume together. See below for some tips related to putting together a resume or updating one that you already have on file.
- Understand the basic elements. A resume consists of several sections, each of which delivers essential information to your readers.
- Select the right resume format. Depending on your background or goals, you’ll want to emphasize some things and de-emphasize others.
- Write a first draft. Assemble the basic sections of your resume, highlighting your skills, accomplishments, and other aspects of your brand.
- Edit and proofread. Your first draft should be just that—a first draft. Take the time to edit so it’s complete and clear. Then proofread carefully!
- Design for easy reading. You don’t need anything elaborate. But you do need a resume that’s attractive and easy to scan for information when a prospective employer reviews your resume.
Below is a resume sample to give you a starting point when you build your resume.
1234 Circle Drive
Easton, MA 02375
Dependable, enthusiastic worker with related experience seeking a Welding or Building Maintenance position. Self-starter, dedicated to achieving high-quality results.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Welding: Developed extensive experience in a wide variety of welding styles and positions including:
MIG TIG ARC Heliarc
Oxyacetylene Air ARC Cutting and Gouging Automatic Seam
Plasma Cutting Underwater Water Cooled Spot Welding
Fabrication: Skilled in layout and design of sheet metal and pipe. Developed knowledge of sheet rollers and brakes. Followed Manufacturer’s Operating Processes (MOP) to detail.
Equipment Operator: Experienced forklift operator on various sized and styles of forklifts. Skilled in the use of a variety of power tools and metal fabrication equipment including: drills, drill press, edge planer, end mill, benders, power saws, sanders, and grinders.
Equipment Maintenance: Performed general maintenance on welding equipment and production machinery. Maintained high production levels through onsite machine repairs and preventive maintenance.
Building Maintenance: Acquired experience in general construction including basic electrical repairs, carpentry, concrete, glass, spray and roller painting, plumbing, patching, and sheetrock.
SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE
As a welder, maintained strict performance, quality, and production standards. Trained new employees.
Certificate in Welding and Blueprint Reading
Diploma from Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical High School, South Easton, MA