• Francesca Farruggio

Before ever meeting with or speaking to a potential employer, their first impression of you will come from your job resumé. If you fine tune and perfect this all-important piece of paper, you’ll put yourself in a much better position to land your dream job!

Here are five of the most important aspects to keep in mind while doing so…

Current content is key.

Emphasize your most recent accomplishments and contemporary skills. Frankly, employers don’t care if you were captain of your high school soccer team, ten years ago. Sure, it may show leadership skills, but try to come up with a more relevant example of this strength to highlight.

As explained by this article in Forbes, a resumé is a marketing document, not a historical record. Your current career goals should always determine which parts of your story to highlight and which to minimize.

Tailor your resumé to the specific company, using keywords.

You’ll stand out to employers if you include words that they often use to promote their business. Consult “About Us” areas of company websites, LinkedIn Group conversations, or social media sources in order to find these specific words to incorporate into your own information.

For example, Prospect America emphasizes a seamless bond of customer satisfaction regarding B2C relationships. You could use the word “seamless” when describing a way you carried out specific tasks at a previous job. Little changes like this can make a huge impact on an employer’s interest in you.

Enhance Readability.

One important, and often overlooked, element to keep in mind when constructing your resumé is it’s comprehensiveness.

NO GRAMMAR MISTAKES! Triple-check spelling, punctuation, and syntax.

Additionally, avoid run-on sentences at all costs, even if you have to cut out some unnecessary information. Every single word must have importance in your resumé. Use numbers, figures, and percentages to provide a more concise and credible measure of your performance.

Headings and subheads should be used to segment and introduce information. Ideal paragraphs are no longer than 3-4 lines, whereas bullet points are a smart way to include additional detail in an organized fashion.

Include a “WOW” content section.

Many professionals utilize the questions below when creating a list of “wow” statements that help differentiate them from the average candidate.

  • When have I been first or best?
  • What is the No. 1 thing I achieved in each position?
  • Which of my achievements have the most impressive numbers?
  • What have I been publicly recognized for?

Emphasis on eye candy.

Before an employer actually reads your resumé, they have to, in a literal sense, look at it. Details such as color, boxes, charts, icons, etc. can be valuable additions help improve it’s distinction… Just make sure not to turn your resumé into a piece of artwork–LOL.

Remember, your resumé is a key tool in your job search.

Nobody’s perfect… but your resumé should be. Good luck!