- The relevant experience section of your resume is one of the most important sections that is truly representing you and your experiences. This area, when written well, can really assist a reviewer in envisioning you in one of their positions.
When writing the bullet points about your experiences in a particular position, there should be three components of each bullet point. This is the area where you can really showcase your effectiveness!
- The What – This one is easy: what did you do?
- The Why – This one is usually also pretty easy: Why did you do what you did? Either it needs to be explained in the bullet points or the reviewer should be able to understand the why behind what you did.
- The Outcome – This is the tough one, but also, I believe, the most important. What positive change did you help influence? What legacy did you leave?
Here is an example:
Original: Worked on the renovation and rebranding campaign, including a completely redesigned website.
New Version: Assisted in redesigning the organization’s website as part of the rebranding campaign, resulting in a 35% increase of website traffic.
Including numbers where you are able to is a great thing! Not only do numbers typically showcase your effectiveness (increased sales, decreased expenses, etc.) but it also gives a weary recruiter’s eyes a break from a sea of words!
- Really read through the job description you are applying to. There are some secrets hidden in there to help make your application experiences exciting, fun and most importantly, successful!
Ol, sorry to disappoint, but there aren’t really secrets hidden in there. There are very carefully well-placed key words throughout the job description, though. It is imperative that you take the time to read through the job description, a few times!
- Make sure you understand what the position entails and that you are interested in working in this job.
- Now take a look at the basic requirements (skills and education) of the position. Do you meet or exceed them? Great! Make sure that you include these key words, skill sets, majors, etc. in your resume as many recruiters will use key word searches and if the basics aren’t included in your resume well, that recruiter most likely will not be looking at your resume.
- How do you make yourself stand out even more? Try to include some, if not all, of the preferred skills and education in your resume as well. Oftentimes, I am able to find my top applicants from a job posting simply by searching for my preferred criteria.
- To wrap things up, here are some additional tips that will hopefully help you out in your quest for the best resume ever!
- Portfolios are not just for creative folks anymore. They are for a lot of different roles, everything from graphic design to architecture to mechanical engineering. Please make sure you include a link to your online portfolio on your resume. Also, make sure that the link works and that your site is not “under construction”!
- Unless it is relevant to what you are applying for, once in college/university, high school information and experiences can be removed from your resume.
- There is no need to list references or state that references are available on your resume. That is a given, and if needed, the interviewer will ask for you to provide them.
- Listing out all of the courses you have taken on campus so far is not always helpful. If you feel it is important and relevant for what you are applying to, it is fine to include some coursework on your resume. Too much may seem like you are trying to just fill space.
This is a lot of information, so take your time, go through it all, do a few revisions, get others to proofread, really look at those job descriptions and make sure you are prepping your ambassador, the resume, to go out there in the world and properly represent you and all you have to offer!
You’ve got this!