Does your resume have what it takes?

Your resume showcases all the things an employer is looking for and it's important to know that each has certain expectations that they would like you to fulfill. Be sure to keep it current and update it as often as possible!

Check out these tips on how to make your resume stronger and more desirable to employers!

1- Possess the qualifications for the job
Increase your chances of being hired by tailoring your resume specifically to jobs that you are qualified for. You don’t necessarily need to meet all of the requirements that job postings ask for, but do make sure that you have at least 75% of the qualifications. Present them in easy-to-read sentences and bullet points. Highlight your past accomplishments to show how you can excel at the job.

2- Make it easy for them to contact you
Place your contact info right up at the top of your resume. Be sure your email sounds professional. If it begins with cutiepie107 or a bunch of random letters and numbers create a new one with your last name and first initial, such as Jsmith for example. Remember, keep it professional! List your phone number as well and make sure that once you put your resume out there that you are checking your messages and responding!

3-Show that you want the job
The first thing an employer is going to notice is if your resume is relevant to the job that they are hiring for. Do you live close enough to the job to reasonably commute to it? Does your title closely match the job you’re applying to? Be sure your experience and accomplishments demonstrate how they benefit the employer. Remember, it is about THEM, not you. Employers don’t want to guess how your credentials apply to the role they are looking to fill.

4- Be a spelling and grammar whiz
Typically over 75% of employers noted that they wanted a stronger focus on written communication skills. Your resume is their very FIRST impression of you, so if it is riddled with spelling mistakes, type-o's, or grammatical errors you will likely not be considered for the role. Avoid this by ALWAYS making sure to have a friend or family member read over your resume. It’s tough to catch your own mistakes sometimes, they are sneaky! Be sure to use spell check and you can even download Grammarly for free to check things out.

5- Survive the Applicant Tracking System
If a company uses what’s called an applicant tracking system or ATS, your resume will go through a screening process. If it’s missing certain elements it will be pushed aside and not viewed by that particular company. Check out some tips here on how to use keywords to update your resume and beat the ATS!

Wishing you the best of luck with your resume!

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