Creating a resume can be extremely difficult. The toughest part comes before any of the writing or styling begins — actually doing things to put on your resume.
Sure, there are all of your high school accomplishments, but after you flip that tassel to the other side, all that hard work might as well have been from your diaper days. As it turns out, no one — not even your boss — cares about high school after high school.
Now, you have to find completely new ways to beef up your resume while maintaining an effortless competency. The good news is that there are a few easy ways to increase your chances of getting a job, no matter what you put on your resume.
Identify Accomplishments, Not Just Job Descriptions
Job descriptions can help to define your skill set, but they say nothing about what you actually achieved while utilizing those skills. Employers want to see that you’ve used your skills to accomplish a task in an exceptional way.
Quantify Your Accomplishments
Data never lies. If you’re going to talk about your accomplishments, then don’t just say it — prove it with a number. This could be as simple as “I wrote 12 articles for the student newspaper.” Simply having the number in there improves your persuasiveness.
Cater Your Resume for the Industry
Don’t write a generic cover letter or resume. Ever. Employers can smell inauthenticity from a mile away. When you’re writing your resume, use the words and language that your employer would use. This shows that you understand the industry and can communicate in that space.
Network. Network. Network.
Networking can be terrifying, but it can have amazing benefits down the road. Just remember, networking doesn’t have to be a long-term, active relationship. Simply communicating with people on a periodic basis can help you stay in touch and may lead to an opportunity down the road.
Volunteer in the Community
This is something easy to add to your resume that shows initiative and good work ethic. And remember, just putting a little community service on your resume can go a long way. Volunteer at an animal shelter, feed the homeless, or help the environment — there are always plenty of ways to serve.
Using these tips, you’ll be on the fast track to getting the job that you want!