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Explaining Strengths And Skills in Your Resume

resumeWhen writing your resume, you are using it to market yourself to a prospective employer; for this reason, you need to be explaining strengths and skills in your resume. What will the hiring manager get by hiring you for a certain position?

Make Each Statement Original

When piecing together your resume, make sure you are comfortable with every point you make. Check and recheck what you’ve written. Make sure that each statement is original and says something positive about you. Use action verbs when describing your previous jobs. This will let your prospective employer know that because you were there, positive things happened.  In a tasteful manner, let your potential employer know that you can shake things up to make good things happen.

Use Examples

Instead of creating a long list of your qualities and strengths, try to connect them with real life and work experiences. By qualifying your strengths and qualities through examples, you will be able to prove that you indeed possess these qualities. Otherwise, it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.

Along this same line, don’t merely state your skills. This will not grab the attention of companies. If you manage to explain how your skills will benefit a company and its clients, and can connect them to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances.

Avoid Lists of Responsibilities

Lastly, avoid detailed responsibility lists for your job descriptions. Employers will often already assume that your past related positions encompassed these responsibilities. Listing your responsibilities is also boring to read, and will not sufficiently sell you to future employers. Therefore, it’s best to describe your professional achievements, and explain your role through your accomplishments.

On a more general note concerning selling your skills… utilize the space under each past job position to the fullest. Take the time to describe innovative and effective methods you have used and highlight relevant accomplishments or additional duties that you took on. Use bullet points to showcase key information that you want to stand out the most.

Answer Specific Questions

The prospective employer wants to know what is in it for them. This is what they will look for when reviewing your resume.  Employers are looking for effective problem solvers. You have to represent yourself accordingly. You can display this is by answering the following questions and including the answers in your resume.  What types of problems did you solve at your previous job?  How did your previous employer benefit from your problem solving? What makes you better at your job than the next person? Did you create a new program or system? If so, what were the results?  What achievements were you proud of at your last job? How did you make a difference at your job? Did you improve profits or sales? Did you increase employee morale or retention?  What accomplishments did the company recognize you for?

Don’t underestimate the importance a resume has on marketing what you can bring to an organization, so many job seekers just throw their resume together failing to understand it can make the difference between someone picking up the phone and discarding your document. By following these simple guidelines, you are sure to stand out above the rest and earn your resume a closer read!

What resume tips have helped you get noticed and land your dream job? Comment and share below! Need additional assistance? Reach out to Candace to learn more!

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