Today, there are two ways to get a job. 1 – through networking (word of mouth, referrals, etc.) and 2 – through an online application. Both, however, require the submission of a resume, and usually a cover letter as well. The catch is (especially with an online application) that dozens, if not hundreds of resumes are submitted to the average application. Therefore, recruiters simply do not have the time to sit and scan each one – and this is where the disconnect occurs. ATS scan each resume for keywords through softwares to identify close matches. Therefore, successful resumes match certain keywords, which are usually drawn for respective job descriptions. This is bad news for applicants, because they can have a stellar document with grammatical proofing, but lack the basic keywords that would make them a “match.”
To be specific, another issue is within the content itself. Naturally, one would list their tasks and day-to-day duties to within their job descriptions, because that is what they do…right? Wrong. There is a key component often missing in resumes and cover letters, which are results. People hiring you want to know your achievements. Anyone can be a doer, but results prove that you bring value. Professional resume writing makes sure to include not only strong action verbs to open up bullets, but also to highlight the key accomplishments and notable achievements. Using quantifiable metrics makes your resume look result oriented, which is a huge plus.
Skills & Qualifications
Another crucial component to the equation are skills. LinkedIn has taken note of this and continuously implements this section into their platform. Most jobs entail a niche duty, which requires certain skills. Similar to implementing keywords, you must articulate this clearly in your resume. The proper way to do this is by listing your technical and industrial skills. For example, you’ll want to include your computer proficiency, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and any programs you are familiar with (i.e. Adobe, WordPress, Tableau). On the other hand, make sure to include the industries and practices you are experienced in. Few examples of this would be: accounting, business finance, sales, engineering, academia, litigation, event planning, construction…you get the idea? Resume writing must be done by a professional who is accustomed to tailoring towards industry keywords.
Why hire a professional resume writer?
There are several other guidelines that you must follow during the resume writing process. Simply using an online resume builder or free template will cause you to overlook several factors, including proper length, formatting, verbiage, and category sequence. Our job is to connect the dots and highlight your complete career and potential. Resume Advisor proudly celebrates the success of their clients by creating tools simply as if they are their own. When it comes to your career, don’t compromise quality. Your resume and cover letter are your tickets to your progression; let us ensure you make it to the front row. Contact Resume Advisor to learn how to write a perfect resume and cover letter.