How to Make a Resume That Will Get You Employed
Making a resume that will get you employed involves several key steps.

How to Make a Resume That Will Get You Employed

June 2023

Making a resume that will get you employed involves several key steps. Here are some tips to help you create a compelling and effective resume:

  1. Start with a strong header: Your header should include your name, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile (if you have one). Make sure your name is in a larger type size than the rest of the text.
  2. Write a powerful summary statement: Your summary statement should be a concise summary of your skills, experience, and what you bring to the table. Make sure it highlights your unique selling points and makes you stand out from other candidates.
  3. Tailor your resume to the job description: Look at the job description and customize your resume to match the qualifications and requirements listed. Use keywords and phrases from the job description throughout your resume.
  4. Use bullet points and action verbs: Instead of lengthy paragraphs, use bullet points to highlight your achievements and responsibilities. Start each bullet point with a strong action verb, such as "managed," "implemented," or "created."
  5. Quantify your accomplishments: Use numbers and percentages to show the impact of your work. For example, instead of saying "Increased sales," say "Increased sales by 25% in Q3 2022."
  6. Show your skills and experience: Make sure your resume includes all relevant skills and experience for the job you're applying for. Highlight your most impressive achievements and make sure they are relevant to the position.
  7. Proofread and edit: Before submitting your resume, proofread it several times to check for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Have someone else read it over as well to catch any mistakes you may have missed.
  8. Use keywords: Recruiters often use application tracking software (ATS) to filter for the most qualified candidates. This is especially important for corporate positions that can attract hundreds of applications. Review the keywords that are used in the job description and be intentional about including those throughout your resume. Pay particular attention to the tense and format that an employer uses to describe a role and use that form in your resume. For example, if the employer uses the word "project manager," and you use "project management," your resume could, hypothetically, not make it past the filters.
  9. Save as a PDF: It's important to save your file as a PDF to ensure it stays in the same formatting you designed it to be in. If you send it as a Word document, you run the risk that text may shift and make it less readable.

By following these steps, you can create a compelling and effective resume that will get you noticed by employers and help you land the job you want.

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**By: Stefani W. Anggraeni — Marketing Communications & Social Media Specialist